Northwest Bank & Trust is tiny by assets — $198 million. But the Davenport, Iowa, bank wields a big stick in the business of administrating sweep accounts for other banks.

In a wide-ranging discussion, Chief Executive Joe Slavens discusses how Northwest is creatively dealing with weak loan demand in the Quad Cities area of Iowa and Illinois, his outlook for mergers and acquisitions in Iowa and how the possible end of the Transaction Account Guarantee (TAG) program could affect Northwest's subsidiary that provides sweep-account management.

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