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March 4, 2013
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  • Sequestration might hit small-business lending
    Sequestration might affect small businesses' access to capital, especially companies that rely on Small Business Administration loan guarantees. Cuts to SBA loan guarantees could lead small businesses to alternative lenders, some say. (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Foreclosures down. Home purchases on the rise.
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  • Expert: Banks should follow government's cybersecurity guidelines
    The Department of Homeland Security is offering cybersecurity advice to private industry that banks should follow if they want to shore up infrastructure and protect their institutions, says Bill Stewart, a senior vice president with Booz Allen. Among the guidelines, the government advises banks not to immediately try to drive out a cyberintruder, but to instead save "forensic data" and keep the attack from spreading while investigators seek to learn as much as possible about the attacker. (free registration) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hidden hotel fees prompt FTC scrutiny
    Consumer complaints about unexpected hotel fees have prompted the Federal Trade Commission to warn some resort hotels that their online reservation sites may be breaking the law by using "deceptively low" estimates of what customers will pay for a hotel room. Hotels add on fees for items and services such as newspapers and parking, and some charge "resort" fees for certain services, regardless of whether guests use them. The Washington Post (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDIC wants to keep its insurance within U.S. borders
    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has proposed that domestic and foreign funds be on equal footing for repayment in the event of a bank failure -- but that only U.S. funds are insured. The move is, in part, meant to head off any attempt by banks to offer "dual-pay" accounts. Art Murton, the FDIC's director of insurance and research, says the agency doesn't want to "be the deposit insurer to the world." (free registration) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bernanke: Economy can't handle higher interest rates
    Raising interest rates before the economy grows stronger "would carry a high risk of short-circuiting the recovery, possibly leading, ironically enough, to an even longer period of low long-term rates," Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday. A strengthening economy is expected to lead to rising long-term interest rates. The Hill/On the Money blog (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 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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