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January 2021

  • January 13, 2021

    SBA releases technical information for PPP system

    The SBA released technical information tonight that lenders will need to access the updated Paycheck Protection Program loan portal system. The portal opens Monday but only for “community financial institutions,” which mean CDFIs, MDIs, certified development companies and microloan intermediaries. The first part released tonight contains information regarding API technical information. The second part is the SBA Paycheck Protection Platform …

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December 2020

  • December 29, 2020

    2021 OBA Senior Management Forum changes dates

    The 2021 Senior Management Forum dates have changed. The Forum will now be held June 20-22, at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Keep an eye out for more information on this in the coming months! Contact the OBA education department with any questions about the Forum.

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  • December 22, 2020

    Congress votes to pass COVID-19 relief bill

    Last night, Congress cast final votes to pass the $900 billion bipartisan coronavirus relief package. Some provisions of the bill include: $284 billion in new funds for the Paycheck Protection Program, including a second draw option for prior PPP borrowers and $15 billion set aside specifically for first and second draws issued by community financial institutions, including community development financial …

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November 2020

  • November 24, 2020

    Mobile, online banking notch 99% approval rating

    Mobile and online banking experiences were rated as ‘excellent’ ‘very good’ or ‘good’ by 99% of consumers, a record high, according to a new ABA/Morning Consult survey released Nov. 23, topping last year’s record by four percentage points. According to the survey, 84% of consumers said innovation and technological improvements by banks are making it easier to access financial services and …

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  • November 19, 2020

    Household debt rises by $87 billion in third quarter

    Household debt rose by 0.6% in the third quarter of 2020, rising by $87 billion to land at $14.35 trillion, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported Tuesday. The increase more than offset the second quarter decline of 0.2% that was the first decrease since 2014 and the largest drop since 2013. Mortgage balances, the largest component of household debt, …

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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.