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. 98, No. 12, December

ABA Marketing Conference Highlights: The Many Aspects of Connecting with Customers
Reaching the customer was, unsurprisingly, a dominant theme at the ABA Marketing Conference in September. What made the message distinct, however, were the particulars offered about getting that increasingly difficult job done. Comments made at...
Banking from on High-The Regulators' Views
Of the three federal commercial bank top regulators, two--Ben Bernanke and Sheila Bair--were making their first speech at the American Bankers Association annual convention. The third, John Dugan, was the veteran, having addressed the group once before,...
Creativity on Demand?
EVERYONE HAS IMAGINATION. IF you can think, you can conjure images of things that don't exist based on pieces of things you know do exist. Some people have more of it than others, of course. And some are more adept at putting imagination to work, which...
Giving International Open Finance the Clarity of a Letter of Credit
As anyone who knows international trade can tell you, financial transactions surrounding the supply chain management process have not kept pace with the enterprise resource planning revolution. Slow and steady, mired in paper, and anything but transparent,...
Got Innovation? in Today's Business Climate, There's a Premium on New Ideas Successfully Implemented, Because a Host of Innovative Competitors Is Ready to Feast on the Status Quo
"The problem of organizations," said Sir Ken Robinson, "is that they aim low, and succeed." The noted author and authority on the development of creativity and innovation says imagination is the most powerful asset of human culture--the ability...
M&A Outlook: Will a Catalyst Emerge in '07?
Going into 2006 there was a feeling among many industry watchers that deal activity in the bank and thrift space would heat up and outpace a relatively anemic 2005 M&A season. Looking back at the first three quarters of the year it looks like they...
Paper, Plastic, or Point-of-Sale Checks? No Matter Which One Consumers Use, Changes to Reg E and Other Federal and State Developments Make Payroll Cards, Gift Cards, and Check Conversion a Developing Compliance Challenge
After a long quiet period, the Federal Reserve Board has been busy this year making changes to Regulation E, the regulation that implements the Electronic Funds Transfer Act. This is only natural; the marketplace has been busy innovating lately. This...
Poolside with the Godfather
Such is the life of a living legend. With a little extra time on his hands, and conveniently situated in one of America's classiest resorts, Jack Welch hung out for a couple of days at the Paradise Pool at the Arizona Biltmore, accompanied by his wife...
Sleight of Mind
October's puzzle--trying to figure out how big Art Otto's fish was--went quite well. We had a record turnout of dose to 70 answers. The first three correct replies came from: Stephan H. Witt, sr. vice-president, Centrex Bank, N.H; Ernesto A. Lopez,...
SOA (Begins to Make) Inroads: The New/old Approach to Technology Design Edges into "Early Majority" Use
For the skeptics out there, word has it that service-oriented architecture is real and it's really being done--however incrementally. Consultants say many of the largest U.S. banks are in a fast follow to the activities of European and Asian leaders....
The Headache: Authentication for E-Banking
The bank regulators' call for multifactor authentication has left many banks scrambling to comply by yearend. We put a request out to our "Pass the Aspirin" prescribers and asked: * How is your bank planning to handle multifactor authentication?...
The Phoenix Bank of Hallam, Nebraska: After a Devastating Twister Blitzed a Small Nebraska Town and Its Only Bank Branch, Recovery Took Coordination, Cooperation, and, at Times, Confrontation
May 22, 2004, around 8:30 PM. It was a crowded Saturday night at The Hitching Post, a popular restaurant in Hallam, Neb. It had been raining hard, the power was out in many spots in the county due to storms, and native Nebraskans know that such...
The Poor American Worker!
ACCORDING TO MANY REPORTS, workers face falling real wages, which is the purchasing power of worker compensation. The Brookings Institution's newly-launched Hamilton Project promises to make the stagnation of wages for most workers the subject of a...
The Real Story Behind "Horizons"
A TAX ADVANTAGED INSTITUTION strays from its original mission and begins competing directly and aggressively against tax-paying businesses. Sound familiar? I'm sure it does to those competing head-to-head with new-breed credit unions. But it's...
The Secret to Success. Can You Guess It? Hint: Jack Welch Knows It
"If you ran a baseball team," asked Jack Welch, "who would you want to hang out with? The head of player personnel or the chief accountant?" The former chief of General Electric, now a much-sought-after speaker and consultant, and a best-selling...
What Should You Expect from a Merger Advisor? Not Every Bank Uses an Investment Bank or Legal Advisor, but Most Do. Here Are Some of the Reasons Why, and How to Get the Most out of the Relationship
Every bank deal carries a story of how the alliance makes sense from a strategic, geographic, technological, or line-of-business perspective. But behind the scenes, there are often other stories about the M&A advisors who help bank buyers and sellers...
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