City First Bank of DC | Wednesday, June 25, 2014

City First Bank of D.C. has released their 2013 annual report, marking a year of growth that featured a record $66 million in new loans and the completion of four New Markets Tax Credit projects that deployed $61 million in reinvestment. Among the borrowers City First has helped is Washington Latin Public Charter School. Since 2006, Washington Latin had been giving elementary and high school children top-notch educations -- but operated out of three rented sites. Thanks to financing from City First Bank and assistance from the New Markets Tax Credit Program, Washington Latin has rehabilitated an aging school building which had been in disuse since 2008. The new campus contains a renovated school building, library, gymnasium and two large playing fields.

Wall Street Journal | Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Intense competition for limited lending opportunities in a slow-growth, low-interest-rate environment is fueling looser, riskier underwriting standards among banks, the OCC warned in a new report. The OCC highlighted two areas in particular where banks took on more risk in the pursuit of profit: high-yielding loans issued to more speculative borrowers and indirect auto loans made through car dealers. Banks are also easing lending standards in commercial loans, the report said. Despite an effort by regulators to clamp down on so-called leveraged lending by warning banks against funding debt-laden deals, leveraged-loan issuance reached a record in 2013.

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia | Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A study by the Philadelphia Federal Reserve found measurable benefits to one-on-one pre-purchase homeownership counseling in comparison to a single brief classroom session. The study compared examined the experiences of 425 first-time homebuyers, all of whom received only a two-hour pre-purchase workshop. Half of the participants received additional ongoing one-on-one counseling. The analysis showed that participants who had received the one-on-one counseling demonstrated greater creditworthiness as they prepared to qualify for a home mortgage. Researchers saw the clearest difference when they compared the two groups' credit scores, total debt, and various delinquency days on payments.

Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee | Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government has approved its fiscal year 2015 appropriations bill. The bill would set aside $230 million for the CDFI Fund, a substantial increase from the President’s proposed funding level of $224.9 million and in-line with the House Financial Service Subcommittee’s proposed funding level. Also included was a $1 billion authorization for the CDFI Bond Program and $18 million for the Bank Enterprise Award Program. The two subcommittee bills will now be taken up in full House and Senate appropriations committees.

Wall Street Journal | Monday, June 23, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder has confirmed that the Justice Department is preparing to bring more cases against banks and payment-processing companies as part of its Operation Choke Point probe. The probe is aimed at shutting down financial frauds, including scammers and Internet-based short-term lenders, by cutting off their access to banks. "In the months ahead, we expect to resolve other investigations involving financial institutions that chose to process transactions even though they knew the transactions were fraudulent, or willfully ignored clear evidence of fraud," Holder said. His remarks come amid a backlash by lawmakers and business groups who say the probe and parallel efforts by bank regulators are squeezing out legitimate businesses.

American Banker | Monday, June 23, 2014

Prepaid mobile phone carrier Boost Mobile is trying to enter the prepaid card market. Boost executives say the prepaid phone stores will have a unique appeal to unbanked customers. Shops that sell prepaid mobile phones often are in close proximity to check cashers and money-transfer stores. The shops tend to have employees who can speak their customers' language and understand their needs. Boost's basic financial product includes international money transfers, bill pay and the ability to add minutes to the customer's mobile phone plan. Customers can upgrade to a more extensive product which includes a reloadable prepaid card that enables direct deposit, free person-to-person mobile payments and mobile check deposit at $4 per check.

Louisville Business First | Friday, June 20, 2014

Louisville, Kentucky-based Metro Bank has named three new members to its board of directors. The new board members are Marland Cole of Simmons College of Kentucky, Gerald Reynolds of LG&E and KU Energy LLC and John Rippy of Republic Bank & Trust Co. They will be taking positions left vacant by Rick Guillaume, a retired Louisville banker, and Ronald Miller, senior vice president and CFO of Kosair Charities. Pedro Bryant, president and CEO of Metro Bank, said the board of directors expanded by one member, to 10, to prepare for the expected retirement of one of its members next year. Bryant declined to identify the retiring board member. | Friday, June 20, 2014

Come January, when companies in Minnesota can officially register as benefit corporations, Sunrise Banks hopes to be one of the first in line. B-Corps are able declare social impact goals along with profit goals and are shielded from shareholder lawsuits charging that social impact has come at the detriment of profit goals. A growing number of states now offer the classification. “What this means from a local standpoint is over 60 percent of our loans are made each year in low and moderate income communities,” Sunrise CEO and CDBA Board of Directors member David Reiling says. Reiling thinks the designation could boost Sunrise Banks' brand -- and profitability.

Virginia Community Capital | Friday, June 20, 2014

Clyde Cornett, CPA, was honored at the 2014 Virginia Business CFO  awards banquet on Thursday, June 19. Cornett, who has been with VCC since 2008 as its CFO, is this year’s award recipient in the Small Nonprofit Category.


Cornett’s nomination highlighted a $250,000 increase in revenue for 2013 and noted that VCC’s assets have grown 356 percent since 2008.  In addition, VCC has financed over 4,600 units of affordable housing, created or saved over 1,950 Virginia jobs and financed 6 community health care centers. 


“The awards honor chief financial officers whose ingenuity and dedication have contributed to their companies’ growth and profitability,” according to the announcement by Virginia Business.

Virginia Business News | Thursday, June 19, 2014

Virginia Business News has named Virginia Community Capital CFO Clyde Cornett among the winners of its CFO Awards. The awards honor chief financial officers whose ingenuity and dedication have contributed their companies’ growth and profitability. The magazine received 48 nominations this year and winners were chosen out of 26 finalists. Cornett’s nomination highlighted Virginia Community Capital's $250,000 increase in revenue for 2013 and a 356 percent growth in assets since 2008. In that time, VCC has financed over 4,600 units of affordable housing, created or saved over 1,950 Virginia jobs and financed 6 community health care centers.