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March 22, 2013
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  • Census report cites increase in median household debt
    Over the past decade, the U.S. median household debt rose to $70,000 in 2011 from $50,971 in 2000, the Census Bureau reported. Meanwhile, the proportion of households in debt declined to 69% from 74%. The amount of debt held by seniors doubled over the decade. Bloomberg (3/21), USA Today (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Alternative lenders use analytics, other data to make loans
    Alternative lenders that loan to small businesses are starting to use analytics and other technology-driven methods to assess whether an applicant should be approved. Some also weigh nontraditional measures such as Yelp reviews. Their loans tend to be shorter term and higher cost. CNBC (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Bernanke hints at possible departure from the Fed
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, a key figure behind the central bank's quantitative easing and bond buying, is sending signals that he may step down. "I don't think that I'm the only person in the world who can manage the exit," Bernanke said referring to stimulus efforts. Bernanke also said he had discussed his future with President Barack Obama. Bloomberg (3/21), The Christian Science Monitor (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Future of Money 
  • Study: Users checking up on financial accounts via mobile increasing
    Two-thirds of mobile users say the ability to check their financial accounts on their devices as they go about their day is reassuring for them, and more than half say they do so at least once a month, according to a study by Quicken. In addition, "15% of those surveyed say they prefer to check their financial accounts on a smartphone or tablet, and that number is only going to grow in the next five to 10 years," said Quicken's Barry Saik. (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Career Development 
  • 7 ways to get the boss to love your idea
    If you've got great ideas but sometimes have difficulty pitching them in a way that gets buy-in, look for chances to spend one-on-one time with bosses, such as while traveling together on business, Anita Bruzzese writes. "If you pitch an idea, you better be ready to answer questions about how it can be put into place without costing too much time or money," she writes. The Fast Track (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CBA Connect 
  • CBA's Banking on Youth Competition -- Call for Sponsors
    Now is your chance to join fellow bankers to support the 2013 Banking on Youth Competition. The program's inaugural year was a great success with 13 sponsoring banks and more than 170 entries from youth teams across 33 states. Sponsorship opportunities for 2013 are still available, ranging from $3,000 to $40,000. Visit our website and learn how you can support this growing competition and connect with America's young entrepreneurs to build sustainable ventures. Contact CBA for more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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