BofA backlash, Facebook’s bad deal and selling a century-old bank: Top stories of the week

The Trump administration's stance on immigration is causing headaches for some banks, how a tiny black-owned bank is turning to fintech to turn itself around; why banks are rejecting Facebook's offer to share data and more from this week's most-read stories.

BofA faces backlash over questions about customers' citizenship
Bank of America branch
The bank's predicament suggests that the Trump administration's hard-line stance on immigration can cause headaches for financial institutions.

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The painstaking process to sell a family's century-old bank
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The family that owns KleinBank negotiated for employee incentives for nonrelatives and retention awards as part of the Minnesota bank's proposed sale to Old National.

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Banks won't 'like' this offer from Facebook
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Facebook is seeking customer data from big banks. Executives say it's not clear what the benefit would be, but the drawbacks are easy to tally.

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A blue wave is coming. Banks need to get ready
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.
The Ohio special election is the latest sign that Democrats are well positioned to retake the House in midterm elections this fall.

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How this tiny black-owned bank is turning itself around with fintech
Staff meeting South Carolina Community Bank
A $52 million-asset African-American-owned bank in South Carolina is hoping its efforts can be expanded to help underbanked consumers nationwide.

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Fannie, Freddie could need $78B in crisis: FHFA
Fannie Mae headquarters
The mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would have to draw as much as $78 billion in the event of a serious economic crisis, according to stress test results released Tuesday by the housing regulator.

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Senate Dem demands Wells Fargo explain error that led to 400 foreclosures
Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii
Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, said it is hard to imagine how Wells Fargo's $8 million remediation plan would correct a mistake that led to 400 wrongful foreclosures.

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'Still a real need for … human interaction' in retail banking's future
Tory Nixon
Tory Nixon, who became Umpqua's chief banking officer this spring, is trying to drive more customers to use mobile banking (only 15% do so now industrywide) without alienating them in the process.

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Banks earning less from overdrafts, but critics still find fault
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There's much for banks to like — and for consumer advocates to dislike — in a report on the industry's overdraft policies released Tuesday by the Center for Responsible Lending.

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What's missing from the OCC's fintech charter
Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting
The agency's decision to offer special-purpose charters for fintech companies raises questions about how those institutions will be overseen and the risks they could pose to the system.

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