Slideshow 'What about Allowing Free Men and Women to Decide?': Week's Best Quotes

  • April 01 2014, 7:30am EDT
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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 the importance of women bankers seizing opportunities rather than expecting that their hard work to get noticed:

"If you are thinking that [colleagues will notice your hard work and] will put a gold star on your paper, then you will be watching the next person get the promotion."

— Laurie Stewart, president and chief executive, Sound Community Bank

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On the large number of M&A sellers compared to buyers:

"It's like being on a train with three seats left, and you pull into the station and there are 15 people in line."

— Randy Sims, CEO of Home BancShares (HOMB)

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On attempts to regulate payday lenders:

"What about allowing free men and women to decide what works for them?"

— Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

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On the payday-lending industry's resistance to interest-rate caps:

"It's a little dishonest to say we're willing to be regulated but we're not willing to be regulated on the most important aspect."

— a consumer attorney at a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau hearing on payday lending

Related Article: Payday Lenders Ask CFPB to Tread Carefully on Rulemaking

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On the decision by Mike Cavanagh, onetime heir apparent to JPMorgan Chase (JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon, to leave the bank for the Carlyle Group:

"This is a regrettable loss for our company, as Mike has been a part of the fabric of our organization for the last 14 years."

— Dimon

Related Article: Latest JPM Blow: Possible Dimon Heir Cavanagh Bolts for Carlyle

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Noah Hanft on retiring from MasterCard to head the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution:

"There's a natural attraction to stay with the industry and company you love. But life is short. It's interesting to try different things."

— Noah Hanft, MasterCard general counsel and chief franchise officer

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On the U.S. Postal Service's reaction to a call by its Inspector General to create a postal bank:

"This is one we didn't ask for."

— Patrick Donahoe, Postmaster General

Related Article: Architect of Postal Banking Proposal Speaks Out

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On the need for fresh thinking about cybersecurity:

"Our job is to be more innovative than the people who are trying to steal."

— Ryan McInerney, the president of Visa (NYSE: V)

Related Article: Bankers, When Talking Innovation, Dwell on Cyber Defenses

On why banks have little incentive to invest in technology:

"Spending on technology to keep up with regulations, there's not really a payback on it. It's the cost of doing business."

— Judd Caplain, a principal in KPMG's banking and financial services group

Related Article: Banks' Neglect of Tech Comes Back to Haunt

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On holding bank executives responsible for Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering failures:

"Shouldn't we, as bank supervisors, demand that institutions designate and hold senior managers responsible for BSA risk management just as they would for any other activity or line of business?"

— Thomas Curry, Comptroller of the Currency

Related Article: Why C-Suite May Soon Feel Sting of BSA Enforcement

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On why Meredith Village Savings Bank and Merrimack County Savings Bank decided to merge:

"We felt we had strong institutions but ... we saw challenges that are beyond our careers."

— Sam Laverack, co-CEO of New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp

Related Article: Mutuals Face Increasing Pressure o Consider Merging