City First Foundation Presents Finance Summit
City First Foundation
The City First Family of Companies will be holding its inaugural finance summit, “The Resurgence of Neighborhoods: Fueling D.C.’s Economic Growth” on November 7, 2013 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington. The summit will focus on how small businesses, new housing options, increased transportation options and innovative financing are changing neighborhood dynamics, contributing to Washington's population growth and building the city's economic vitality. Speakers will discuss the success of Washington's highly desirable neighborhoods can be replicated in underserved neighborhoods while avoiding gentrification that jeopardizes equity and cultural diversification. Attendees are encouraged to register here.
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Invests $5 Million in Black-Owned Banks
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, hosting its annual conference in Washington this week, announced a $5 million investment in five African American-owned banks to spur lending in communities of color. The donations are part of a broader effort to support small businesses and encourage private investment in minority banks. “Minority banks are an important source of accessible financial services and are key to reaching financially under-served communities,” said the foundation's Chief Executive Shaunise Washington. The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation selected five black-owned, fiscally sound banks scattered across the country: Industrial Bank in the District, Liberty Bank & Trust Co. in New Orleans, Mechanics & Farmers Bank in Durham, N.C., Seaway Bank & Trust Co. in Chicago and City National Bank of New Jersey in Newark. Each institution will receive $1 million through certificates of deposits guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
Greater Washington's 10 most and least profitable banks in Q2
Washington Business Journal
The Washington Business Journal ranked the D.C. area's top 10 most profitable local banks of Q2 2013. CDBA member City First Bank of D.C. ranked second, up 7 slots from last quarter. City First reported a net income of $1.2 million, up 175% from the first quarter. Their return on assets was 2.25%. City First Bank of DC provides financial and other services in low-to-moderate income communities in Washington. Washington area banks posted a median net income of $862,000 in the quarter, up 19 percent from a year earlier and up 8 percent from the first quarter.
The Appalachian Regional Commission has announced the formation Appalachian Community Capital, a loan fund intended to attract capital to underdeveloped regions of Appalachia. Jane Henderson, Chairperson of CDBA as well as CEO and President of Community Capital Bank of Virginia, is a member of the new loan fund's Organizing Committee. At the Clinton Global Initiative conference in Chicago, Appalachian Community Capital was held as a model for other underdeveloped regions. At the conference, The Appalachian Regional Commission said it will invest $3.4 million to get the loan fund off the ground. It's firming up commitments for another $39 million from philanthropic foundations, public investors and large commercial banks. Over the next 24 months, the Appalachian Regional Commission plans to leverage $233 million in private capital to create a projected 2,200 jobs in the 13 states the commission serves.
When Fed Trims Bond Purchases, How Remains Undecided
Wall Street Journal
Payday Lending Abuses and Predatory Practices
The Center for Responsible Lending
FDIC Seeks Community Affairs Specialist (Lexington, Ky.; Livonia, Mich.)
The Community Affairs Specialist communicates with community-based organizations, academic researchers, government officials, lenders and regulatory agencies to report on credit issues and the effectiveness of reinvestment policies. This specialist will assist in coordinating meetings to address specific community reinvestment issues, prepare community profiles and represent the FDIC as a speaker or participant at events. The Community Affairs Specialist will also assist in designing and conducting Community Reinvestment Act and community development training and develop educational materials related to community reinvestment issues. This position will provide written and verbal commentary to the Community Affairs Officer and senior management.
Two Kansas City Entities Receive New Markets Tax Credits Allocations
Kansas City Business Journal
The U.S. Treasury Department is sending $90 million in federal tax credits to Kansas City community development entities, the department announced last Wednesday. Central Bank of Kansas City and the Kansas City, Missouri, Community Development CDE each will get $45 million in New Markets Tax Credits from the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. Department spokesman Matt Bevens said the tax credits can be used only for projects designed to help develop impoverished areas as defined by U.S. Census Bureau data. Groups trade the tax credits for investments in projects. The Treasury is sending $225 million to five community development entities throughout Missouri, three of which are in St. Louis. Nationally, $3.5 billion in credits will be distributed as part of the 2012 allocation, Bevens said.
One PacificCoast Bank Featured on RainMakers Television
RAINMAKERS, an original documentary television series, showcases both the heroic efforts made by impoverished people around the world who every day strive to lift themselves out of dire circumstances, and those philanthropic individuals and organizations that reach out and provide strategic support. Focused not on aid -- but on comprehensive strategies that have sustainable outcomes, such as education, health, rule of law, engaging governments, empowering women and girls, clean water resources, and micro-credit -- RAINMAKERS tells stories that inspire global transformation. This RAINMAKERS video features One PacificCoast Bank CEO Kat Taylor discussing whether "triple bottom-line banking" is and should be the new standard for banking.
Broadway Financial Replaces CFO
Broadway Financial in Los Angeles has named a new chief financial officer. Brenda Battey has been approved by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco to be CFO of the company. It also plans to name her CFO of its Broadway Federal Bank subsidiary, pending approval by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, President and Chief Executive Wayne-Kent Bradshaw said. Battey succeeds Sam Sarpong, who was terminated on Jan. 31, the company disclosed in February. Broadway was forced to restate its earnings last year after the OCC ordered it to increase its loan losses. Both Broadway and its bank have been under regulatory orders since 2010. It made a profit of $588,000 in 2012, after losing over $14 million in 2011.
Mission Valley CEO Named President of Indie Bankers Group
Tamara Gurney, President and CEO of Mission Valley Bank, has been selected as the California Independent Bankers’ 2013 incoming president. “With more than 33 years in banking, Tamara is a natural leader whose great wealth of experience in community banking will be a valuable asset in leading our association as president,” said CIB Executive Director David Haithcock. “Tamara has a deep understanding of community banking issues and is the right fit to support our causes at the forefront.” Gurney believes in the importance of developing strong affiliations within the community and with clients. Her dedication and philosophy were contributing factors by the CIB Board of Directors when selecting Gurney as the 2013 incoming president. The California Independent Bankers, an affiliate of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), has approximately 7,000 members statewide and represents more than 240 community banks of various sizes and charter types within the state. It is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, superior education, and high-quality products and services.
12 Companies Considered "Best for the World"
Founded by two former basketball apparel entrepreneurs and the former manager of Michael Dell’s private investments, B Lab is a seven-year-old non-profit based in Berwyn, Pa. that invented the concept of a “Benefit Corporation,” a company that turns a profit while benefiting its workers, its community, and the Earth. B Lab puts applicant companies through a rigorous vetting process, where it uses a 200-point system to measure companies’ performance in five areas: accountability, employee impact, consumer, and community. In the world of scoring companies that focus on the so-called triple bottom line, meaning people, planet and profit, B Lab has one of the most rigorous rating systems. Using its point system, B Lab has come up with a list of 67 out of its 730 certified companies which score in the top 10% of its point system. Recently it announced that list and dubbed those companies “Best for the World.” Among B Corps with more than 50 employees, a dozen are in the U.S. Ranked by the number of points scored, CDBA members Sunrise Banks (St. Paul, MN) and One PacificCoast Bank (Oakland, CA) were numbers #3 and #4 on the list, respectively.
A year ago, the big U.S. banks were focused on repealing, or at least eliminating large parts of, the Dodd-Frank financial-reform law. Recently, this lobby let it be known that the line from big banks and their allies had shifted and that their new refrain is “let’s implement Dodd-Frank.” This Bloomberg opinion piece argues that the reality remains the same -- a very powerful lobby is working flat out to ensure that the industry keeps its dangerous, nontransparent and unfair subsidies. Yet, the article argues that the winds are shifting against the megabanks for three main reasons. First, the Brown-Vitter legislation, which was introduced April 24, changes everything. Now, Senator Brown has a Republican co-sponsor, and they have converged on a strong message. Vitter, who is on the right of the political spectrum, articulates well the case for ending the implicit subsidies that exist because creditors understand that the government and the Federal Reserve won’t allow a megabank to fail. This broad and sensible message resonates across the political spectrum. Second, small banks are increasingly focused on the ways megabanks have achieved an unfair competitive advantage -- primarily through implicit government subsidies. Third, what Brown, Vitter and Fine express isn’t populist anger, but rather a thought-out plan for making the financial system safer.
Building on the Obama Administration’s commitment to increase economic opportunity in distressed areas of the United States, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) announced $3.5 billion in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) awards nationwide. Treasury will provide 85 organizations with tax credit allocation authority under the tenth award round of the NMTC Program. “The New Markets Tax Credit addresses one of the most significant obstacles to economic development that low-income communities face: a lack of access to patient, private investment capital,” said Treasury Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions Cyrus Amir-Mokri. “The $31 billion worth of tax credits awarded in past years have gone toward preserving hundreds of thousands of jobs and bringing community facilities and new businesses into neighborhoods that desperately needed them. I expect today’s awardees will continue that trend.”
For the last several years, the Small Business Administration has attempted to expand its loan-guarantee programs by making them available to bigger businesses. But with the 2014 budget that the White House sent to Congress last week, the Obama administration is trying to solve a problem at the other end of the spectrum: how to induce banks to make smaller loans, to smaller businesses. S.B.A.-guaranteed general business, or 7(a), loans for $150,000 or less have fallen from $3.5 billion in 2007, and about 24 percent of all such loans guaranteed by the agency, to $1.4 billion in 2009. Of course, 2009 was the pit of the recession, and S.B.A.-backed lending — if not all lending — had dropped to its lowest level in recent memory. But while the agency’s loan programs have since fully recovered, the total lent in these small loans has remained flat, and constituted just 9 percent of the 7(a) program, the S.B.A.’s biggest, in 2012. The new budget for the S.B.A. would waive the agency’s fees for guaranteeing loans of less than $150,000, and this follows recent efforts to streamline one program to encourage more small loans. But some observers in the S.B.A.-lending industry doubt these moves will be sufficient.
Center for Financial Services Innovation - Manager, Advisory Services and Nonprofit Investments (Chicago, IL)
The Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) is currently hiring an experienced and versatile Manager, Advisory Services, to deepen relationships with nonprofit organizations, particularly those working to improve the financial health of low- and moderate-income individuals and families. The Manager will deliver technical assistance and consulting services to leading nonprofits serious about increasing their impact by incorporating financial products and services into their programmatic offerings. The Manager will assist nonprofits in assessing the financial needs of their clients, developing new strategies involving financial products to meet those needs, vetting product offerings, negotiating with financial service providers, and effectively implementing solutions. CFSI is looking for someone who understands how to build bridges and broker strategic and sustainable partnerships between the for-profit financial services sector and nonprofits and who can facilitate innovative thinking about new strategies to improve access to high-quality financial products and to build the financial capability of underserved consumers.
Capital One - Senior Manager, CRA Compliance (McLean, VA)
As a Community Development (CD) Project Manager you are responsible for the full range of activities related to qualifying and documenting Community Development (CD) Lending, Investment, and Service data. Other duties could include participating in the development of the performance context and self-evaluation reports. You manage the collection and qualification of all CD activities, promptly identify weaknesses in CRA performance and/or processes, bring to the manager’s attention, and actively engage in the creation of CRA procedures and process improvements. You act as a consultant to lines of business by providing training and advisory services which address CRA performance and other matters. In addition, you assist in gathering data and preparing for CRA examinations/audits, quarterly performance reports and annual CRA self-assessments. With a mission to always be exam-ready, you ensure data and reports are current at all times.
Leviticus 25:23 Alternative Fund - Executive Director (Elmsford, NY)
The Executive Director is the chief staff member and the Fund’s primary liaison to borrowers, investors, private and public funding sources, financial institutions, community organizations, and the media. S/he insures that the mission is clearly stated and understood by the staff and the Board; that all programs and policies are in concert with the organization’s mission; and the mission is updated, as conditions change. The Executive Director is ultimately responsible for management and program operations, hires and supervises staff, interfaces with staff in specific program areas, manages the Board and its committees, and supervises consultants, when necessary.
Partners for the Common Good - Multiple positions (Washington, DC)
Loan Fund Administrator: PCG is seeking a Loan Fund Administrator. This position is an excellent opportunity to learn community development lending. The Loan Fund Administrator reports to the Director of Lending. The position is responsible for managing loan servicing and portfolio administration and also assists the Director of Lending in other responsibilities related to originating and closing new loans and managing the existing loan portfolio.
Public Policy and Communications Associate: PCG seeks a creative and dynamic candidate for the position of Public Policy and Communications Associate. The Associate will support our public policy agenda and online communications strategies. This position reports to the Chief Executive Officer, but works with all members of the PCG team. This is a full time 40 hour per week position. The position is located at PCG's offices in Washington, DC.
Canton Housing Authority Announces the Start of Rehab Project
In the coming months, the Canton Housing Authority will provide critical home repairs for 45 very low- to low-income homeowners in Canton, Mississippi. This initiative is funded by the Housing Authority, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, and CDBA member BankPlus. FHLB Dallas and BankPlus awarded the housing authority a $495,000 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant in 2012 to help fund the project. "I'm excited to work with the Canton Housing Authority to assist eligible households in Canton with needed home repairs," said BankPlus First Vice President and Director of Affordable Housing Mark Ouellette. "This is something we've discussed over the years and upon presenting the grant application in 2012, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas decided to fully fund the request. I believe this collaboration will have a tremendous impact on many deserving families."
De Novo Banks Need a Niche
Eighteen investors—many of them Amish—are planting the seeds for a new community bank outside Lancaster, PA. If the investors can convince regulators that the new institution will thrive, Bank of Bird-in-Hand would become the first de novo in the United States in more than two years. Though many are watching its progress with regulators closely, the hopeful startup is unlikely to see much company, at least over the next year, according to lawyers, consultants, and investment bankers. The regulatory and economic factors that froze de novo activity for the last few years remain in force. In addition, changes in technology and customer behavior could conspire to make the traditional startup a thing of the past—or at least a lot more difficult. Many attorneys and consultants feel the FDIC has been discouraging the formation of new banks since late 2008, preferring that investors plow money into existing institutions that need capital to survive. In 2009, the agency tightened oversight of startups, which have been rare in the years since. The country's last new bank, the $39 million-asset Start Community Bank in New Haven, CT, opened in the fourth quarter of 2010.
This newest issue of the Community Development Investment Review, published by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, provides 2 types of resources for those interested in Pay For Success models: First, it seeks to serve as a comprehensive resource for the most current thinking on the origins, models, and potential implications of Pay for Success. The second is to encourage readers to weigh its exciting potential against its possible pitfalls. Pay for Success is a tantalizing idea, but it raises important questions. Are we privatizing important government services that should remain under public control? How can we accurately measure and enforce “success”? Can we guard against fraud? Can we effectively balance our often-conflicting goals of equity, efficiency, and efficacy? Understanding and answering these, and other, questions is a crucial first step before widespread adoption of Pay for Success tools.
Members of a House Financial Services subcommittee sparred with federal regulators Tuesday as the lawmakers sought to define which financial institutions may be considered “too big to fail” and whether the Dodd-Frank financial law adequately addressed the issue. Under Dodd-Frank, the Federal Reserve and the Financial Stability Oversight Council may dismantle some of the largest firms if they are deemed to pose a “grave threat” to the financial stability of the country. But members of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee and witnesses from the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. struggled to nail down how to define “grave threat.” Scott G. Alvarez, General Counsel of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, told the subcommittee that “no, we have not” defined grave threat. Alvarez noted it would depend on the size and type of institution and the circumstances.
This summer, Breakthroughs with Martin Sheen will debut a new report showcasing the growing popularity of community banking institutions. Martin Sheen Breakthroughs is talking to banking customers and banking executives to learn more about the growing popularity of community banks. Ever since the economic collapse of 2008, many people have moved their accounts from large banking institutions to small community banks and credit unions. The additional personal attention, involvement in the community, and different loan qualification practices have made small banks an attractive alternative for many banking customers. In this new report, Martin Sheen PBS will show how these small banks are thriving in a marketplace where many of their customers have left larger banks behind.
Successful government and private strategies to rebuild poor neighborhoods cannot focus narrowly on a single problem, but must address several factors in a coherent way, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke said last Friday. In a speech at a Fed conference on community redevelopment, Bernanke said this holistic approach "is easier said than done." "Community development is a complicated enterprise," Bernanke said. "But substantial coordination and dedication are needed to break through silos to simultaneously improve housing, connect residents to jobs, and help ensure access to adequate nutrition, health care, education, and day care."
City First Bank of DC - Multiple positions (Washington, DC)
Chief Credit Officer: Responsible for managing the credit administration and loan documentation functions of the Bank’s loan portfolio. This role will also ensure that the lending culture of the bank is effectively communicated, implemented, and reinforced within all lending areas as well as establish written loan and credit policies, practices, and procedures which meet regulatory safety and soundness standards for Board approval. The CCO will oversee the bank’s non-performing and underperforming loans and assets to ensure acceptable level of problem loans, past due loans, and loan documentation issues are managed. The CCO will provide management reports on all loan and Allowance for Loan and Lease Loss (ALLL) calculations and making recommendations to executive management and the Board of Directors for quarterly allocations to the Allowance for Loan Losses.
Relationship Manager: Responsible for soliciting new business and managing customer relationships to real estate customers, small businesses, and not-for-profit organizations (including churches and charter schools, among others). Real estate activities generally include loans for the acquisition or renovation of nonresidential owner-occupied real estate. In addition, the prospects include office, retail, shopping strips, warehouse, industrial, facilities, and land development, primarily for investment purposes. The position reports to the Chief Lending Officer. The Relationship Manager is also responsible for all phases of loan and deposit production, including lead generation, underwriting, closing, relationship management, and portfolio monitoring and is an officer of the Bank, participating in the Directors’ Loan Committee (DLC) of the Bank, and other staff meetings as required.
Senior Underwriting Specialist: Responsible for reviewing loan applications from individuals and businesses, calculating the credit risk, and recommending a decision on the application. The individual is highly knowledgeable in all aspects of commercial and commercial real estate lending and has the capacity to offer expertise on loan structuring and financial assessment. Based on the their expertise, the Specialist has the capacity to support other Bank Staff in conducting financial analysis and providing loan decisions and credit recommendations based on a review of all underwriting criteria including collateral, interest rate, loan structure, and fees.
Mission Housing Development Corporation - Director of Housing Development (San Francisco, CA)
Mission Housing Development Corporation develops high-quality, well-managed, affordable, and sustainable homes and communities that promote the self-sufficiency of low and moderate income families, seniors, and persons with diverse needs. The Director of Housing Development is responsible for the completion of permanent affordable housing projects, the preparation and completion of affordable housing project applications, and the research and securing of future sites for permanent affordable housing.
ACCION Texas - Loan Officer (Dallas/Fort Worth, TX)
ACCION Texas seeks two Loan Officers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The Loan Officer will be responsible for development and growth of ACCION Texas small business lending in the Dallas-Fort Worth market by interfacing with banks, borrowers, and the business community to identify small businesses that do not have access to loans from commercial sources.
Three senior-level officers with United Bank in Atmore have been promoted to newly created executive vice president positions.Gwen Braden will now serve as executive vice president and chief operations officer; Mike Vincent will serve as executive vice president and chief credit officer; and Casey Gay Zito will serve as executive vice president and chief retail officer. “As we continue our momentum and focus our vision beyond 2013, each will play a critical role in the direction of the bank and in shaping our future,” Robert R. Jones III, president and chief executive officer of United Bank, said of the promotions already approved by the bank’s board of directors.
Banks used billions from a small-business lending program to repay government bailout funds, rather than for its intended purpose — making more loans to mom-and-pop operations, according to a watchdog report released Tuesday. The Small Business Lending Fund dished out more than $4 billion to 332 community banks, credit unions, and community development financial institutions to lend to Main Street businesses. By signing up for the lending program, banks could convert their TARP obligations into a lower-interest loan and escape restrictions on executive compensation. But in return, the banks were supposed to increase their lending to small businesses. Instead, 132 TARP recipients participating in the small-business program used about $2.1 billion they were awarded to exit TARP, rather than increasing lending, according to the report from the TARP special inspector general. “For some TARP banks, SBLF turned out to be little more than a TARP exit strategy,” said Christy Romero, special inspector general for TARP.
When it comes to dealing with hackers and data breaches, small banks have more to lose than big banks: They face an uphill battle to win back customer trust once it’s gone, and customer trust is a core value proposition for small and mid-sized banks. They also have fewer resources at their disposal than larger financial institutions. So how can small and regional banks reduce the risk of breach? Consider these six steps to jumpstart your bank’s security plan: 1) Manage information assets like all other assets; 2) Perform a security assessment; 3) Appoint a Security Officer; 4) Educated employees about security best practices; 5) Monitor social media exposure, and 6) Limit data access to only those who need to know.
Skeptics who saw the seeds of an eventual bank charter in the advent of American Express and Walmart had a change of heart and last week announced that the jointly sponsored Bluebird prepaid card will carry FDIC deposit insurance. Dan Schulman, group president, enterprise growth at American Express, said, “Bluebird is designed to help make their everyday financial lives easier, more convenient, and less expensive. [This] announcement, which reflects feedback from consumers, advocacy groups, and government officials, represents the next set of enhancements that further distinguish Bluebird from other financial services options.” In another change, the company announced that Bluebird cardholders would be able to obtain checks for their accounts that the company will pre-authorize in order to prevent overdrafts.
One of the worst ironies of the nagging economic recession is that consumers with the fewest financial resources have lost the most. Now, a new report finds that payday loans not only strip much-needed income from low-income families, but harms the economic viability of the communities where they operate, draining nearly $1 billion a year. Written by the Insight Center for Community Economic Development (Insight Center), it also reveals other net negative impacts of these small-dollar, high cost loans on economic growth and personal bankruptcy filings. The Insight Center examined the net economic impact of the $3.3 billion in interest that borrowers paid to non-bank payday lenders in 2011. The study found that if consumers collectively had an additional $3.3 billion in discretionary spending, it would have resulted in $6.34 billion in economic activity and created 79,000 jobs. In comparison, payday lending activity added $5.56 billion to the national economy and created 65,000 jobs. Combining these figures shows a net loss from payday lending of $774 million in economic growth and more than 14,000 jobs. That's in addition to $169 million lost through Chapter 13 bankruptcies.
Innovations for Poverty Action - Director U.S. Household Finance Initiative (New Haven, CT or Washington, DC)
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) seeks a qualified applicant for the position of U.S. Household Finance Initiative Director. The position offers an opportunity to manage and lead a growing research initiative which supports cutting-edge development research. The position will be based out of New Haven, CT and will travel frequently within the United States. The position reports to the Deputy Executive Director for Research and Policy and works closely with the researchers that lead the initiative.
NCB Capital Impact - Community Engagement Associate (Arlington, VA)
The Cornerstone Partnership, an initiative of CSG/NCB Capital Impact, supports local and state homeownership programs that preserve long-term affordability and community stability. Since 2010, it has grown to over 700 members located across the U.S. The partnership engages with its members through a variety of communication and programming activities, including monthly e-newsletters, bi-monthly webinars, and program assessments. The Community Engagement Associate will help coordinate member programming activities by supporting communications, marketing, and member engagement activities for Cornerstone Partnership. Cornerstone is seeking a strong self-starter with the ability to manage many responsibilities in a fast-paced, creative environment.
Mission Housing Development Corporation - Director of Housing Development (San Francisco, CA)
Mission Housing Development Corporation develops high-quality, well-managed, affordable, sustainable homes and communities that promote the self-sufficiency of low and moderate income families, seniors, and persons with diverse needs. The Director of Housing Development is responsible for the completion of permanent affordable housing projects, the preparation and completion of affordable housing project applications, and the research and securing of future sites for permanent affordable housing.
ACCION Texas - Loan Officer (Dallas/Fort Worth, TX)
ACCION Texas seeks two Loan Officers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. LO will be responsible for development and growth of ACCION Texas small business lending in the DFW Market by interfacing with banks, borrowers, and business community to identify small businesses that do not have access to loans from commercial sources.
From the Washington Post: "Banks used billions from a small-business lending program to repay government bailout funds, rather than for its intended purpose — making more loans to mom-and-pop operations, according to a watchdog report released Tuesday. The Small Business Lending Fund dished out more than $4 billion to 332 community banks, credit unions, and community development financial institutions to lend to Main Street businesses. By signing up for the lending program, banks could convert their TARP obligations into a lower-interest loan and escape restrictions on executive compensation. But in return, the banks were supposed to increase their lending to small businesses. Instead, 132 TARP recipients participating in the small-business program used about $2.1 billion they were awarded to exit TARP, rather than increasing lending, according to the report from the TARP special inspector general. 'For some TARP banks, SBLF turned out to be little more than a TARP exit strategy,' said Christy Romero, special inspector general for TARP."
On April 8, 2013 the membership of the Community Development Bankers Association submitted a comment letter to the CDFI Fund in response to the Community Development Financial Institution Fund’s (CDFI Fund) request for public comment on the Interim Final Rule implementing the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program (CBGP). The Interim Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on February 5, 2013. We thank the CDFI Fund for the opportunity to comment and urged the U.S. Department of Treasury to implement the program in a manner that enables the entire, diverse CDFI sector to use the program for the benefit of distressed communities across the country.
Our comments focused primarily on explaining how the CBGP presents an opportunity to enable CDFI banks to significantly expand provision of credit in Low-and Moderate-Income (LMI) communities given the program's design and a rapidly changing and restrictive bank regulatory environment. Among the recommendations, our highest priority is ensuring that the Use of Bond Proceeds and Secondary Loan Requirements are consistent with allowing CDFI banks to use proceeds as Tier 1 capital if approved by the Federal banking regulatory agencies. As such, we asked for the US Treasury’s and CDFI Fund’s support as we seek an exception to the Basel III rule for the CBGP. A second tier set of recommendations was focused on ensuring the CDFI Bond Program proactively mitigates potential conflicts with other regulatory rules that might otherwise prevent CDFI bank participation. A third tier set of recommendations focused on issues of general concern regarding the program's structure and requirements. Like our colleagues in other sectors of the CDFI industry, overall program fees and other costs are the greatest concern. The subsequent recommendations were listed in descending priority order in the letter.
United Bank Director Inducted into Atmore Area Hall of Fame
One can hardly talk about the recent history of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians without mentioning Eddie Tullis. He was deeply involved in the Tribe’s efforts to gain federal recognition. In addition to his work with the Tribe, Tullis served in the U.S. Navy and worked for Monsanto for more than 35 and a half years, retiring in 1991. He has been involved in almost every aspect of tribal government, as well as many areas of the community. His involvement in Indian affairs reaches to the national level. Additionally, he served on the United Bank Board of Directors. He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in May.
BankPlus: On the Move
BankPlus welcomes several staff members: Jason Bounds has been promoted to assistant vice president and loan officer in the bank’s Picayune main office. A native of Picayune, Bounds is a graduate of Pearl River Community College and the University of Southern Mississippi. Uvonda McMurtrey has been hired as legal department manager and bank officer. McMurtrey has more than 30 years of experience in the legal field and was most recently employed with Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrére & Denégre LLP. A native of Terry, McMurtrey attended Hinds Community College. Marcia Reed has been promoted to bank officer in the bank’s Dalton Street office. Reed has been with BankPlus four years as CreditPlus sales manager. She attended Bethel College and the University of Minnesota. She has experience in first-time home buyer training and credit counseling and formerly served on the board of the Mississippi Home Buyer Education Center. Nathan Lucas has been hired as trust officer in the bank’s Wealth Management Group. Lucas has more than five years of experience in wealth management and was most recently employed with Regions Corporate Trust. A native of Jackson, Lucas has a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and a master of business administration from the University of Alabama-Birmingham and is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law.
Small Banks Developing Ways to Compete Against Payday Lenders
More community banks are preparing to fight payday lenders and technology upstarts for a bigger share of short-term, small-dollar loans. For smaller institutions such One PacificCoast Bank in Oakland, Calif., and National Bank & Trust of Sycamore in Illinois, the battle isn't about booking loans. Rather, the goal is to win back fee income that community banks have ceded to others in recent years. National Bank is looking into offering individual clients credit lines for up to $1,000. It is also planning a tiered overdraft system, where only a small number of customers pay higher fees. One PacificCoast also has an alternative to paycheck advances. The $282 million-asset bank offers a service to employers that lets workers take out small-dollar loans.
Profits Up at CT Community Banks
The Hartford Business Journal
For Connecticut's community banks, making a buck these days isn't as easy as it used to be. With the prolonged low-interest-rate environment eroding their primary revenue source, the state's smaller lenders are trying to find new ways to make money to pad their bottom lines. Whether it's diversifying into new businesses, slashing interest rates on savings and checking accounts, selling long-term securities to make a quick yield, or even charging new fees like their big bank brethren, the state's community lenders are trying it all to remain in the black. And their strategies appear to be working, at least for now. The state's 49 community banks with less than $2 billion in assets saw their collective profits rise nearly 26 percent in 2012. The banks earned an additional $30 million in profits last year, despite seeing a 3.3 percent decline in interest income, an area that can make up as much as 85 percent of small bank earnings. Still, the profitability of Connecticut banks lags behind the national average, experts say, creating long-term challenges for the industry and putting pressure on executives to find new strategies to remain viable.
How to Utilize Your Lender as a Value-Added Consultant
Commercial banking today isn't just about loans; it involves a partnership with a bank that helps build a business. "Probably the most overused word in banking right now is relationship; everyone talks about it," says Paul Duren, Senior Vice President at Bridge Bank. "Several data collection agencies even changed their terminology from 'standard commercial loans' to 'relationship loans.' But what exactly does that mean?" Smart Business spoke with Duren about what relationship banking means and how it can translate into improved customer service as well as increased profits for your company.
Banks Ask Fed for Fewer Emergency Loans
Wall Street Journal
Borrowing from the Federal Reserve's emergency loan facility during the first three months of 2011 looked a lot like it did before the 2008 financial crisis, with little-known banks taking out relatively small short-term loans, according to data recently released by the central bank The data underscore just how far the U.S. banking system has come since the depths of the financial crisis, when emergency borrowing soared and big, brand-name banks, such as Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Bank of America Corp., turned to it for help alongside major foreign banks. Borrowing at the discount window peaked at the end of October 2008 when borrowing in a single week exceeded $110 billion.
Leviticus 25:23 Alternative Fund - Executive Director (Elmsford, NY)
Executive Director is the chief staff member and the Fund's primary liaison to borrowers, investors, private and public funding sources, financial institutions, community organizations, and the media. S/he insures that the mission is clearly stated and understood by the staff and the Board; that all programs and policies are in concert with the organization's mission; and the mission is updated, as conditions change. The Executive Director is ultimately responsible for management and program operations, hiring and supervision of staff, interfacing with staff in specific program areas, managing the Board and its committees, and supervision of consultants, when necessary.
The Technical Assistance Video Program is a series of educational videos designed to provide useful information to bank directors, officers and employees on areas of supervisory focus and regulatory changes.
New Director Education Series
The first release of videos provides information to new bank directors about their fiduciary role and responsibilities as well an overview of the FDIC’s Risk Management and Compliance Examination processes. These videos are available on the FDIC's YouTube channel.
Virtual Director's College Program
A second series of videos is a virtual version of the FDIC’s Director's College Program that regional offices deliver throughout the year. The initial training program will consist of six modules to be released by June 30, 2013.
Virtual Technical Assistance Program
A third group of videos to be released by year-end will provide technical training to bankers on a range of regulatory issues. The initial training program will consist of six modules.
Proposed Rulemaking Videos
Lastly, the FDIC will continue the model introduced as part of the capital rulemaking process to provide overviews and instruction in a variety of formats, including videos, for more complex rulemakings.
Final Date Set for Charles Street Bankruptcy Hearing
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After a year of startling disclosures by Charles Street AME church officials, including an estimated $400,000 in misappropriated funds designated for a church pastoral program, U.S. bankruptcy Judge Frank Bailey set a final hearing date in the increasingly bitter trial pitting the historic church against OneUnited Bank. The April 12 confirmation hearing will determine whether the court will accept the church’s plan to repay nearly $5.2 million in loans to the nation’s largest black-owned bank as well as additional funds to outstanding creditors. Charles Street attorneys have argued that once the bankruptcy hearings are completed, the church can then finish building its Roxbury Renaissance Center and start generating money by holding wedding receptions and community meetings to repay its debts over a 30-year period. OneUnited attorneys have opposed such repayment plans in large part because of what they have discovered are significant problems with the church’s financial statements that are being used to determine the repayment plan.
Bank2 CEO and President Ross Hill to Give OBU's Minter Lecture
Ross A. Hill, Founder and CEO of Bank2, will present Oklahoma Baptist University’s 2013 Minter Lectureship in Business, Leadership, and Christian Ministry on Monday, April 8, at 10 a.m. in Bailey Business Center’s Tulsa Royalties Auditorium. The community is invited to attend. The title of Hill’s lecture will be “Leadership Essentials for the 21st Century.” In the 10 years since he founded Bank2, Hill and his team have helped thousands of people and firmly established the institution as a national star in the banking industry. In 2009 and 2010 the American Banking Journal ranked Bank2 as the first and third community bank in the nation, respectively, as measured by the banking industry’s gold standard of return on equity. The Minter Lectureship in American Business Practice is intended to add a sound understanding of the business world to the educational experience of church ministry majors to broaden their ability to minister effectively. The Minter Lectureship was underwritten by 1940 OBU graduate Lloyd G. Minter of Bartlesville. The annual series began in 1991.
South Dakota Democrat Tim Johnson’s decision to retire from the Senate rather than seek re-election in 2014 will likely trigger a scramble for the chairmanship of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee at the beginning of the next Congress. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., appears most likely to succeed Johnson if Democrats retain their Senate majority — a task that Johnson’s departure will make more difficult. A Schumer-led Banking Committee might not differ much from what the industry has grown to expect. Although Schumer has cultivated the support of the financial industry, he’s also been a strong backer of the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul. Schumer tends to be a more partisan Democrat than Johnson, who was always politically vulnerable since he hails from a Republican-leaning state. The clearest loser as a result of Johnson’s departure might be the credit card industry, which has found favorable treatment in South Dakota and counts Johnson as one of its most important allies on Capitol Hill.
Governor Bloom Raskin began by discussing the types of jobs being generated in the current recovery. She stated that the pace of recovery in employment has improved, but that it is important to look at the types of jobs that are being created because those jobs will directly affect the fortunes and challenges of households and neighborhoods as well as the course of the recovery. She then suggested that we think about how the absence of a substantial number of new high-paying jobs, when combined with changes in the landscape for financial services, affects access generally to affordable, sustainable credit. Finally, she explored some of the monetary, supervisory, and regulatory touchpoints in which the situation and prospects of low- and moderate-income working Americans can be addressed.
The Wall Street Journal hosted Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) at the second Seib & Wessel breakfast last Wednesday. The senator answered questions from Gerald F. Seib, Washington bureau chief, David Wessel, global economics editor, and other members of the media. Senator Durbin responded to questions concerning the federal budget, Social Security, drones, and the current political climate in Washington.
Members of the House Financial Services Committee raised concerns last Wednesday about the current business environment for small banks, pressing regulators about the lack of bank charters in recent years and the effect of new rules on the industry. Lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle cited the lack of de novo banks, asking Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. officials when the industry might start to see a turnaround. "No new banks were charted in 2012, according to the FDIC. We've seen all the closures, we've talked about how important the fabric of lending is to small businesses and farmers … and all these institutions do for our constituents," said Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, the chairman of the financial institutions subcommittee, which conducted the hearing. "When you see everything closing and nothing opening, that to me is a red flag that we need to monitor." Others raised similar worries, arguing that new rules could be dampening start-up activity. But officials from the FDIC and the agency's inspector general instead pointed to the cyclicality of the market, which continues to recover from the financial crisis. The FDIC also said they hoped to see renewed charter activity in the near future.
Economic and Community Development Institute - Relationship Manager (Columbus, Ohio)
A non-profit 501(c)(3) economic development organization based in Columbus, Ohio seeks an experienced Relationship Manager who will work with startup and existing companies to provide funding opportunities and technical assistance to ensure the success of our clients. The candidate will be responsible for gathering, reviewing, and analyzing all pertinent information, such as financials and business plans, relating to approving a commercial loan application. The perfect candidate should have an existing network of referral sources, five years of experience working in the financial sector, and a passion for seeing entrepreneurs succeed!
Insight Center for Community Economic Development - President and Chief Executive Officer (Oakland, CA)
The Insight Center for Community Economic Development is seeking an outstanding, respected leader to serve as its next President. Insight is a national research, consulting, and legal organization with a mission of helping people and communities become, and remain, economically secure. The position offers the opportunity to provide significant leadership to address the economic insecurity and inequities faced by many in our increasingly diverse country.
Natural Capital Investment Fund - Credit Analyst/Loan Closing Assistant (Winston-Salem, NC)
The Credit Analyst/Loan Closing Assistant reports to and assists the NCIF Director of Lending in building and supporting NCIF's portfolio of triple bottom line businesses. S/he gathers and analyzes financial and business information to determine worthiness of loan or equity applicants, including the identification of risks (market, economic, financial, etc) and strengths. The Credit Analyst/Loan Closing Assistant helps maintain data and files relating to loan applications and portfolio companies and assists in the monitoring and servicing of NCIF's loan and investment portfolio. The Credit Analyst/Loan Closing Assistant will also assist in loan closings and generating closing documents. The Credit Analyst/Loan Closing Assistant would also be responsible for assisting in the risk rating of the loan portfolio and in making annual site visits to portfolio companies. Opportunities exist to take on additional responsibility and authority based on performance.
NCB Capital Impact - Loan Officer (Oakland, CA)
NCB Capital Impact, a not-for-profit lender and technical assistance provider in low-income communities nationwide, seeks a Loan Officer to strengthen its community lending. The Loan Officer is responsible for representing NCB Capital Impact in its lending in underserved communities, focusing in five key sectors --education, health care, healthy foods, housing, and aging-- building on our long history of lending within these sectors. The ideal candidate will have a passion for work in low-income communities, 2-5 years of experience in lending or consulting to not-for-profit organizations, ideally with organizations serving low-income populations, and a track record of relationship development and management. Knowledge of New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) is helpful.
In an article entitled "Small Banks Developing Ways to Compete Against Payday Lenders," the American Banker featured CDBA member One PacificCoast Bank. The article states, "More community banks are preparing to fight payday lenders and technology upstarts for a bigger share of short-term, small-dollar loans. For smaller institutions such One PacificCoast Bank in Oakland, Calif., and National Bank & Trust of Sycamore in Illinois, the battle isn't about booking loans. Rather, the goal is to win back fee income that community banks have ceded to others in recent years."
The article continues to describe One PacificCoast's innovation, stating "One PacificCoast also has an alternative to paycheck advances. The $282 million-asset bank offers a service to employers that lets workers take out small-dollar loans."
Read the full coverage of these alternatives to payday loan products below.