Slideshow 'You're Either a Buyer or a Seller': Week's Best Quotes

  • December 10 2013, 10:57am 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 a bill before the House financial institutions subcommittee that would reduce overlapping bank regulations:

"We've seen some bad legislation in this committee … but this is a doozey."

— Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass.

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On providing banking services to marijuana dispensaries:

"We have banks that would gladly bank these businesses. And we have others that say even if it was perfectly legal, they'd never touch it."

— Don Childears, president of the Colorado Bankers Association

Related Article: Federal Banking Regulators Pressed to Act on Marijuana Businesses

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On the need for banks to plan for rules, including those involving liquidity requirements and propriety-trading limits, before they're finalized:

"The financial institutions are dealing in three- or four-dimensional chess."

— Bank of New York Mellon (BK) Chief Executive Gerald Hassell

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On the need for community banks to grow to stay competitive:

"You're either a buyer or a seller."

— Anton Schutz, chief executive of the investment firm Mendon Capital Advisors

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On increasing market share without making acquisitions:

"The largest institutions are the gift that keeps on giving. Our new clients walk in saying, 'Please get us out of the bank we're in.'"

— Frank Sorrentino, chief executive of ConnectOne Bank (CNOB)

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On recent discrimination cases filed by National Fair Housing Alliance against Bank of America (BAC) and U.S. Bancorp (USB):

"[W]e wouldn't file a complaint against someone who doesn't have liability."

— Shanna Smith, president of the National Fair Housing Alliance

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On so-called patent trolls, who threaten to file infringement lawsuits against targets who refuse to pay them fees:

"They just blanket the banks, they don't do any research - they just scare you and hope you pay it."

— John Buhrmaster, president of 1st National Bank of Scotia, N.Y.

Related Article: Why Patent Reform Matters to Banks

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On the proposed merger of Plano, Texas banks ViewPoint Financial (VPFG) and LegacyTexas Group:

"One of the things we rallied behind was the ability to bring Texas banking back to Texas. We've lost it to New York and Birmingham."

— Kevin Hanigan, the chief executive of ViewPoint

Related Article: Two Merging Banks See Dallas as Lone Star on Their Map

On the push to build a faster payments network:

"There's a lot that the industry as a whole needs to be investing in. We need to make sure that improving the payments system has a reason to get to the top of that list."

— Steve Ledford, senior vice president of product and strategy at The Clearing House

Related Article: Big Banks Ask 'What's the Rush?' on Faster Payments

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