… Joyce Chang was promoted to global head of fixed-income research at J.P. Morgan, adding responsibility for currency, rates, securitized products and public finance research to her current role leading credit, index and global emerging markets research. Chang was No. 22 on American Banker’s list of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance for 2012, and Institutional Investor has had her at No. 1 on its Emerging Markets Sovereigns & Economics ranking for 15 years straight. …

 … A long-awaited recovery in housing finally seems to be taking hold – at least in certain parts of the country – and a handful of banks are making their move. Among them: Oregon-based Umpqua Bank, which recently started a homebuilder finance group to provide construction and development loans in the Pacific Northwest. Kelly Warter, who has more than 30 years of homebuilder finance experience, has been hired to oversee the group. She is based in Seattle. …

… Ann Murtlow, a principal of AM Consulting and a director at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, is joining the board of First Internet Bancorp, a $627 million-asset, online-only bank. Murtlow, a former CEO of Indianapolis Power & Light Co., has “uncommon insight on the banking industry, macroeconomic factors, and the Central Indiana business community,” says David Becker, First Internet's chairman and CEO.

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