The once-distressed parent of First National Bank of Howell is on the road to recovery. For attorney Stanley Dickson, the comeback means more than a return on investment. It allowed him to save a bank that has been there for his family over four generations.

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UMB Bank's strong fee revenue and cheap deposits give it leeway to compete on loan pricing, employing a strategy often used by much larger banks. Mike Hagedorn, the 100-year-old bank's chief executive, also discussed UMB's renewed interest in disciplined M&A.

The heads of banks are resistant to analytics and data-driven decisions in general, according to a new survey, yet embrace them in limited uses.
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A number of credit union and bank executives have been ignoring the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cyber Security, waiting for the federal government to issue more definitive guidance.

Steven Sugarman, chief executive at Banc of California, recently completed a large branch acquisition after a public battle with an advocacy group. In a recent interview, he discussed that process as well as the bank's busy year — both the good and the bad.

In-store branches are a good example of the quandaries in retail banking. BOK Financial calls them outdated and has decided to ditch them, but Huntington and Fifth Third say they are high-volume sources of new accounts.
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John Hairston, set to become the Mississippi company's sole CEO, said Carl Chaney was not forced out as co-CEO. Still, he said the departure allows Hancock to streamline operations and become more efficient.

John A. Allison writes in his new book that he feared for years that predecessors of Wachovia or Bank of America would try and force BB&T to sell itself. In this excerpt, he explains how he kept the banking giants at bay. Part 5 of 5.

The Connecticut company just recaptured its deferred-tax asset, which padded third-quarter earnings. Still, some observers believe Patriot National's improved health, and presence in affluent markets, could lure suitors.

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer's creative effort to give shareholders more power to nominate board candidates will be an uphill battle, but community banks are taking it seriously — and larger banks may ultimately have to do so, too.
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Community banks, on average, increased the size of their loan portfolios by 15% in the third quarter from a year earlier, though the numbers reveal a slowdown from prior periods.

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