ABA Banking Journal

Founded in July of 1908, ABA Banking Journal online contains the complete text of ABA Banking Journal, a monthly magazine on commercial bank operation and management published by Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corp. Articles cover employee relations, recruiting and training. Subjects in the magazine also include installment, mortgage, commercial, and industrial lending as well as correspondent, foreign, and retail banking; deposit gathering; bank cards; asset and liability management; data processing and telecommunications; security; government relations; and legal and regulatory developments. The publication also provides a calendar of ABA-sponsored courses, seminars and workshops. William W. Streeter is the Editor-in-Chief and Robert DeMarco is the Group Publisher/Senior Vice President. Steve Cocheo is the Executive Editor and Andrea Rovira is the Editorial Assistant.

Articles from Vol. 101, No. 10, October

26 Ways to Get the Best out of BSA Technology: Many Banks Need to Better Manage Their BSA/AML Software, While Others Have Just Started Shopping for It. Both Will Benefit from Advice
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] BSA/AML software used for screening customers and monitoring transactions comes in differing styles, sizes, and scalabilities, but experts agree that one common denominator is that all of them can be better utilized, whether...
A Good Time for a Steady Hand: Art Johnson Has Kept His Bank Relevant and Profitable over Four Decades. the Michigan Community Banker Is Ready to Lead the ABA through Another Momentous Year
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] To other bankers, the most singular fact about Michigan bank CEO Arthur C. Johnson is likely to be that his bank is profitable despite eight consecutive years of job losses in the troubled Great Lakes State. Simply put,...
Banking Vital Signs Now vs. 1988-90
As the banking industry makes its way through the economic downturn, it's useful to put the situation in perspective by comparing industry performance in the current recession to that of the banking problems in the late 1980s to early 1990s. At present,...
Digging in for a Long Stretch of Workouts: You May Not Be Handling the Remains of Lehman Brothers, but That Doesn't Mean You Haven't Got Challenges
Ed O'Leary had seen the morning's The Wall Street Journal last month, when the Section C front page blared, "Behind Lehman's Big Property Struggle." The article described how Alvarez & Marsal, the turnaround firm overseeing the Lehman bankruptcy,...
Make Entry-Level Hiring an Asset: How to Reduce Turnover and Build a Great Bench for the Future Using Effective Recruiting
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Banking a great new college grads is fit for thousands of every year. Credit analysis, loan operations/servicing, loan origination, branch manager trainee programs, customer service, and personal banking all offer great...
No Fear: Eight Steps to a Smoother Systems Merger
Congratulations (and condolences)! You just won a bid to acquire a failed institution. Or perhaps the friendly acquisition of an institution has just been announced by executive management. Either way, you've been given a directive to get the two organizations...
Parental Influence-Help Inform It
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Who do most young people Look to for guidance through the complex world of money? Answer: their parents. To help parents better educate their children about the importance of money management, the ABA Education Foundation...
Pass the Aspirin
Headache 1 "Aspirin" from Employees Has your bank tried a formal employee suggestion program? How well does it work? What's the best idea to hove come from it? Remedy 1 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] James Tibbetts, president and CEO, First Colebrook...
"Rope-a-Dope" Sets Up Wintrust for Next Round: Localized Strategy Coupled with Careful Jabs Pays off for Multibank Holding Company, Especially as Means of Bringing in Large Stable Deposits
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Wintrust Financial Corp.'s leaders pride themselves on minimal use of wholesale funding, in the form of Federal Home Loan Bank advances and brokered CDs. What comparatively little the $11.3 billion-assets holding company uses...
Separating Gold from Garbage in BSA/AML Digging: A Step-by-Step Approach to Creating a Financial Intelligence Unit to Better Focus Your Bank's Efforts and Expenses Targeted at Money Laundering and Terrorist Finance
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow"--WOODROW WILSON, 28TH PRESIDENT The financial services industry generates vast quantities of information pertaining to money laundering, terrorism financing,...
Sharing Private Info with a Privacy Vendor
Q. We recently entered into an agreement with e non-affiliated party to provide on ID theft/fraud protection solution to our customers. We do not shore customer information with the potty unless our customer signs up for the fraud protection product,...
Straight-Line Projections. Relic of the Past?
Since World War II, the pace and character of consumer spending has defined the U.S. economy. Going forward, will this all change and what are the implications? What about housing? Finally, has the era of California/Florida dreaming come to an end?...
Watch out for the Little Guys
THERE'S A TENDENCY IN SOME circles to adopt a tone of condescension in speaking about community banks; the equivalent of the owner of a big dog patting a little dog on the head, saying, "There's a nice a little dog." Nice little dog, my foot. Ever...
We're Fighting to Win the Battle for Our Future
WHAT A YEAR TO BE CHAIRMAN OF the ABA--a time when our industry and our association are being tested like never before in our memory, and our members are responding with an unparalleled sense of urgency. Bankers have joined the battle for the future...
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