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Recent Blog Posts

Megabanks Continue Exiting Local Communities

Nov 1, 2019
The latest news from Wells Fargo reinforces what we've long known about Wall Street—when the going gets tough, the megabanks head for the exits.

Waking Up to the Credit Union Scare

Oct 31, 2019
Several ICBA staffers are handing out Halloween cards and candy to every congressional office on Capitol Hill to encourage lawmakers and staff to open their eyes to credit unions' risky practices, costly tax subsidies, and irresponsibly lax oversight.

Working Together to 'Wake Up' Congress

Oct 29, 2019
We're a week into ICBA's new "Wake Up" campaign taking on credit unions' risky practices and tax exemption, and the community bank response has been phenomenal.

Community Banks Can Directly Influence the Future of Faster Payments

Oct 23, 2019
Today, faster payments are changing the overall payments landscape. With the advent of Same Day ACH, The Clearing House’s Real-Time Payments, and the Federal Reserve’s FedNow Service, a round-the-clock real-time payment and settlement service to launch as early as 2023, faster is becoming the new norm for payments.

Let's Wake Washington Up to the Credit Union Threat

Oct 21, 2019
ICBA and community bankers are sounding the alarm with the launch of a nationwide campaign calling on policymakers and the public to open their eyes to the threats posed by credit unions.

Using Your Web Address to Fight Phishing and Cyberattacks

Oct 18, 2019
In honor of National Cybersecurity Month, ICBA's Jeremy Dalpiaz extols the benefits of using a .BANK domain as an additional safety precaution to protect customers from phishing and cyberattacks.

What's Next for Cannabis Banking

Oct 16, 2019
Following a successful grassroots advocacy campaign, the House of Representatives recently passed ICBA-supported legislation to create a cannabis banking safe harbor, though questions remain about the bipartisan bill's outlook.

Digital Payments Strategy: A Necessity for Your Community Bank

Oct 8, 2019
Digital payments continue to grow in popularity as an easy-to-use way for both businesses and consumers to make payments. Not only does volume and usage continue to grow, but so too do the products and platforms through which businesses and consumers make their digital payments.

The Venture Center and ICBA: Strategically Aligned to Fuel Innovation ​

Oct 3, 2019
ICBA's Kevin Tweddle discusses ICBA's strategic alliance with The Venture Center to help fuel community bank innovation.

Supporting Financial Choice for Service Members

Oct 1, 2019
As the House and Senate are busy negotiating final language for defense spending legislation, community banks are working to provide military service men and women access to competitive banking services.