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November 15, 2012
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  • Nash explains why selling Citizens Republic made sense
    Cathleen Nash, president and CEO of Citizens Republic, led the bank back to profitability but said she saw the need to sell as a result of low margins, slow loan growth and the high cost of complying with regulations. Compliance costs are particularly high for banks with more than $10 billion in assets, said Nash, a member of the CBA board of directors. Citizens Republic was nearing that threshold with $9.7 billion in assets. "If you're like $5 billion, you've got a runway to 10," she said. "But over 10, your world changes." (free registration) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fifth Third adds its own prepaid card to mix
    Access 360, which made its debut Wednesday, carries a fee of $7 a month for people who do not have an account at the bank and is accepted wherever MasterCard is. Fifth Third Bank's prepaid debit card comes shortly after the announcement by Wal-Mart Stores and American Express of their Bluebird prepaid card. "Prepaid cards are a fast-growing form of payment, and consumers see the value and convenience of using these cards for a variety of financial needs," said Steven Alonso, executive vice president and head of Fifth Third's consumer bank. American City Business Journals/Charlotte, N.C. (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
STRONG Consumer Finance Servicer Ranking Reaffirmed
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services reaffirmed its STRONG ranking of CenterOne Financial Services LLC. CenterOne has maintained this status since 2004 and is the only consumer finance, automobile loan and lease servicer to achieve this distinction — which is the highest ranking possible.
  Emerging Channels 
  • American Express offers mobile gift cards
    Mobile gift cards for retailers such as Banana Republic and Pottery Barn are on offer from American Express for the holidays. The cards are available for giving through AmEx's Membership Rewards program. An American Express survey found that 32% of consumers plan to use their smartphones for holiday shopping this year. (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry News 
  • SBA study: TARP money didn't spur small-business lending
    Rescue money given to banks during the financial crisis did not increase lending to small businesses, according to a Small Business Administration study. The study, conducted by DePaul University professor Rebel Cole, found that a reduction in small-business lending was greater at banks that participated in the Troubled Asset Relief Program compared with nonparticipants. CNNMoney/Fortune/Term Sheet blog (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory Report 
  • Commentary: Bankers must become part of the Dodd-Frank solution
    Bankers must accept that the Dodd-Frank Act is here to stay and help agencies write the rules "in a way that curbs abuses without strangling credit or driving business costs sky-high," writes Barbara A. Rehm, American Banker's editor-at-large. "...The industry would be wise to use this time to help itself. Banks know (or should know) where their weak spots are, who their weak players are, what processes need improving. Instead of ignoring problems, or hiding them, they should go after them ahead of examiners." (free registration) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative Affairs 
  • Bill requiring impact study of new rules is delayed
    A vote on a bill that allows the president to force independent regulatory agencies to weigh the economic impact of any new rule is being delayed by the Senate Committee On Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Financial regulators and reform advocates objected to the bipartisan Independent Agency Regulatory Analysis Act while bank groups supported it. The Huffington Post (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Development 
  • 3 reasons your e-mail inbox has a psychological hold over you
    Certain psychological characteristics are partially responsible for the pressure we feel to constantly check our e-mail and respond to messages, according to an article from the BBC. The concept of reciprocity makes us feel the need to respond to e-mails, even ones that aren't especially important. Meanwhile, the irregular nature of rewards provided by e-mail -- new messages don't necessarily come in on a set schedule -- makes checking our inboxes irresistible. However, you can resist this urge by setting specific times during the day to deal with your inbox. CBS MoneyWatch (11/12) 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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