Oklahoma Banker

May 2023

  • May 11, 2023

    Executive News: State legislative session nears finish line

    We are six weeks out from the end of the legislative session which means we are two weeks away from what is often referred too as the “silly season.” The last four weeks of session is when bills come out of nowhere, and it seems, at times, like there aren’t any rules. I don’t necessarily intend to speak negatively of …

  • May 11, 2023

    New OBA fraud training video available

    The number of bank robberies in Oklahoma, as well as nationwide, has remained consistently low for the past few years. It is still critically important, however, our banks train for the “when” and not “if” as the safety of all our bankers and customers is a primary goal. The OBA has created an updated training video via Zoom, which features …

  • May 11, 2023

    OBA Convention lands in Norman

    The 2023 OBA Convention and Trade Show will make its appearance in early May when it will be held on May 8-10 at the Embassy Suites in Oklahoma City. This year’s theme is centered around the Oklahoma Bankers Association and Oklahoma banking family. The OBA and its member banks constitute a family … and the family is made up of …

March 2023

  • March 24, 2023

    Executive News: Transition time with legislation at state Capitol

    March is the time of year we have hopefully started the transition from the cold and wintry weather to warmer weather and a quiet storm season. We are living through a similar transition at the state capitol. Thursday, March 2, was the first legislative deadline of this year’s session, and it couldn’t get here fast enough. There are so many …

  • March 24, 2023

    Fourth quarter marks slowed progress for Oklahoma banks

    Oklahoma’s commercial banks saw a decrease in net income earnings in the fourth quarter from the fourth-quarter mark from last year, according to the FDIC’s Quarterly Banking Profile. The Quarterly Banking Profile was released at the end of February and showed mixed news for both the state’s banks and the nation’s. Oklahoma banks saw their net income increase from $1.3 …

February 2023

  • February 9, 2023

    Executive News: OBA casts wary eye as state legislative session starts

    Here we go, it’s time for another legislative session in Oklahoma City. The 1st Session of the 59th Oklahoma Legislature convened at noon on Monday, Feb. 6. Gov. Kevin Stitt kicked off the start of session by delivering his State of the State address. We’ll breakdown the governor’s speech and what he wants to accomplish this upcoming session later in …

  • February 9, 2023

    OBA Fraud department examining transition during upcoming year

    By Jeremy Cowen Senior Vice President/Communications Editor As the calendar turned to 2023, it became evident the Oklahoma Bankers Association was going to celebrate an important milestone anniversary this year for one of its employees. Elaine Dodd, the OBA’s resident fraud expert, will have her 20th anniversary at the beginning of October. Hired in 2003, Dodd’s work has surpassed all …

January 2023

  • January 8, 2023

    Executive News: Looking ahead to new year

    Happy new year and welcome to 2023! Last year was a whirlwind as the elections took center stage and legislative battles were a plenty. This year looks promising, if for no other reason there aren’t any major elections. Still, there will be plenty of talk about who is and who isn’t a viable candidate for the 2024 presidential election. I …

  • January 8, 2023

    Reg O relief extended for some companies

    Federal banking agencies late last month extended by one year no-action relief under Regulation O for banks lending to investment fund-controlled companies under specific conditions. The relief was set to expire at the start of 2023 but has been pushed back to either Jan. 1, 2024, or the effective date of a final Federal Reserve rule revising Reg O. The …

  • January 8, 2023

    Agencies release thresholds for CRA regulations

    The Federal Reserve Board and the FDIC announced in mid-December the 2023 updated asset-size thresholds used to define “small bank” and “intermediate small bank” under their Community Reinvestment Act regulations. Annual adjustments to these asset-size thresholds are based on the average change in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, which is a measure of inflation. …