FDIC Releases 2020 Community Banking Study

In mid-December, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) released the 2020 Community Banking Study, a new large-scale study on the state of the nation’s community banks. The study finds community banks played a critical role in providing access to credit in several key areas of the U.S. economy, particularly through lending to support commercial real … Read more

Pandemic Prescience: A New Look at a 2007 Report that Pondered the Economic Impact of Another Event Like the 1918 Influenza

EDITOR’S NOTE: In 2007, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis published a paper by economist Thomas A. Garrett, then an assistant vice president at the St. Louis Fed (now an associate professor in economics at the University of Mississippi), entitled Economic Effects of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic: Implications for a Modern-Day Pandemic. Have those implications … Read more

Latest Beige Book Reveals ‘Generally Positive, but Uncertain’ Outlook in the 11th District

The economy expanded at a modest pace in the Federal Reserve System’s 11th District in recent months, but activity in most industries remained below normal levels. That’s one of the key findings reported in the Fed’s latest edition of the Beige Book, published eight times per year. Each Federal Reserve Bank gathers anecdotal information on current economic … 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

Liberty National Bank Chairman Philip Ridley Cecil Passes Away

Philip Ridley Cecil, chairman of Liberty National Bank, passed away peacefully on October 10 with his family nearby at Paris Regional Medical Center  in Paris, Texas, due to complications from COVID-19. He was 84. After earning a business degree from the University of Texas–Austin and then serving as a lieutenant JG in the U.S. Navy … 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

Five Ways Your Financial Institution Can Use Digital Tools to Connect With Customers During COVID-19

In response to the continuing challenges related to COVID-19, many financial institutions are relying on digital tools, including document management systems, to keep some semblance of normality. Document management systems are among the digital solutions that help your institution streamline operations and external communication. As financial institutions navigate this unprecedented situation while providing essential services … 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

Affiliated Bank and SouthWest Bank Terminate Merger Agreement

Arlington-based BancAffiliated Inc., the sole shareholder of Affiliated Bank National Association, and Odessa-based Odessa SouthWest Bancshares Inc., the sole shareholder of SouthWest Bank, have mutually agreed to terminate their merger agreement, previously announced last December. The termination is in response to the extreme uncertainty resulting from the global health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and … Read more

Texas Banks Partner with LiftFund to Provide Unity Grants for Small Business

In July, Texas banks, which have been supporting customers, small businesses and communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, announced a unity grant program to provide quick relief to minority and women-owned small businesses impacted by manmade or natural disasters. Reflecting the work of Texas community banks, the Texas Bankers Association and its charitable arm, the Texas Bankers … Read more