As Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Evolve, Regulators Eye Bank Usage

Oct 15, 2020
As we continue to see regulatory focus on innovation and emerging technologies, it comes as no surprise that the agencies may be turning their attention to artificial intelligence and machine learning and how they are being employed at the bank level.

What Do Google’s Advertising Updates Mean to Bank Marketing?

Oct 8, 2020
As a bank marketer, you’ve had a lot to contend with this year. So if you missed Google’s announced updates to its advertising policies, which go into effect later this month, there’s no need to panic.

Budgeting for a 2021 Innovation Agenda

Oct 2, 2020
With so many unknowns, budgeting is difficult, but there is a bright spot. With uncertainty comes the opportunity to look at what we do in a different light using the experiences of the pandemic to explore new ideas.

Shop Talk 2020

Oct 1, 2020
Our conversation with a community banker resumes.

New COVID-19 Safety and Soundness Standards for Financial Institutions

Oct 1, 2020
On June 23, 2020, the financial institution regulatory agencies jointly issued “Interagency Examiner Guidance for Assessing Safety and Soundness Considering the Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Institutions” (the June 2020 interagency guidance).

Succession in a Covid-19 World

Oct 1, 2020
One of the less discussed impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic , which is shaking boardrooms and executive suites, is the issue of leadership succession.

September 2020 - Online Training Newsletter

Sep 28, 2020
Whether you are looking for the latest regulatory compliance training or want to challenge your staff, Community Banker University has expanded our online catalog to include a wealth of new courses to help you meet your objectives.

Using Payments to Attract and Retain Gen Z Customers

Sep 17, 2020
Community banks have long served the small-business market, but given the pandemic impact, new opportunities have emerged to support these customers’ payments needs and address areas of friction.

How Community Banks Can Lead in Weathering Natural Disasters

Sep 15, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic, hurricane season, and the wildfires on the West Coast, stand as prudent reminders of how critical disaster preparedness is not only for community banks, but for our communities at large.

A summer reading list for leaders

Sep 15, 2020
Summer is approaching rapidly, and it’s often the best time to catch up on reading. So, here are some suggestions for great books to hone your leadership skills.

Energy and influence

Sep 15, 2020
Academic studies have shown that making yourself smile can actually boost your mood and that a warm smile can help convince other people of your competence. Smiling is also contagious.

ICBA Bancard tool helps community banks assess their small business payments readiness

Sep 10, 2020
From having to adapt to retail closings, diminished staff and customer capacities, a new work-from-home infrastructure, and more, the nation’s small businesses have reacted quickly in the wake of the pandemic.

Green Grass and High Strides: A Story of Resilience and Commitment in Community Banks’ Latest Performance Numbers

Sep 4, 2020
Second-quarter FDIC Quarterly Banking Profile statistics are not just evidence of community banks’ resilience in times of economic hardship, but an attestation to the resilience of their commitment to Main Street as a guarantor of essential financial services.

August 2020 - Online Training Newsletter

Aug 28, 2020
Community Banker University is proud to partner with subject matter experts on topics that go beyond the scope of banking fundamentals. On Aug. 18, we launched new courses that focus on topical concerns of the day.

SimplyBank’s Take on Fostering Community Bank Innovation

Aug 25, 2020
In an environment where innovation needs to be continual, how can community banks succeed? Blake Swafford, senior innovation officer at SimplyBank, sums it up well. “It’s about being really committed to innovation."

CDFI Program Offers Help to Small Businesses in Underserved Communities

Aug 25, 2020
On Sept. 3, a complimentary presentation hosted by CDFI certified bankers, federal agency staff, and ICBA experts will share the benefits of becoming a CDFI lender, how the process works, and real-life banker experiences and outcomes with this program

ICBA’s Annual M&A Workshop Goes Virtual through a Webinar Series

Aug 25, 2020
Kicking off Oct. 13, Community Banker University® is hosting a four-part Mergers & Acquisitions Webinar Workshop series presented by Gerrish Smith Tuck. This series replaces ICBA’s annual, live in-person M&A Workshop for 2020.

Kickoff! A Football Fan’s Guide to Portfolio Management

Aug 25, 2020
As the calendar turns to September, millions of Americans gear up for their favorite sport of football. Of course, with this being a year unlike any other, we’re still trying to figure out what it will look like. Nonetheless, what better way to usher in the new football season than to relate common gridiron phraseology to its investment portfolio equivalent?

2008 vs. 2020: A Financial Crisis Comparison

Aug 25, 2020
How does the financial crisis of 2008 compare with the pandemic-driven economic crisis of today? Though both significantly impacted our economy, there are key differences between the two.

Why Succession Planning is Key to Bank Independence

Aug 25, 2020
Independence is at the heart of many community banks’ ethos, but how do community bankers embed this core value into their strategic planning? Here are three critical strategies that use succession planning and board management to maintain independence.