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ICBA Securities and Vining Sparks Asset Management Sign Agreement

Designed to enhance community bank investment portfolio and balance sheet performance

Washington, D.C. (November 30, 2011)—ICBA Securities, the broker/dealer subsidiary of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) that provides fixed-income investment services to the nation’s community banks, announced today that it signed an agreement with Vining Sparks Asset Management (VSAM). The agreement gives ICBA members access to VSAM’s portfolio management services, which provide investment advice for community banks.

“This is the most recent addition to the growing list of products and services offered by ICBA Securities through Vining Sparks,” said Jim S. Gowen, Sr., chairman of ICBA Securities and chairman of Merchants & Planters Bank in Newport, Ark. “The agreement announced today provides community banks like mine with the necessary services and metrics to operate and grow our businesses as we continue to navigate through a challenging regulatory and market environment. We’re pleased to be able to offer professional advice to ICBA members.”

VSAM is a registered investment advisor that manages the fixed income investment portfolios of community banks, when needed, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vining Sparks IBG, which is the clearing broker for ICBA Securities. ICBA members can now contract with VSAM to assist them in creating portfolio structures that complement the entire balance sheet.

“Vining Sparks constantly strives to deliver the capital markets services that community bankers require to serve their customers and manage their balance sheet. VSAM delivers on that goal by providing a comprehensive balance sheet plan and investment management process that is designed to help clients achieve their financial and strategic goals,” said Vining Sparks Executive Vice President John Crawford, who also serves as the President of VSAM.

VSAM Chief Investment Officer Vince Boberski stated “We look forward to working closely with ICBA member banks to help them manage their investments and achieve their financial goals.”

For more information about these offerings, visit www.icbasecurities.com.

About ICBA Securities
ICBA Securities, a wholly owned subsidiary of ICBA, specializes in providing quality investment products, services and education to community banks to help to create and maintain a high performing investment portfolio. For more information on ICBA Securities, visit www.icbasecurities.com.

About Vining Sparks
Vining-Sparks IBG is nationally recognized as a leading broker/dealer in serving the investment needs of institutional investors. Vining Sparks has offices throughout the United States and an international office in London with headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee. The firm has over 300 employees in cities across the United States. It has over 4,400 active customers, which include depository institutions, public entities and money managers. The firm also ranks in the top 20 underwriters of new U.S. Agency debt. Member FINRA/SIPC.

About Vining Sparks Asset Management
Vining Sparks Asset Management, LLC (VSAM) is an investment adviser registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vining-Sparks IBG. We are not soliciting any action based upon this material. A copy of VSAM’s current Form ADV, Part II may be obtained by contacting VSAM at (888) 371-8747.