| Wednesday, January 16, 2013

When banks carefully track small, significant changes in their customers’ financial situations, these institutions can improve their fortunes and compete more effectively. First-Mover Matters: Building credit Monitoring for Competitive Advantage, a report from McKinsey’s risk practice, shows that one way to better monitor credit is to tap analytics and specialists to spot quantitative and even qualitative early-warning signs of borrower trouble. Another approach is to set up formal triggers for timely intervention that can guide customers back to financial health or limit further losses when the situation isn’t likely to improve. McKinsey argues that better credit monitoring could be one of the main ways that capital-strapped banks can improve their business model.

Read the full report from McKinsey to find out how banks can significantly reduce their exposure.

| Friday, January 11, 2013

Although launched only two years ago, Start Community Bank has already been recognized for its work with low- and moderate-income communities in New Haven, Connecticut. A certified community development bank and CDBA member, Start received a Bank Enterprise Award of over $285,000 from the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institution's Fund. 

Read more about Start Community Bank and its local lending work via this story from the New Haven Independent. 

| Thursday, January 10, 2013

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January 10, 2013

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Rep. Darrin Williams Named New Southern Bancorp CEO

Effective Feb. 1, 2013, Darrin Williams, a lawyer and current Democratic Arkansas State Representative, will be the new CEO of Southern Bancorp, Inc. “Darrin’s financial skills, legal experience in securities and financial regulation and history of advocating for the rights of the disadvantaged in both his law practice and his political career make him the perfect choice to lead Southern Bancorp in its mission to build communities and change lives,” said Walter Smiley, current CEO and board chairman of Southern Bancorp, Inc. Williams is a principal at the law firm of Carney Williams Bates Pulliam & Bowman PLLC, where his work focuses on protecting consumers. “My career focus of protecting consumers from the abuses of Wall Street banks has prepared me well to show how banking should and can be done to help communities and people,” said Williams. “I don’t know of a better bank to make that point than Southern.”

Bankruptcy Judge Gives Charles Street AME More Time to Submit Amended Reorganization Plan
Boston Globe

The judge in the Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church bankruptcy case Friday gave the congregation until Jan. 18 to file an amended reorganization plan, over the protests of bank lawyers who called the church’s proposals unrealistic and based on erroneous figures. It was the latest skirmish in what has turned into a long court battle between the church and OneUnited Bank. Charles Street AME filed for federal bankruptcy protection last March, after it fell behind on payments for nearly $5 million in OneUnited loans and the bank threatened to auction off the the historic Roxbury church. “There is no plan here that’s possibly feasible,’’ said Gayle Ehrlich, a lawyer for OneUnited, in a withering indictment of the church’s financial records in US Bankruptcy Court in Boston. “This case is way off track and can never get on track.” Ehrlich criticized the church’s proposal to repay its debts to OneUnited over 30 years as unheard of with a business loan — only home mortgages and farm equipment purchases are afforded such long pay-back periods, she...

| Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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January 2, 2013

Member News

United Bank Celebrates the Retirement of Two Long-Serving Bank Employees
Atmore News

A reception was held at United Bank for retirees Nancy Everette Helton and P. D. Pollard Thursday, December, 13, at the Atmore Main Branch, where friends and coworkers wished them well after more than 28 years of service to the bank and the community. “Today we’re celebrating a day that we all hope to work toward,” said Bob Jones, President and CEO of United Bank, at Thursday’s reception. Jones presented gifts to both as he congratulated them in front of a crowd of more than 100, including fellow bank retirees. “While it’s bittersweet, we wish Nancy and P.D. the best as they begin new chapters and new adventures,” Jones said.

BankPlus Takes on Mississippi Payday Lenders
American Banker
(January 1, 2013)

As the operators of a community bank in the state with the most payday lenders per capita (32 for every 100,000 people), executives at BankPlus in Belzoni, Miss., are characteristically appalled at the exorbitant rates that payday lenders charge. But uncharacteristically for a bank, BankPlus decided four years ago to compete with these payday lenders. Now it successfully offers a small-dollar loan product to thousands of people, with significantly better terms and outcomes. "The idea was to create a program to assist anyone caught in the payday lending cycle, but also to serve the underbanked who seek to enter the commercial banking system," says Bill Ray, the president and CEO of $2.3 billion-asset BankPlus.

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New Rules on Debit-Card Processing Start to Pinch Small Banks and Credit Unions
Washington Post

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| Thursday, December 27, 2012

BankPlus, a certified community development bank and CDBA member, is located in Mississippi, the state with the most payday lenders per capita. But executives at the Bank were not willing to stand by as these payday lenders charged extremely high rates to often low-income borrowers. Instead, BankPlus decided to offer a small-dollar loan product with better terms and outcomes. According to BankPlus President and CEO Bill Ray, "The idea was to create a program to assist anyone caught in the payday lending cycle, but also to serve the underbanked who seek to enter the commercial banking system." 

Learn more about BankPlus's innovative financial product at American Banker.

| Wednesday, December 19, 2012


December 19, 2012

Member News

Virginia Community Capital Finishes 2012 Strong with 3 Grants
Virginia Community Capital

Virginia Community Capital has received three national grants this past month to support its work in low-income communities and bolster ongoing job creation efforts. A $415,000 grant from the 2012 Bank Enterprise Award Program (BEA), offered through the U.S. Department of Treasury's Community Development Financial Institution Fund, will provide leverage for a wide range of projects across Virginia. This is VCC's fourth consecutive BEA award. $32,750 from the Create Jobs for USA Fund, a collaboration between Starbucks and the Opportunity Finance Network to spark job creation nationally, will combine with first round funding secured in 2011. $20,000 from the Wells Fargo NEXT Awards Program, supporting innovative CDFIs, will provide planning grant funds for the Healthy Foods initiative at VCC. "These grants increase our capacity to provide funding and technical advisory services for low-income communities across Virginia," offered Jane Henderson, VCC President and CEO. "We are especially pleased to see national organizations recognize our efforts and the importance of fellow CDFIs."


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2011 FDIC Survey of Banks’ Efforts to Serve the Unbanked and Underbanked Released

This report presents the results of the 2011 FDIC Survey of Banks’ Efforts to...

| Thursday, December 13, 2012


December 13, 2012

Member News

Governor Andrew Cuomo Names Tax-Code Panel
Gannett New York Network

(12-11-12) A year after it was first unveiled, a panel tasked with brainstorming long-term fixes for New York’s tax code is beginning to take shape.
Former state Comptroller Carl McCall and Peter Solomon, the founder of New York City-based investment advisory firm Peter J. Solomon Company, have been tapped by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to co-chair the New York State Tax Reform and Fairness Commission, according to a list obtained by Gannett’s Albany Bureau. The commission was formed as part of a December 2011 deal to tweak the state’s tax brackets, an agreement that came while Cuomo and the Legislature were under pressure to prevent an added tax on the state’s top earners from expiring at the end of the year. That deal included a new bracket for those making more than $2 million annually, which expires at the end of 2014. Cuomo named ten people to the panel, including Deborah Wright, President and CEO of Carver Bancorp Inc. and Carver Federal Savings Bank.

“Three Michaels: A Berkeley Conversation”

(12-10-12) Authors Michael Chabon, Michael Lewis, and Michael Pollan appeared at the Berkeley Rep in “The Three Michaels: A Berkeley Conversation,”  to help enable the creation in Oakland of a tutoring and creative writing center for East Bay youth, dedicated to supporting students with their writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Berkeleyside’s “Three Michaels: A Berkeley Conversation” is being supported by One PacificCoast Bank, founded in 2007 by Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor “to be a force for good,” according to Taylor who is the bank’s CEO.  “We want to be a model for how banks should operate, as it’s clear many banks have been responsible for unholy damage,” Taylor says, citing the mortgage crisis and the destruction of rain forests as examples.

Southern Bancorp Mission News
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(12-7-12) While...

| Wednesday, December 5, 2012


December 5, 2012

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Mission Valley Bank’s New Generation of Online & eBanking Services
Mission Valley Bank

(12-4-12) Through client surveys, interviews and day to day conversations, Mission Valley Bank has heard what its customers want to see with regard to Online and eBanking. In response, Mission Valley Bank is launching a whole new look and feel for a much more robust Online Banking Platform. This new lineup of state-of-the-art eBanking services which significant enhancements to: oneline banking for personal and small business accounts, business bill pay, personal bill pay, on-site teller, and business online banking. Learn more about the new eBanking Services by viewing the informative videos on Mission Valley Bank's website.

Chicago Fed Announces New Board Members
Fox Business

(12-3-12) The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago announced three new members and the appointment of a new chair of its Board of Directors in a press release Monday night. Greg Brown, Chairman and Chief Executive of Motorola Solutions Inc.; Jorge Ramirez, President of the Chicago Federation of Labor in Chicago, and William M. Farrow III, President and CEO of Urban Partnership Bank in Chicago, were announced as new members to the nine-person board. The appointments are effective January 1.

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Warren, Manchin Win Seats on Senate Banking Panel
American Banker

(12-4-12) Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren has secured a spot on the Senate Banking Committee, and she'll be joined by Sen. Joe Manchin, according to a Democratic Senate aide...

Nonprofit organization Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago seeks a director of lending services responsible for leading the overall mortgage lending efforts of its CDFI affiliate Neighborhood Lending Services, Inc. The director of lending services develops sales production goals, assigns target sales objectives for the various mortgage loan products and meets production goals.

CDFI consulting agency FUND Consulting is looking for a consultant to serve as project manager for annual service package clients and discrete projects. This role participates in the development and implementation of project plans and represents the company at external functions. The ideal candidate will have CDFI experience, a bachelors degree, and possess excellent writing, communications and organizational abilities.