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CBA is an acknowledged industry leader in the areas of Community Reinvestment, affordable lending, and community and economic development. As an association, through the Community Reinvestment Committee, CBA has significant influence in the development of revisions to CRA and amendments to the CRA Q&A, which interprets the regulations. One of CBA’s priorities is to encourage the agencies to maintain CRA as a sustainable business of banking, reflecting the reality of community development.
- June 8, 2017On Thursday, June 8, 2017, the Senate Banking Committee held a hearing entitled: “Fostering Economic Growth: The Role of Financial Institutions in Local Communities.” The hearing was the first of several examining proposals the Committee received to help foster economic growth. In his opening statement, Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID) noted how community banking has become increasingly...May 31, 2017On Wednesday, May 31, 2017, the OCC announced it will extend the notification timeframe for upcoming CRA evaluations. Beginning with the third quarter notification for 2017, the OCC will post the list of financial institutions in which CRA evaluations are coming due over the next two quarters. This change will allow more time for interested parties to review and provide meaningful comments on a...March 21, 2017On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the FDIC, OCC, and Federal Reserve published a Joint Report to Congress Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act indicating the issues yielding the most comments were capital, appraisals, frequency of safety and soundness exams, the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), and the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). Regarding exam frequency, the agencies indicated “support...March 15, 2017Even the more sophisticated data-driven financial services marketers are struggling to figure out how to effectively and efficiently integrate personalization into multichannel customer and prospect marketing strategies. This iteration of the Epsilon 5 & 5 is intended to trigger some contrarian thoughts and challenge your marketing status quo. In this issue, we’ll talk about personalization,...March 7, 2017 - 2:00PMPastFebruary 15, 2017 - 2:00PMPastDecember 20, 2016Kiran Analytics conducted its 2 nd annual survey of executives from 50 retail banks to gain insights about branch transformation. Key findings indicate that workforce optimization is among the top priorities. Talent acquisition/retention and aligning selling capacity to market opportunity are key challenges. Read the survey findings report and learn what they are doing to meet those challenges...December 1, 2016On Thursday, December 1, 2016, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry discussed efforts to enhance compliance supervision and the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). Speaking to a gathering of the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders, he also noted CRA performance and compliance are critical aspects of the business of banking.November 17, 2016Technology-driven investments require time, resources and budget dollars. Many risks exist that should be carefully weighed throughout the entire implementation process. This article provides key considerations and best practices to employ when selecting and implementing new core loan servicing and risk management systems. www.bridgeforce.comAugust 11, 2016On Thursday, August, 11, 2016, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announced it was retroactively downgrading BancorpSouth’s Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) rating from “satisfactory” to “needs to improve,” due to the bank’s entry into a Consent Order on June 29, 2016 with the United States Department of Justice and the CFPB to settle and resolve alleged violations of the Equal...