Friday, January 27, 2023

Oklahoma Banker

Executive News: Let’s celebrate our newest Hall of Fame inductees

On Dec. 8, the Oklahoma Bankers Hall of Fame inducted four new members. This year’s class included four outstanding bankers who have been – and still are – pillars in the banking industry, their communities and the state of Oklahoma. This group of bankers falls right in line with previous inductees with their storied history and contributions still being made …

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Oklahoma banks increase income for third quarter

Net income at Oklahoma banks increased by almost 50% overall from the second quarter to the third quarter of 2022. The FDIC’s latest Quarterly Banking Profile, which was released in late November, showed good news for Oklahoma banks from the second to third quarters. After reporting $799 million in profits through the end of the second quarter, Oklahoma commercial banks …

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Executive News: Elections are (well, almost) over

Election day has finally arrived and the people have spoken. As this issue of Oklahoma Banker goes to press, however, we still don’t know the results of numerous federal elections and who will control the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House. By the time this issue hits your mailboxes, though, you might! We do have all the results of the …

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Fed raises rates again, sixth hike since 2021

The Federal Open Market Committee announced this month it would raise the target range for the federal funds rate to 3.75 to 4% – the sixth rate increase this year and the fourth time the the rate was raised by 75 basis points. FOMC also reiterated it believes ongoing increases will be necessary to help return inflation closer to its …

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Oklahoma Bankers Hall of Fame fourth class set for induction

The OBA is proud to announce the group of inductees for the Oklahoma Bankers Hall of Fame, with the ceremony set for Dec. 8 in Oklahoma City. Dr. Sinclair Armstrong Jr., chairman of the board at Armstrong Bank in Muskogee; Shirley Barber, former president and CEO of Security State Bank in Cheyenne and the first female member of the Oklahoma …

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GOP dominates Oklahoma races

As this issue of Oklahoma Banker goes to press, the Republican Party remained dominant in statewide Oklahoma races. Gov. Kevin Stitt retained his seat as governor, as he defeated Joy Hofmeister, while Markwayne Mullin defeated Kendra Horn for the unfilled term of Sen. Jim Inhofe’s seat. In the other U.S. Senate race, incumbent James Lankford easily defeated Madison Horn. In …

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Executive News: Washington Visit positive for Oklahoma banks

It’s been almost three years, but it felt great to get the band back together. At the end of September, more than 60 Oklahoma bankers descended on Washington, D.C., for our Annual Washington Visit. It’s been two years since we last took a group to D.C. and I’ll say we definitely made up for lost time. While there were lots …

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Survey finds customers happy with banks

Nine in 10 Americans with a bank account (86%) say they are “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with their primary bank, and 95% rate their bank’s customer service as “excellent,” “very good” or “good,” according to a new survey conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of the American Bankers Association. The survey, unveiled early this month at the start of ABA’s …

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Executive News: Looking back at runoffs; legislative, regulatory info

This is my favorite time of year. Hopefully, the temperature will start dropping, and most importantly, it’s college football season. We are one game into the season and both OU and OSU are undefeated and positioned to have great seasons. While fa ns of those schools get to enjoy victory after victory, I’ll be in the corner crying as Nebraska’s …

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OCC strategic plan to promote community banks

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency released a strategic plan in early September for fiscal years 2023-2027 that calls on the agency to diversify its workforce, prioritize safeguarding public trust and enhance the implementation of risk-based supervision. The 11-page document also directs the OCC to promote strengthening and modernizing community banks, with a focus on small businesses and …

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