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Nearly 85% of the acquisitions announced this year have involved sellers with $500 million or less in assets. Investment bankers expect more of the same in the final six months of this year.

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The South Dakota company will soon be completely independent from National Australia Bank. The plan for now is to produce consistent results while scouting deals as the bank nears a key regulatory threshold.

Banks have faced increased scrutiny of their treatment of customers since the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and BB&T and others have proven that the process can be managed. Old fights with regulators can be put in the past if banks work hard at it.

The NCUA is considering a plan that would let credit unions count certain forms of debt as capital. The plan, which would help credit unions book more loans, is drawing sharp rebukes from the banking industry.

After scaling back its U.S. operations, Popular, Inc., plans to focus on niche commercial lending markets, including financing for elder care and assisted living facilities.

Access National's four-year-old wealth management subsidiary has grown rapidly and is poised to enter the black. The allure of fee revenues has drawn many community banks into this field amid weak loan growth and tight interest margins.

Regions Financial and U.S. Bancorp are among the institutions that are using independent filmmakers to produce high-quality videos for YouTube and other channels. Industry experts warn, however, that success is far from assured in an already crowded social media world.
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SRS Acquiom, a provider of mergers-and-acquisitions services, has appointed former JPMorgan Chase executive Heidi Miller to its board.

The big bank has taken heat from social conservatives about its TV advertisement featuring a same-sex couple adopting a child, but Wells executives say the ad is part of a larger campaign that embraces the many demographic groups in its customer base.
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The yield curve has steepened in recent weeks, but bankers caution that it could take months or years for any benefits — or risks — to become apparent in financial results.

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