Texas Bankers Foundation Presents 2020 Cornerstone and LiFE Awards

The Texas Bankers Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Texas Bankers Association, presented the annual Cornerstone and Leaders in Financial Education (LiFE) awards to banks at a special virtual video presentation on December 3. The Cornerstone Award recognizes excellence in community involvement by Texas banks. The following banks were honored with the 2020 Cornerstone Award. … Read more

FDIC Third Quarter Report: Improved Profitability

O n December 1, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) reported results from commercial banks and savings institutions that reflect improved profitability from the first and second quarters of this year, increased liquidity and strengthened capital levels. As a result, the banking industry remains well-positioned to accommodate loan demand and support the economy. For the … Read more

What was Different in the Second Round of PPP in Texas? Part Two of a Study of the Role of Community Banks in Texas

MARK GRIFFITHS, Principal, MG2 Investments LLCMIKE MAULDIN, Director of the Excellence In Banking Program, Texas Tech UniversityDREW WINTERS, Pickering Chair in Finance, Texas Tech University EDITOR’S NOTE: This research paper—part two of a comprehensive look at the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)—was provided by the Excellence in Banking Program at Texas Tech University and offers documentation … Read more

The State of Play with CRA

If COVID-19 and an economic recession are not enough for you to deal with, here’s another regulatory issue that continues to loom over all banks—the Community Reinvestment Act. CRA Exams. First, CRA examinations and release of exam results continue. Lists of banks up for their exam are posted. These should be “virtual” exams in keeping … Read more

FDIC Launches Academic Challenge Focused on Community Banking

On September 18, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) announced the launch of the agency’s first-ever Academic Challenge, a competition among teams of university and college students to address questions concerning the U.S. banking sector. The topic for this inaugural challenge is “The Effects of Community Banks on Local Economic Development.” The FDIC’s Center for … Read more

Did the Paycheck Protection Program Funds Get to Small Businesses? A Study of the Role of Community Banks in Texas

MARK GRIFFITHS, Principal, MG2 Investments LLCMIKE MAULDIN, Director of the Excellence In Banking Program, Texas Tech UniversityDREW WINTERS, Pickering Chair in Finance, Texas Tech University EDITOR’S NOTE: This research paper was provided by the Excellence in Banking Program at Texas Tech University and provides documentation and valuable insights into the remarkable efforts of community banks … Read more

FDIC Second Quarter Report: Community Banks Registered a 3.2 Percent Increase in Net Income

O n August 25, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) reported that commercial banks and savings institutions saw a decrease in net income of 70 percent from a year ago, while liquidity and capital levels remained very strong to meet loan demand and absorb any losses in the future. For the 5,066 commercial banks and … Read more