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Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Releases Fourth Quarter Energy Survey


The Fourth Quarter Energy Survey was released on Jan. 7 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. The survey found that energy activity in the Tenth District climbed moderately from a quarter ago and increased further from year-ago levels, according to Chad Wilkerson, Oklahoma City Branch CEO and economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Future activity …

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Banks notice rise in fraud, associated costs in 2021

According to a new survey from LexisNexis Risk Solutions, banks experienced more monthly fraud attacks in 2021 than the previous year. The data determined that the average number of monthly fraud assaults for banks with annual turnover of more than $10 million has climbed from 1,977 to 2,320 since 2020. To read the full report from LexisNexis, click here.

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FDIC chairperson announces resignation

FDIC Building

FDIC Chairperson Jelena McWilliams announced her resignation today via a letter to President Joe Biden. McWilliams, a Republican, was named the 21st chairperson of the FDIC in June 2018 after being appointed by then-President Donald Trump. Her official departure has been set for Feb. 4, with FDIC board member Martin Gruenberg reported to become acting chairman – his third stint …

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Merry Christmas, happy holidays from OBA!

The OBA staff wishes you and yours a merry Christmas and happy holiday season! Adrian Beverage | Joan Anderson | Jeremy Cowen | Elaine Dodd | Kathryn Donovan | Judy Hanna | Lea Ann Jackson | Debbie Leake-Morris | Megan McGuire | Nancy McKinnis | Payton Moody | Thi Pham | Janis Reeser | Niki Taylor | Sheila Wyatt

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Small business optimism index increases in November

In November, the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index rose 0.2 points to 98.4. The Uncertainty Index fell 4 points to 63 points. Business owners intend to generate new employment at a seasonally adjusted net 25.0%, down 1 point from the previous month. The percentage of business owners who believe now is a favorable time to expand remained unchanged from the …

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Supervisory Highlights Report Flags Mortgage Servicing, Fair Lending Issue

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today released a “Supervisory Highlights” report concentrating on examiner observations of different financial products from January to June 2021. Credit card account management, debt collection, deposits, fair lending, mortgage servicing, payday lending, prepaid accounts, and remittance transfers are among the areas where problems were discovered, according to the bureau. To read the full report, …

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PPP loans prompt state-level employment growth

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland determined in a new study brief this week that Paycheck Protection Program loans served to reduce the effects of the pandemic-related recession on state-level employment growth and had “substantial” advantages overall. Researchers discovered that providing one additional week of payroll support through PPP loans during the first round of PPP lending “would have minimized …

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80% of borrowers expected to be profitable in 2021 according to Ag Lender Survey

According to the Fall 2021 Agricultural Lender Survey report produced jointly by the American Bankers Association and the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation, better known as Farmer Mac, agricultural lenders expect 80% of their borrowers to be profitable in 2021, with 70% profitable through 2022. The majority of ag lenders (69.7%) said overall farm profitability grew in the previous year for …

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Consumer Prices Rise in October

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Consumer Price Index climbed 0.9% on a seasonally adjusted basis in October. The all-items index has risen by 6.2% in the last year. In October, the food index grew by 0.9%, the same as in September. After climbing 1.2% in September, the index for food at home gained 1.0% in October. The increase …

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