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August 2021

  • August 13, 2021

    Results compiled from OBA vaccine survey

    The OBA sent out last week a short survey about the COVID vaccine and whether our member banks have, or plan to have, a mandate for their employees. We wanted to share the results of the non-scientific survey with our members. Here are the results: (answers | percentage of total answers) Q1: Does your bank have a COVID vaccine mandate …

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  • August 4, 2021

    OCC gives additional exam procedures for remittance transfers

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued on Monday supplemental examination procedures on remittance transfers covered by Regulation E. The supplemental procedures align the OCC’s supervisory approach with amendments to Reg E by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that took effect July 21, 2020. The Reg E amendments permanently allow depository institutions to estimate certain fees and exchange …

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July 2021

  • July 28, 2021

    SBA allows direct PPP forgiveness, bypassing banks

    Politico reported today the SBA plans to outline a new initiative aimed at encouraging borrowers with loans of $150,000 or less — accounting for more than 90 percent of the pandemic-era program — to apply for loan forgiveness. According to the report, the SBA will notify banks that the agency is setting up its own online, consumer-facing forgiveness platform. Rather …

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  • July 16, 2021

    ABA report: Consumer delinquencies fall in first quarter

    Consumer credit delinquencies fell in the first quarter of 2021 as the economy rebounded strongly, according to results from the American Bankers Association’s latest Consumer Credit Delinquency Bulletin. Overall, delinquencies fell in seven of the 11 loan categories tracked by ABA. The composite ratio, which tracks delinquencies in eight closed-end installment loan categories, fell 48 basis points in the first …

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June 2021

  • June 25, 2021

    Tenth District manufacturing activity remains strong

    Federal Reserve Tenth District manufacturing activity remained strong, and expectations for future activity increased to a survey record high, according to the manufacturing survey recently released by the Fed. The index of prices paid for raw materials and prices received for finished goods compared with a month ago remained very high. Price indexes vs. a year ago posted record highs …

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Jeremy Cowen

Jeremy Cowen, Senior Vice President/Communications

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Jeremy has been in charge of the Oklahoma Banker newspaper as well as the OBA website and other member communications since joining the OBA in January 2002. A native of Hartshorne and a 1997 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, he enjoys meeting and talking with the different people he encounters while doing his job. Previously, Jeremy worked as a sports writer in Lawton and, for the four years prior to joining the OBA, Lubbock, Texas, where he decided the town wasn’t big enough for both him and Bobby Knight. When not working, Jeremy loves to hike, read, watch football, baseball and boxing and teach journalism to high school and college students. And, if you ask, there’s a good chance he will regale you with the story about being interviewed on ESPN by Chris Fowler.