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ICBA Capital Markets Launches New Publication

Spotlights Community Bank Investment Activity/Source of Funds

Washington, D.C. (March 14, 2006) — ICBA Capital Markets, a division of ICBA Securities and the capital markets services provider of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), announced the launch of a new monthly publication - called Capital Markets Update -- focused on community bank investment news and research.

"Together with Howe Barnes Investments, ICBA Capital Markets has developed a resource to further serve the fastest-growing and most progressive community banks in the nation," says Jim Reber, president and CEO of ICBA Securities. "Capital Markets Update will help public and privately held community banks by leveraging Howe Barnes' investment banking resources and breadth of knowledge to help community banks find sources of new funds for growth and development."

Topics for the monthly e-newsletter include the latest news on mergers and acquisitions as well as highlights of the economic forces moving investments in community banks. In addition to covering the movers and the shakers in community bank investments, Capital Markets Update will also focus on the trends that are shaping community bank market valuations and demands on capital sourcing.

"Investment in community banks is one of the most dynamic areas of community banking news," added Reber. "Not only are these banks attracting investors into their local markets, but they are also providing new sources of economic growth to their local communities and loans for small businesses."

Community banks interested in receiving Capital Markets Update should call 800-880-4693 or visit ICBA Securities' web site at www.icbasecurities.com. The publication will be available by e-mail to all ICBA members. Non-members interested in receiving Capital Markets Update should e-mail info@icbasecurities.com.

About ICBA Capital Markets
ICBA Capital Markets, a division of ICBA Securities, is the capital markets services provider of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA). ICBA Capital Markets - through Howe Barnes Investments - provides market-making, corporate finance, equity research, and access to capital for community bank growth and development. Visit www.icbasecurities.com.