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Jim Reber: Munis for all

Jim Reber: Munis for all

No need for tax-free bonds? Check out the value in taxable munis. By Jim Reber, ICBA Securities So, you say your community bank doesn’t own any municipal bonds? And you don’t need to read a column about an investment sector that has no relevance to your investment strategy? Because your bank is an S-Corp and […]

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Closing the ILC back door for good

Despite ICBA’s previous victories blocking huge companies from entering the banking industry, the industrial loan corporation loophole still exists. ICBA is taking aim to close it permanently. By Chris Cole and Paul Merski, ICBA Fourteen years ago, ICBA celebrated an important victory when Walmart withdrew its FDIC deposit insurance application as a Utah chartered industrial […]

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 […]