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Oklahoma Banker

February 2018

  • February 15, 2018

    ICBA, ABA join to urge swift action on regulatory bill

    On Jan. 29, the Independent Community Bankers of America and the American Bankers Association signed a joint letter asking the two Senate leaders – Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the majority and minority Senate leaders respectively – to put S. 2155 (the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act) on the Senate’s agenda soon. The ICBA …

January 2018

  • January 1, 2018

    Tax reform bill passed, signed by president

    On Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law H.R. 1, which became Public Law No: 115-97. “The process was a bit confusing, to say the least,” OBA President and CEO Roger Beverage said. “The bill had to be structured in such a way that it would fit into the ‘reconciliation’ process in the Senate and still be acceptable …

  • January 1, 2018

    Tomorrow’s leaders … today

    By Jeremy Cowen Vice President/Communications    Bankers know a lot about investing. Therefore, it should be of little surprise Oklahoma bankers continue to invest in the future of their own industry. The Oklahoma Bankers Association’s popular Summer Intern Program will again be active in 2018 and is expecting a number of prospective interns from the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State …

December 2017

  • December 1, 2017

    Banking Committee approves reg relief bill

    On Dec. 5, after enduring a seven-hour process of rejecting some 37 amendments proposed by Democrat members of the Senate Banking Committee, the Committee voted to advance S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act, to the full Senate for consideration. It was a strong bipartisan vote: 16-7, including four of the 11 Democrats on the Committee. …

  • December 1, 2017

    Answering questions about OBA membership

    By Megan McGuire OBA Member Relations A commonly asked question at the OBA is: Am I a member? Every employee of an OBA member bank is a member of the OBA. Furthermore, every employee of an OBA strategic member is a strategic member of the OBA. The Oklahoma Bankers Association would like for all its members to make the most …

November 2017

  • November 1, 2017

    Republican House leaders draft tax reform legislation

    On Nov. 2, House Republican leaders released a draft of tax reform legislation – the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – that makes numerous changes to the tax code for corporations and individual taxpayers. The more than 400-page bill also includes a number of provisions that will have a direct and indirect effect on the banking industry. Among the key …

October 2017

  • October 2, 2017

    Consumer delinquencies show improvement over second quarter of 2017

    Delinquencies in closed-end loans held steady in the second quarter as bank card delinquencies fell and home-related categories continued their return to normal levels, according to results from the American Bankers Association’s Consumer Credit Delinquency Bulletin, which were released early this month. Overall, delinquencies fell in eight of the 11 individual consumer loan categories tracked by ABA. The composite ratio, …

September 2017

  • September 1, 2017

    Oklahoma banks on pace for record profits

    Through the first two quarters of the year, Oklahoma banks earned $720 million at the end of June 2017. Earnings to date are well ahead of bank earnings at this same point in 2016 and are $32 million ahead of the previous record year (2015).  Total assets have grown to $114 billion (roughly $11 billion ahead of last year) while …

  • September 1, 2017

    OBA looking for help from banks for Harvey relief

    An OBA Update late last month carried a report about a joint effort by the Texas Bankers Association and the Independent Bankers Association of Texas to help raise money for the Houston flood. The two banker advocacy groups expressed their heartfelt angst, thoughts and prayers for those communities that have been devastated by the recent hurricane. TBA and IBAT were …

August 2017

  • August 1, 2017

    Small business lending focus of CFPB meeting

    Most bankers are aware the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has put forth a Request for Information that deals with the small business lending market. In particular, the Bureau wants information about current practices as they relate to small businesses that are minority- or women-owned. This request comes about because Section 1071 of Dodd-Frank has mandated bankers compile, maintain and report …