Three Reasons First-Time Registrations are Spiking for ICBA Live 2022

Jan 21, 2022
With time ticking down until ICBA LIVE, schedules are solidifying, speeches are taking shape, details are firming up, and hotel rooms are filling up (not to worry, we just added more, but space is limited, so book now). The energy and momentum around coming together in San Antonio February 27 – March 3 is palpable.

TCM Bank N.A., promotes three leaders to executive level positions

Jan 11, 2022
TCM Bank, N.A., the credit card bank of ICBA Bancard®, announced the promotions of three of its executives, Terri Howard as executive vice president and chief people officer, C.J. Littrell as executive vice president and chief operating officer and David Gonzalez as executive vice president and chief risk officer.

Checklist: Questions to Ask When Integrating with Fintechs

Jan 4, 2022
As more community banks engage with fintechs to support their business plans, due diligence continues to become an even bigger piece of the puzzle. While every bank is different there are several questions every community bank should consider as they enter into these agreements.

Why Core Providers Attend the ThinkTECH Accelerator—And Why It Matters

Jan 4, 2022
The third quarter of 2021 yielded the second-highest quarter on record for fintech financing, up 147% over the previous year. Despite this growth, a recent analysis by EY research of 45 banks working with fintechs revealed only one-quarter had deep engagement due to “barriers to collaboration.”

December 2021 - Online Training Newsletter

Dec 20, 2021
It's the end of another calendar year! For many community banks, that means it's also the end of another training year. Here are a few helpful tips to close out your year-end training records.

Is Your Community Bank Watching Social Payments? Five Questions to Guide Your Path Forward

Dec 14, 2021
The average person spends nearly two and a half hours on social media per day, so it’s no wonder social payments have started to infiltrate the financial services industry.

Putting Innovation to Work in Community Development

Dec 13, 2021
While all community banks place a firm focus on serving, when you are a CDFI, serving is at the very core of your business identity. Couple that with an increased desire to think creatively, and what you get is a new recipe for innovation.

2021: The Year of Community Bank Innovation—with More to Come

Dec 9, 2021
In the innovation world, 2021 may go down in history as the year of community bank innovation. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and associated challenges thrown in our path, community banks continued to meet their customers’ needs.

Fed Taper Tactics: A review of past QE wind-down strategies

Dec 9, 2021
Maybe the U.S. economy has improved to the point where further quantitative easing isn’t as critical to the Federal Reserve’s policy of “accommodation.” It certainly looks like the Fed has some further work to do.

The Financially Underserved: How Banks are Positioned to Make a Lasting Impact

Dec 9, 2021
For the financially underserved in the United States the widening wealth gap and financial hardships resulting from the pandemic are not just media headlines. They are a reality.

The Definition of a Great Board: 2021 Edition

Dec 9, 2021
The role of a board member of any organization is constantly evolving. Economic cycles, leadership transitions, market dynamics, competitive changes, governance activists, and even political shifts can impact board composition and best practices in corporate governance seemingly out of the blue.

How and Why We’re Updating Our Twitter Strategy to Better Serve Members

Nov 24, 2021
For more than 90 years, ICBA has provided value to our membership in a wide variety of ways and places. Today, we are refocusing efforts to better serve our members on Twitter.

November 2021 - Online Training Newsletter

Nov 23, 2021
We at Community Banker University want to send a special note of thanks to all our community bank customers that have renewed their subscriptions to our Online Training Plans and Certificate Programs in 2021. We also want to thank those new to our online training in 2021.

Seven Myths About Central Bank Digital Currencies

Nov 19, 2021
Separating fact from fiction on central bank digital currencies and a possible U.S. digital dollar can be challenging. In the latest edition of our Digital Dollar Digest series, ICBA is here to help dispel any misconceptions and debunk the most common myths.

4 Ways Community Banks Can Attract Gen Z Customers

Nov 16, 2021
With the eldest members of Gen Z clocking in at age 24, they represent a market ripe for targeting with banking services. But what they are looking for differs from what Millennials and Gen X required of community banks at the same age.

Tips to help prevent fraud from TCM’s EVP, Chief Administrative Officer & Chief Credit Officer

Nov 16, 2021
As the holiday season is upon us, be sure to secure your accounts and protect your personal information. Here are some ways to help combat fraud this holiday season.

The Challenges and Risks of Smart Contracts

Nov 12, 2021
Smart contracts — blockchain-based programs that operate when predetermined conditions are met — offer potential use cases as well as risks for community banks evaluating their payments processing capabilities

Paycheck Protection Program Data Show Community Banks Served Those Most in Need

Nov 10, 2021
Paycheck Protection Program lending data continue to demonstrate that community banks are justifiably recognized as leaders of the financial response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reconciliation Update: IRS Reporting, Tax Hikes, and Needed Grassroots

Nov 9, 2021
Community bankers are witnessing the fruits of their labor in ICBA’s months-long campaign opposing the onerous IRS bank reporting proposal. However, the grassroots push must continue.

Three Principles to Drive Community Bank Innovation

Nov 9, 2021
For $200 million-asset First Community Bank and Trust in Beecher, Ill., having an innovation mindset means being open to explore new ways to solve for business challenges and opportunities.