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suffocating regulationsWashington TImes Special Section Explores Excessive Bank Regulation

Today the Washington Times runs a 12 page special section titled "How excessive regulation is crushing Main Street: The impact of the feds’ squeeze on community bankers is a special report prepared by The Washington Times Advocacy Department." Read the piece, supported by the ICBA  here. This supplement will be distributed to over 20,000 persons on Capitol Hill and to their over 1 million subscribers.

Joint Industry Associations Issue Statement on HOA Super Priority Liens

Seven trade associations have signed a letter and statement related to HOA Super Priority Liens.  The letter identifies several principals that the signatories believe should be adhered to in any legislative, or regulatory decision related to super priority liens.  In addition to outlining policy principles, the document also contains a brief history on this issue and an analysis dangers that may result from judicial decisions on this issue. The document can be read in full here. United in offering this recommendaiton are the American Bankers Association, Amercian Financial Services Association, Association of Mortgage Investors, Housing Policy Cpuncil of the Financial Services Roundtable, Mortgage Bankers Association, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Assoication, and Structured Finance Indutry Group.

SavingsCoachUSAA and Nuance Create 'Savings Coach" Financial Literacy Virtual Assistant to Help Millennials Break Negative Savings Rate

Virtual assistant and gaming features prove successful with savers

BURLINGTON, Mass.USAA is introducing a free Savings Coach app, created with Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN). Savings Coach is one of the first proactive virtual assistants for banking, designed especially to help millennials save money.

“Savings Coach engages millennials through a conversational, simple explanation of the importance of saving, analysis of spending and ongoing suggestions for a savings plan.”

SeanFrenchFrench named Small Business Stratgey Consultant & Wells Fargo At WorkSM Leader

Sean French has been named Small Business Strategy Consultant and Wells Fargo At WorkSM leader for the Western Mountain Region. In his new role, French will be a member of the Western Mountain Leadership Team and will be responsible for strategy development, implementation, and leadership to drive the Small Business and Wells Fargo at Work plans and initiatives across Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nevada and Arizona. His appointment has been announced by Western Mountain Regional Bank Executive Gerrit van Huisstede.

“Sean has done an outstanding job as Northern Nevada area president over the past 12 years,” said van Huisstede. “He is passionate

about being his best, working collaboratively with all lines of businesses, and putting our customers at the center of everything he does. I am confident our Western Mountain small business efforts and Wells Fargo at Work initiatives will continue to thrive under his strategic leadership.”

Celebrate Dodd-Frank Turning 5 by Asking Congress to Fix It

Tuesday, July 21, marks the fifth anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Act—a sweeping overhaul of financial regulation. Five years in, we’re at a good point to turn and evaluate how the law is working so far.

No law passed by Congress is perfect, and the evidence is clear the Dodd-Frank requires some tweaking to make it work better. As a result of Dodd-Frank’s mortgage rules, many community banks are getting out of the home loan business altogether or drastically cutting back—often in the rural and underserved areas that most need credit.

Rabkin Alan  Rabkin's Review

 Alan Rabkin, General Counsel and SVP at Heritage Bank of Nevada discusses the passage of AB 130 (Probate modernization) and AB 195 (Commerical Anti-deficiency fix) Read here.