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Kevin Tweddle: 5 retail banking predictions for 2020

Kevin Tweddle: 5 retail banking predictions for 2020

The beginning of the new year is the perfect time to look ahead to the future of community banking. While forecasting the future is a tricky business, I enjoy the annual practice of making predictions for the year ahead with an eye toward how community banks can leverage technology to improve the customer experience. Here […]

Lindsay LaNore: The jar of good

By Lindsay LaNore, ICBA More often than not, we don’t stop to recognize the good things that happen to our bank, employees, customers or communities. They tend to get lost in our day-to-day operations. So, why not get the year off to a positive start by embedding celebration into your culture? A “jar of good” […]

Jim Reber: Hiding in plain sight

Here’s what you may have missed in recent yield curve shifts. By Jim Reber, ICBA Securities Tell me if you’ve heard this before: the yield curve was inverted for much of 2019. This is kind of like stating that Harry Truman defeated Thomas Dewey for president in 1948. You’d be correct, but just barely, which […]

John Coleman: The grassroots go-to guy

Want to reach someone in Congress? Try calling John Coleman, ICBA’s director of advocacy. Coleman has become an expert on starting conversations between community banks and policymakers on how to do right by the industry. By Kelly Pike Reaching out to a member of Congress can be intimidating. Community bankers don’t always know who to […]

Kevin Tweddle: 2019 hits and misses

By Kevin Tweddle, ICBA At the beginning of the year, I made several predictions about the innovation trends 2019 would bring. Some came true, while others fell short. As the year draws to a close, let’s circle back to those trends and examine how the community bank landscape is evolving as we all plan for […]

Lindsay LaNore: A new spin on training

By Lindsay LaNore, ICBA Professional development programs are vital to the health of a community bank, and the new year is a great time to revisit training opportunities. Before this year ends, take a close look at what your bank is doing to offer an employee experience that includes dynamic learning opportunities. According to the 2019 […]

Jim Reber: Echoes of holidays past

Year-end is a good time to reflect on past investment performance. By Jim Reber, ICBA Securities The investment portfolio, as a component of a community bank’s overall franchise, is in some respects like your cousin’s husband—Mike, in my case. You know he’ll always be around for important events, doesn’t make much of a fuss and, […]

Rebeca Romero Rainey: In it for the long haul

From millions in assessment credits to federal protections for banking cannabis-related businesses, ICBA is focused on winning significant, long-term victories in Washington. By Rebeca Romero Rainey, ICBA With 2019 coming to a close, it’s a good time to reflect on what the community banking industry achieved this year in the advocacy arena—and what remains to […]