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February 21, 2014


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American Bankers Mutual Insurance Gives Peace of Mind

The ABA Insurance Program (ABAIS) has provided GBA members peace of mind for years through its directors & officers liability, financial institution bond, Internet banking liability, employment practices liability and other related insurance products. ABA Insurance Services works closely with agents and brokers whether they have a sizable financial institution book of business or simply write policies for their local community bank. Read more about the ABA Insurance program here...

Access to Multiple Distressed-bank D&O and Bond Insurance Markets, Coverage Available for Banks of Any Size from McEver & Tribble

After a difficult period for D&O Insurance coverage, we are starting to hear of emerging patterns regarding market response to banks of varying health. The current market is helpful for certain banks but still a challenge for others. Healthy banks can expect improved market response, similar to what they found before the 2008 market correction, with 3-year policies, no restrictive wording or endorsements and competitive pricing. Distressed banks, on the other hand, can expect one-year terms, lower limits, restrictive endorsements, higher premiums and some are still encountering regulatory exclusions on their polices as well as Prior Acts exclusions. The cost to obtain these coverages can be high, however, GBA Strategic Partner McEver & Tribble has access to multiple distressed-bank D&O and Bond Insurance markets and can provide regulatory coverage for banks of any size. Please contact Hayward McEver with questions at 404.949.3825.


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Legislature Considers GBA Priority Bills

There's been a heightened sense of urgency to take care of necessary business efficiently at the State Capitol this week on the heels of last week's winter weather as well as with the aggressive calendar set for this session. The House passed the 2015 annual budget and sent it to the Senate so the Senate Appropriations Committee can make their changes and additions before going to conference with the House. GBA's two priority bills dealing with certain bank fees and patent trolls were reported out of the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee. We've got a lot more work to do on S.B. 363 by Sen. Lindsey Tippins (R-Marietta) dealing with contractors working on real estate to make it construction ready. More summary from the week at the Capitol here...


Former GBA Chairman Don Crafton Dies This Week

We were saddened to learn that GBA's chairman Don Crafton of Dublin died this week. For those who didn’t have the privilege of knowing Don, he was our chairman in 1982-83 and was president & CEO of Morris State Bank, Dublin, at the time. "I remember him fondly for his quiet manner and gracious demeanor and total commitment to Lawanna and their children, Gene and Linda. Their grandson, Ben, was a huge part of their lives. Don also was a much-needed mentor for me early in my career at GBA," said GBA President and CEO Joe Brannen. Crafton was one of the organizing directors of the GBA Insurance Trust and served many years as vice chairman. He retired in 2002. Crafton was a World War II veteran serving with distinction as part of the Occupation of Japan. After the war, he began his banking career as a bookkeeper and teller, was a state bank examiner and later worked with banks in Dublin, Hawkinsville, Pineview, eventually returning to Dublin in 1980 as President, CEO and Director of Morris State Bank.


New Servicing Standards Draw CFPB Spotlight

Effective implementation of the new mortgage servicing rules that went into effect last month has the full attention of the CFPB. The bureau's Deputy Director Steve Antonakes outlined the special attention it is paying to servicing to a trade group in Orlando this week. Read a summary and link to Antonakes' full message here...


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GBA's Two-Part Seminar: HMDA and CRA Workshop + Fair Lending Feb. 25

As you can see above, with the new mortgage rules in place there will be a lot of scrutiny on a variety of lending areas. Stay ahead of the curve from a HMDA, CRA and Fair Lending perspective by attending our Feb. 25 two-part workshop led by Steve Moore of Bank Compliance Services, Avondale Estates. Get a few more details and sign up to join us today...


Marketing Committee Plans In-Person Peer Groups

GBA's Marketing Committee met this week to discuss ideas for bank marketing training and development programs for the coming year. Chaired by Renee White, First Landmark Bank, Marietta, the committee is working toward a schedule that includes twice-yearly peer group meetings and an annual conference. The dates and locations are still to be determined, so stay tuned. Among the variety of topics the committee identified as priorities for bank marketers were better leveraging the uses of various social media channels, the importance of understanding the rapid consumer adoption of mobile devices for basic transactions and content marketing techniques that give customers practical "how-to" information.


Attention Rural Lenders: Peanut Commission
to Host Farm Bill Webinar Feb. 24

The Georgia Peanut Commission will broadcast a webinar on Feb. 24 at 10:30 a.m. to answer questions about the Farm Bill. Peanut farmers and lenders to those agribusinesses are encouraged to attend at one of many locations to learn more about the specifics contained in the farm bill concerning peanuts for the 2014 growing season. Find out how to participate in the Peanut Commission's Farm Bill webinar here...


Calendar Alert: GBA's Rural Lending and Development Conference is May 16-17 at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott. Look for an agenda soon, but you can go ahead and register now if you like. Register here.


Promote America Saves Week Feb. 24-March 1

Please join us next week in promoting America Saves Week. GBA and member banks are uniquely positioned to help Georgians set savings goals and establish family financial stability. The FDIC has a great suite of resources available to you as you talk to customers next week. There are also resources available about savings in GBA's Consumer Toolbox section of our website. And, as you promote savings through your social media channels, we'll look to connect to them through our GBA Twitter feed and Facebook page to boost the power of our common connections.


Consumer Borrowing Rises, Signaling More Confidence in Economy

Stabilized housing, improving employment conditions, gains in the stock market and continued low interest rates led consumers in the fourth quarter of 2013 to increase household borrowing significantly. Household debt, which includes mortgages, credit cards, auto loans and student loans, jumped $241 billion between October and December to $11.52 trillion, according to statistics from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. It was the biggest jump in borrowing over one quarter since the third quarter of 2007. The consumer behavior behind the increase is a signal that Americans are finally feeling confident enough in their finances and the economic recovery to borrow again, said several press reports about the statistics.


Exhibit Honoring Georgia's Fallen Veterans on Tour

There's a touching exhibit that was on display at the state Capitol office complex recently that is now traveling the state we want to let you know about. The Remembering our Fallen exhibit pays tribute to and recognizes the sacrifices made by 196 Georgia sons and daughters in service to the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan. The current Georgia tour schedule is here. The Heritage Bank, Hinesville, is co-sponsoring the exhibit's stop in its hometown along with another local business. Those interested in more information about how to bring the exhibit to your community can contact the exhibit's Georgia representative, Dan Williams, 402.885.0061.


Record High Hit for 401(k) Balances

The stock market's surging performance in 2013 boosted average
401(k) balances to a record high of $89,300, according to a report by Fidelity Investments covered by
CNNMoney. That's up 15.5 percent from the 2012 average. People on the verge of retirement, ages 55 to 64 years old, saw their nest eggs grow to an average balance of $165,200 from $143,300 in 2012, Fidelity said. The Fidelity report points out that many may not be saving enough for retirement and are putting their savings at risk by cashing out 401(k) plans when they leave a job, rather than rolling them over into a new 401(k) or an IRA. Participants in GBA Retirement Services are in good hands. Find out more about that program here...


Call Report Review & Update Video Webcast Coming Feb. 27

Recent and proposed changes to the Call Report have produced many questions. This webcast is your chance to get them answered. The webcast provides an in-depth review of the revisions, schedules and more complex issues you'll need as you complete your call report going forward. Participants will learn what has changed and how to report accurately. Find out more about this great web session and sign up today...


New Date: IRA Basics Seminar March 19

Take advantage of the opportunity to learn everything from A to Z about IRAs during this popular annual seminar. Included with the cost of the seminar, each attendee will receive the 225-page IRA Training and Reference Manual, otherwise known as the "IRA Survival Guide" or the "Red Book." Designed for new account representatives, certificate of deposit personnel and any officer/manager who oversees the IRA department, the seminar will be led by Patrice Konarik of Sunwest Training Corp. in Gilchrist, TX. This comprehensive workshop will provide you with a complete understanding of the IRA as well as a review of significant proposed changes. The one-day seminar will be March 19 at Idle Hour Country Club in Macon starting at 9 a.m. For information or to register, please click here. With questions, contact GBA's Danielle Driggers at 404.420.2002.


Compliance Peer Group Meeting March 25

Compliance Management, UDAAP and New Flood Rules

The next GBA Compliance Peer Group Meeting is March 25 at Idle Hour Country Club in Macon from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. We have two speakers for this event. Brad Washburn with Steve H. Powell and Company will discuss new flood rules and Harriett Price, also with Steve H. Powell and Company, will cover UDAAP and tips for complying with updated guidelines. Thanks to GBA's Compliance Committee for planning the program. Sandra Chastain, Private Bank of Buckhead, Atlanta is the committee chair. Click here to learn more and to register or contact Alison Moreau, 404.420.2034.


Regulatory Panel Scheduled for Southeast Georgia Community Bank Symposium April 3

Don't miss the opportunity to ask Regulators questions at the Southeast Georgia Community Bank Symposium slated for April 3 at Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro. Commissioner Kevin Hagler, Georgia Department of Banking and Finance; Tom Dujenski, regional director, FDIC; and Michael Johnson, senior vice president, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, will be on hand to provide an update and answer questions. Get more details about the upcoming Symposium and access a registration link here...


Key GBA Event Reminders

HMDA and CRA Workshop + Fair Lending

Feb. 25

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Operations & Technology Conference

March 5 - 6

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Loan Documentation

March 13

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Southeastern Community Bank Symposium

April 3

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Bank Security Conference

April 10-11

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Georgia Banking School

May 4 - 9

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Southern Operations & Technology School

May 4 - 9

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2014 Annual Meeting

June 15 - 18

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Click here to read about the latest good works by various GBA members. We want to share all that GBA members do to support their communities. Submit your community information to Bo Brannen and David Oliver.

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Please remember to include the Georgia Bankers Association on the list of recipients for announcements about promotions, new employees and special recognition your bank has received. We want to share your news with your colleagues across the state. Please forward your announcements and photos to GBA's David Oliver and Bogan Brannen.



HMDA, CRA & Fair Lending Workshop

Feb. 25


Call Report Review & Update Webinar
Feb. 27

Operations & Technology Conference
March 5 - 6

Loan Documentation Seminar
March 13

Compliance Peer Group
March 25


Bank Security Conference
April 10 - 11

Georgia Banking School
May 4 - 9

Southern Operations & Technology School
May 4 - 9

2014 Annual Meeting
June 15 -18
White Sulphur Springs, WV


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