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December 28, 2012
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  • Last-minute fiscal deal is unlikely, lawmakers say
    Congressional leaders and President Barack Obama plan to meet today in a final attempt to reach a deal on the "fiscal cliff," and the House will reconvene Sunday. But leaders on both sides say it's unlikely they will reach an agreement before year's end. "I have to be very honest," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. "I don't know time-wise how it can happen now." Politico (Washington, D.C.) (12/28), The Wall Street Journal (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry News 
  • Court sides with Wells Fargo in overdraft-fee case
    A U.S. Court of Appeals has thrown out a lower court's ruling that Wells Fargo must end its practice of ordering debit card transactions in a way that would maximize overdraft fees and must pay $203 million to customers. Wells Fargo's method is a "federally authorized pricing decision," the court said. It also found Wells Fargo liable for fraud violations of California's unfair-competition law. Bloomberg (12/26), The Wall Street Journal (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Small banks, credit unions not hurt by swipe-fee cap
    A report from the Federal Trade Commission says swipe-fee limits that took effect last year have not hurt small banks and credit unions, as some had feared. The report, which echoes an earlier report from the General Accountability Office, confirms that "the exemption for small banks has worked fine and those banks have a competitive advantage now," said Doug Kantor, counsel to the Merchants Payments Coalition. The report also says the FTC and Justice Department are investigating how Visa and MasterCard allow merchants to choose a network for transactions. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Which small-business sectors are primed for growth?
    Sales are surging in some business sectors, including small agricultural companies, employment services firms and heavy-duty manufacturers, according to a Sageworks report. Small businesses in the real estate sector, as well as dry cleaners and golf courses, are among the slowest-growing. The Washington Post (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Future of Money 
  • How mobile banking will evolve in 2013
    As smartphone users become more comfortable using mobile applications, banks must keep plowing ahead in their development of mobile technologies. In the coming year, expected developments include the expansion of remote-deposit capture and other camera-enabled services; new mobile payment offerings from banks; and marketing campaigns that drive customers to use mobile apps. (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Development 
  • 5 tips for hosting a webinar that will wow clients and prospects
    Hosting your first webinar might be intimidating, but there are clear business benefits to it, Mary Ellen Slayter writes. "Learning how to host a webinar will allow your clients to get to know who you are on a personal level, forging lasting connections and positive relationships," she writes. It's a good idea to work with a co-presenter, do a trial run and avoid rushing through the presentation, she writes. (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CBA Connect 
  • CBA LIVE 2013: The Future of Money
    Are you ready for the Future of Money? CBA LIVE 2013, March 11-13 in Phoenix, Ariz., will bring together the top executives in retail banking to learn, exchange ideas and identify solutions to the challenges facing our industry. Our 2012 event was a record-breaking success with more than 1,000 banking leaders in attendance! Now in its fourth year, CBA LIVE features expert panels and distinguished speakers across nine forums of tailored programming. Reserve your space today and join us for this must-attend event. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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