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Advocacy
Housing-Finance Markup Slated for ICBA Policy Summit Week
The Senate Banking Committee will mark up housing-finance-reform legislation during the week of the ICBA Washington Policy Summit. Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) and Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) said they plan to hold the markup Tuesday, April 29.

With ICBA’s grassroots advocacy event slated for that week in the nation’s capital, community bankers who attend will have a chance to directly affect this landmark debate. In addition to attending face-to-face meetings with policymakers, community bankers will hear remarks from Senate Banking Committee members Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.).

Also slated to speak at the April 29-May 2 Washington Policy Summit are Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg.

Registration for the summit is free for community bankers and a spouse or guest. Visit ICBA’s Washington Policy Summit webpage to register today and make sure your voice is being heard in Washington.

Register for the Washington Policy Summit.

Read ICBA Summary of Johnson-Crapo Plan.



Congress
Jobs Bill Includes ICBA-Advocated Reg-Relief Proposals
ICBA-advocated regulatory relief measures are included in new jobs legislation introduced by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and other members of the Republican Study Committee.

Introduced as part of the RSC’s Jumpstarting Opportunities with Bold Solutions (JOBS) Act, H.R. 4304 includes provisions of the ICBA Plan for Prosperity platform to relieve community banks from excessive regulatory burdens and improve access to capital.

Provisions of the bill, which has 37 cosponsors, would:
  • support additional capital opportunities by increasing the threshold for the Federal Reserve’s Small Bank Holding Company Policy Statement,
  • provide community bank relief from the Sarbanes-Oxley, Truth in Lending, Securities and Gramm-Leach-Bliley acts,
  • require the Securities and Exchange Commission to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of new or amended accounting rules, and
  • offer relief from new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau mortgage regulations.
These provisions of the legislation are based on the CLEAR Relief Act (H.R. 1750), introduced in the House by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), a former community banker.

ICBA will continue working to advance these and other provisions of the association’s Plan for Prosperity regulatory relief agenda for the 113th Congress. Community bankers can continue expressing their support for the reg-relief measures to their members of Congress via ICBA’s Be Heard grassroots website.


Go Local
Community Banking Month Kicks Off Tomorrow
With Community Banking Month kicking off tomorrow, ICBA is helping community bankers celebrate with customizable marketing and communications resources available on the association’s website.

ICBA offers members a Community Banking Month Marketing and Communications Toolkit, which includes four customizable news releases, an op-ed, sample social media posts and marketing ideas that community banks can use to spread the community bank message. ICBA encourages members to use these turnkey custom resources throughout the month of April.

Community bankers also can tweet with the #BankLocally hashtag and share their photos with ICBA on Facebook. ICBA will share community bank posts and showcase their celebrations across the nation. Access ICBA Community Banking Month Toolkit.


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Trading
Bank Trading Revenue Declines 34 Percent in Q4
Trading revenue at insured U.S. commercial banks and savings institutions declined 34 percent to $2.9 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency reported. Trading revenue was expected to decline from the previous quarter due to seasonal effects, though revenue was also down substantially from a year ago. For all of 2013, bank trading revenue of $22.2 billion was up 24 percent from 2012 but down 12 percent from 2011.



Poll
Take This Week’s Quick Poll
Take this week’s Quick Poll on celebrating Community Banking Month, and view results from the previous poll. View the Archive.


Education
ICBA Offers Bank Director Training CD Program
ICBA’s Bank Director Training Programs are short primers that provide pertinent information for experienced and new directors. These programs incorporate elements of today’s economic picture to show the relevance of regulatory guidance for all banks. Each program is approximately 15 minutes.


Products and Services
Read the Latest Issue of BankInsurance.com News
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