After 22 years at ABA, the association’s top lobbyist James Ballentine will soon retire. In this special episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast, Ballentine reflects on lessons learned during his career in Washington and shares tips both on effective banking advocacy and on promoting diversity and inclusion in banking.
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It’s National Financial Literacy Month, but on the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast, the Wall Street Journal’s Matthew Hennessey digs into the literacy that undergirds financial literacy: the basics of economic decision-making, from prices and markets to preferences and specialization.
Often described as “charitable savings accounts” or “charitable checkbooks,” donor-advised funds are one of the fastest-growing charitable vehicles. Evan Sparks talks about how banks of all sizes are building DAFs into their wealth management strategies.
While many larger banks have created “chief diversity officer” roles over the past several years, that role has been more of a rarity at smaller banks. Until now.
In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, western governments have imposed unprecedented financial sanctions on individuals, businesses, banks and governments in Russia, Belarus and Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine.
At a community bank with limited staff and resources, tech transformation is all about setting priorities.
For nearly 200 years, Millbury National Bank has stayed independent as a commercially focused community bank in Massachusetts. Part of that independent tradition owes to the bank’s history of multigenerational stewardship.
On the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast, Ohio bank CEO Mike Vynalek discusses his own journey in community bank advocacy and how he’s getting emerging leaders at his bank involved in advocacy.
During the CoreConnection session at ABA’s Conference for Community Bankers, core provider CEOs sounded notes that will sound familiar to those following the work of ABA’s Core Platforms Committee: open APIs, access to data and flexible and transparent contracts.
Amid persistent inflation and supply chain kinks, small businesses are finding more and more that “cash is king,” especially as their suppliers are likelier to ask for cash up front.