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Consumer delinquencies hit new low in second quarter

According to the American Bankers Association’s latest Consumer Credit Delinquency Bulletin, consumer credit delinquencies hit a new low in the second quarter of 2021 as the economy continued to improve. When compared to the previous quarter, delinquencies decreased in nine of the 11 loan categories analyzed by ABA. In the second quarter, delinquencies on bank cards (credit cards issued by …

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New Home Sales Rise in July

According to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, new single-family home sales increased to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 708,000 in July. The June rate is 1.0% higher than the revised June rate of 701,000, but it is still 27.2% lower than the July 2020 forecast of 972,000. To read more about this story, click …

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Nondeductible portion of OBA dues calculated

The calculation representing the nondeductible portion of member dues attributable to lobbying expenditures has been made for the OBA’s year ending April 30, 2021. The source of the information used to determine this percentage included the Association’s general ledger and an estimate of the percentage of time related to applicable personnel’s involvement with lobbying activities by management of the Association. …

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Oklahoma City banker pens op-ed in Oklahoman on IRS reporting proposal

NBC Oklahoma President and CEO H.K. Hatcher appeared as a guest columnist in The Oklahoman this weekend, opining on the proposed IRS tax reporting law. Hatcher wrote the proposal would “result in unnecessary costs to taxpayers and add an extensive amount of extra and unnecessary work for everyone involved – the IRS and our financial institutions.” You can read Hatcher’s …

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Banking profits increase in second quarter

Despite the drop in net interest revenue, 64.1% of Oklahoma banks reported more net interest income than the previous year, according to the recently released Quarterly Banking Profile by the FDIC for the second quarter. For Oklahoma banks, the average return on assets was 1.24% in the second quarter of 2020, up from 0.36% the previous quarter. The FDIC reported …

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235,000 Jobs Added in August, Unemployment Rate at 5.2%

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 235,000 in August. In August, the total number of unemployed people fell to 8.4 million, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.2%. Professional and business services, transportation and warehousing, private education and manufacturing accounted for the majority of employment growth in August. To read this story in its …

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Advisory released on ransomware, wire fraud awareness for holidays, weekends

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency recently released a Joint Cybersecurity Advisory, urging businesses to defend themselves from ransomware threats during the holidays and weekends when most businesses are closed. Ransomware attacks and wire fraud with a high impact are most likely to occur just before holidays and weekends. Bankers should encourage their coworkers …

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Survey Reveals Changes in Sales, Revenue, Capital Spending

According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, the results of the Services Survey reflect changes in a variety of activity indicators, including sales, revenue, employment, and capital spending, as well as changes in input material and selling prices. Longer-term trends can be traced using the accumulated data. To read this article in its entirety from the Federal Reserve …

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New Home Sales on the Rise in July

Despite an economic setback caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the housing market is steadily recovering. According to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, new single-family home sales increased to a compounded annual growth rate of 708,000 in July. To read more about this story in its entirety from ABA Banking Journal, please click here.

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