Comments of the Week: Oct. 15 - 19

On HSBC executive Irene Dorner's call to fix banking's reputation: On HSBC executive Irene Dorner's call to fix banking's reputation: "I am tired of being asked to apologize for being committed to helping customers and communities … HSBC lecturing the banking industry on restoring trust? Are you kidding me?"

Related Article: Banks Must Do 'A Lot More' to Repair Image: HSBC's Dorner

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On HSBC executive Irene Dorner's call to fix banking's reputation: On HSBC executive Irene Dorner's call to fix banking's reputation: "The irrefutable fact is that the sector is dominated by avid joyful lawbreakers. Fix that, and the image problem fixes itself."

Related Article: Banks Must Do 'A Lot More' to Repair Image: HSBC's Dorner

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On Vikram Pandit's resignation as Citi CEO: On Vikram Pandit's resignation as Citi CEO: "Shareholders can have some confidence that the bank can now begin to turn itself around … Pandit's five months experience working for a bank was hardly a qualification to take over as CEO."

Related Article: As Pandit Departs, Citi Turns to Star of Gridiron and Asset Sales

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On Citi's claim it had returned to basics prior to Pandit's departure: On Citi's claim it had returned to basics prior to Pandit's departure: "Are you kidding me? That's what they said the last three times they were bailed out."

Related Article: Bair Still Bearish on Citigroup

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On Citi's strategy following Michael Corbat's appointment to CEO: On Citi's strategy following Michael Corbat's appointment to CEO: "Good for Citi. Returning to the basics of banking is a good idea."

Related Article: As Pandit Departs, Citi Turns to Star of Gridiron and Asset Sales
On Sheila Bair's notion that bank examiners be required to make a lifetime commitment: On Sheila Bair's notion that bank examiners be required to make a lifetime commitment: "To [Bair's] credit, she has come up with a new way to destroy the industry."

Related Article: Should Bank Examiners Have to Make a Lifetime Commitment?

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On whether bank examiners should be required to make a lifetime commitment: On whether bank examiners should be required to make a lifetime commitment: "You would not ask an intern at a hospital to make a commitment never to go into private practice."

Related Article: Should Bank Examiners Have to Make a Lifetime Commitment?

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On whether bank examiners should be required to make a lifetime commitment: On whether bank examiners should be required to make a lifetime commitment: "Certainly a provision for 'number of years' prior to taking [lobbyist] jobs could be implemented."

Related Article: Should Bank Examiners Have to Make a Lifetime Commitment?

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On the call for legal safe harbor for small banks from new mortgage regulations: On the call for legal safe harbor for small banks from new mortgage regulations: "Amen!"

Related Article: Small Banks Need Legal Safe Harbor from New Mortgage Regulations

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On applying Basel III to community banks: On applying Basel III to community banks: "Raising capital to meet an arbitrary standard as part of conditions that will most likely never occur to protect a system that could never be impacted by being wrong is insane."

Related Article: One Economic Hiccup, And These Small Banks Are in Trouble

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On Sallie Krawcheck suggesting short-term shareholder thinking ruins banks: On Sallie Krawcheck suggesting short-term shareholder thinking ruins banks: "Business is not a weekly/quarterly game. Not if truly healthy companies are the goal."

Related Article: Short-Term Shareholder Thinking Ruins Banks, Krawcheck Says

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On consumer demand for 'lighter, not fewer' bank branches: On consumer demand for 'lighter, not fewer' bank branches: "People use to know the name of their doctor, lawyer, accountant and banker. Nowadays you are your own banker."

Related Article: Customers Want 'Lighter, Not Fewer' Branches

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On the idea that residential mortgage-backed securities are being adequately vetted: On the idea that residential mortgage-backed securities are being adequately vetted: "And Santa will bring me a winning Irish Sweepstakes ticket."

Related Article: Mortgage Investors Still in the Dark on Risk Details

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On a bipartisan group assessing Dodd-Frank: On a bipartisan group assessing Dodd-Frank: "Even if we only were able to get a more rational timetable for implementation, that would be important progress."

Related Article: Bipartisan Group to Assess Dodd-Frank

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On industry groups finding Fincen's rulemaking on shell companies will increase costs: On industry groups finding Fincen's rulemaking on shell companies will increase costs: "Rulemaking requires at least some effort to identify costs of compliance."

Related Article: New Fincen Director Makes Shell Corps Her Top Priority

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American Banker readers share their views on the most pressing banking topics of the week. As excerpted from the Comments sections of AmericanBanker.com articles.

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