Slideshow 'Any Income Is Good in This Market': Week's Best Quotes

  • December 17 2013, 8:47am EST
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The most notable quotes from American Banker stories of the previous week. Readers are encouraged to add their own observations in the Comments fields at the bottom of each slide.

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On why only about half of the banks approached by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. agreed to an early buyout of loss-share agreements tied to failed-bank acquisitions:

"If everyone agreed, it would probably mean we are offering way too much money."

— Pamela Farwig, the FDIC's deputy director for the division of resolutions and receiverships

Related Article: Banks Eager to Wrap Up FDIC Loss-Share Pacts Early

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On the fee his bank gets for referring customers to Lending Club:

"It's a small income source, but any income is good in this market."

— Jonathan Morris, a director at Titan Bank in Dallas

Related Article: Lending Club Courts Small Banks as Personal-Loan Partners

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On the arguments made by retailers to torpedo the $5.7 billion swipe-fee settlement agreed to last week:

"The vitriol and poor behavior and feigned hysteria mask complex and difficult issues on which reasonable merchants can and do disagree."
— John Gleeson, U.S. District Judge

Related Article: Judge Approves Huge Swipe-Fee Settlement

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On the challenges facing retail banks:

"We're in the midst of a fundamentally changing retail-delivery channel. Regulation costs are almost irrelevant to the change I think we're going to go through in retail banking."

— William Demchak, chief executive of PNC Financial Services Group (PNC)

Related Article: Demographics, Tech Worry Bank Chiefs More than Regs

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On why banks need good customer service:

"Banks are selling deposit accounts and loans, and you can get one of those anywhere. The only thing that will differentiate between banks is the level of service they provide."

— Lynn David, president of Community Bank Consulting Services

Related Article: Banks Struggling to Resolve Customer Complaints

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Arguing that there should be more concern about Chinese banks' efforts to acquire in America:

"It is one thing when we buy their rubber dolls. It's a different thing when they buy our banks."

— Richard D'Aveni, a business professor at Dartmouth College

Related Article: China's Influence Shows in MetroCorp's Bid to Sell Itself

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On why the FDIC's plan to resolve large banks amounts to a stealth bailout:

"This doesn't look like a liquidation. It looks like a restructuring in which the systemically important financial institution survives to fight another day."

— Arthur Wilmarth, a law professor at George Washington University

Related Article: Is the FDIC's 'Single-Point' Resolution Plan a Stealth Bailout?

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On how JPMorgan Chase's (JPM) relationship with regulators changed over the past several years:

"It obviously got worse. We're trying to get it back."

— Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan chairman and chief executive

Related Article: Dimon Discusses 'Worse' Ties with Regulators, 'Manageable' Volcker Rule

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On what it means for a prominent bank to try to fight the government, rather than paying to settle charges:

"You'll be in court for two, three, four, five years, your people will be interviewed [and] your company will be demeaned in the press nonstop. It's really, really painful."

— Dimon

Related Article: Dimon Discusses 'Worse' Ties with Regulators, 'Manageable' Volcker Rule

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On the final version of the Volcker Rule - a 71-page document with more than 800 pages of supplementary material:

"It's a monster."

— Gil Schwartz, a partner at Schwartz & Ballen and a former attorney for the Fed

Related Article: Banks, Lawyers Struggling to Evaluate Final Volcker Rule

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