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Oklahoma Banker

December 2020

  • December 11, 2020

    Executive News: Christmas joy … especially this year

    Each December, I write this column to wish you and yours a very merry Christmas. In the past I’ve also used this opportunity to summarize what we’ve been doing for the past year. I’ve also written this column to demonstrate the value of your bank’s OBA membership, and that’s been especially true this year. Working in tandem with my colleagues …

  • December 11, 2020

    Consumer credit growth increases

    In October, consumer credit increased at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.1%. Revolving credit decreased at an annual rate of 6.7%, and nonrevolving credit increased at an annual rate of 4.8%. Federal government holdings of student loans continue to be the largest portion of non-revolving credit, comprising approximately 43.2% of outstanding credit. Depository institutions and finance companies are secondary …

  • December 11, 2020

    Oklahoma banks show upward trajectory in third quarter

    Oklahoma banks showed increasing numbers in their net income for the third quarter of 2020 according to the just-released FDIC Quarterly Banking Review. Oklahoma banks have a net income of $1.05 billion in 2020 as of the Sept. 30 numbers, compared to a net income of $1.03 billion at the same time frame in 2019. This year’s $1.05 billion is …

November 2020

  • November 11, 2020

    Executive News: What a mess!

    As this issue of Oklahoma Banker goes to press, we still don’t know for absolute sure who the next president of the United States will be. Bummer. What DO we know? Well, we know a few things: The Oklahoma Hous e of Representatives gained some additional Republican members. The state Senate remained pretty much even. State Question 805 was soundly …

  • November 11, 2020

    Fed maintains rates as recovery continues

    The Federal Reserve will keep its target range for the federal funds rate at zero to 0.25% as the economy remains well below levels of output seen at the start of the year, even as economic recovery continues, the Federal Open Market Committee said on Nov. 5. The committee said it expects to maintain that range until the labor market …

October 2020

  • October 11, 2020

    Executive News: Four weeks out, all is well … ?

    … umm … maybe. Maybe not. The upcoming election is about four weeks away. This year has been interesting/challenging, to say the least. That being the case, I have just a couple of quick election-related observations. The Trump Administration seems to be in the crosshairs of this dreaded COVID-19 virus: First it was Hope Hicks; then it was the president …

  • October 11, 2020

    ABA, OBA create voting toolkit

    It’s officially October, and news on the presidential election is on every corner. The conversation has taken over social media, television and even the dinner table. While talking about the election is a great way to educate yourself and others, the most essential part is exercising your right to vote. The American Bankers Association has teamed with the Oklahoma Bankers …

September 2020

  • September 22, 2020

    Executive News: Next big hurdle: DEI, compliance concerns

    We’ve all been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, some more than others. As many of you who read this column know, my wife and I have been self-quarantined since mid-March. Most days I work from home and I find the environment surprisingly calm and productive. On at least a weekly basis, I go to the office when no one else …

  • September 22, 2020

    Navigating work absences due to closed schools

    Crowe & Dunlevy As the school year begins, Oklahoma’s banks once again face the challenge of accommodating the need for employees to be home to care for school-age children due to the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This article focuses on the relevant paid leave mandates of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the challenges caused by the varying …

  • September 22, 2020

    Pandemic strikes banks’ net income in second quarter

    On August 25, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation reported the banking industry saw a 70 percent decline in net income when compared to net income in 2019. The Agency said liquidity and capital levels remain strong enough to meet loan demand and absorb any losses in the future. Although economic stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic continued to affect bank …