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September 2023

  • September 20, 2023

    CFPB sets annual Truth in Lending threshold adjustments

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced the 2024 dollar amounts for the annual threshold adjustments for Regulation Z, which implements the Truth in Lending Act. For open-end consumer credit plans under TILA, the threshold that triggers requirements to disclose minimum interest charges will remain unchanged at $1 in 2024. For Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act loans, the adjusted …

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  • September 15, 2023

    OBA schedules Oktoberfest Golf Tournament

    Show off your golfing skills or simply join your banking peers as a social registrant at the 2023 OBA Oktoberfest Golf Tournament on Oct. 23 at River Oaks Golf Club in Edmond. The tournament fee is $150 and the registration deadline is Oct. 20. The tournament will begin with registration and lunch. Immediately following the tournament, we will hold an …

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  • September 13, 2023

    Bank Performance Report now available through OBA

    The OBA has entered a co-branding agreement with Kentucky Bankers Association for a quarterly banking publication called Bank Performance Report. BPR currently has 350 bank subscribers from across the country. This report is in electronic and/or printed format utilizing data from the quarterly FFIEC Call Reports, from which the BPR ranks overall performance of each bank headquartered in that state. …

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  • September 5, 2023

    FHFA releases statistics, homeowners’ equity status high

    The Federal Housing Finance Agency published insight into homeowners’ equity status, which remains high. According to these statistics, negative equity is at its lowest in the past decade. While high-equity mortgages have been consistent recently, mortgages with equity of more than or equal to 30% have risen from 46.1% in the first quarter of 2013 to a 10-year high of …

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August 2023

  • August 31, 2023

    Fraud information, odds and ends …

    Labor Day is close at hand … however, let’s talk about a few fraud trends and some training opportunities because we all know fraudsters capitalize on long weekends. Bankers are reporting seeing IRS and SSA wires, purportedly refunds and SSI payments, in large dollar amounts. Often starting as romance scams, these are being detected and returned by our savvy bankers. …

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Jeremy Cowen

Jeremy Cowen, Senior Vice President/Communications

Email: jeremy@oba.com      |      Phone: Ext. 113

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.