ABA: Statement on CFPB Small Business Data Collection Rule Released

“America’s banks oppose discrimination in any form and support enforcement of fair lending laws and the goals of Section 1071. Banks of all sizes have a long history of lending to creditworthy small businesses across the country, and ABA supports bank efforts to lend to underserved small businesses. “While today’s final […]

ABA: Foundation Accepting Donations to Support Mississippi Tornado Relief Efforts; ABA to Contribute $50K

At the request of the Mississippi Bankers Association, the ABA Foundation will activate its online disaster relief fundraising platform to support relief efforts in the state after the severe storms  The American Bankers Association Foundation today announced it will start collecting tax-exempt contributions through its Disaster Relief Program to help aid relief […]

ABA: Credit Card Market Continued to Normalize in Third Quarter 2022

Consumers continued to effectively manage their credit obligations despite economic headwinds in the third quarter of 2022, according to the American Bankers Association’s latest quarterly Credit Card Market Monitor. The report found that the effective finance charge yield (which measures interest payments relative to total outstanding credit) increased, reflecting the […]

ABA: New Report Shows Farm Bank Lending Increased in 2022

Banks reported holding over 1.1 million small farm loans worth $69 billion. Despite headwinds in 2022 due to supply chain disruptions, shocks to supply and demand, volatility in commodity prices, and geopolitical uncertainty, agricultural lending by U.S. farm banks increased 8.1% in 2022 to $103.1 billion, according to the American […]

ABA: New Webpage Launched Highlighting Programs Designed to Improve Access to Capital for Underserved Small Businesses

The American Bankers Association today launched a new webpage providing information on special purpose credit programs (SPCPs) and highlighting the role they can play in meeting the credit needs of economically disadvantaged small businesses. In support of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s Project REACh, ABA is making this online resource […]

ABA: Association Offers Congressional Testimony on Strength of Banking Industry

FirstBank CEO Jim Reuter appears on behalf of ABA members before House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Monetary Policy The American Bankers Association today provided testimony to the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Monetary Policy on the banking industry’s public policy priorities, new initiatives to foster innovation […]

ABA: Bank Economists Expect Credit Conditions to Weaken over Next Six Months as Inflation Moderates

Bank economists expect credit conditions to soften over the next six months as the economy slows and the Federal Reserve considers additional steps to rein in inflation, according to the American Bankers Association’s latest Credit Conditions Index released today.  The latest report finds slightly less pessimistic near-term expectations for business […]

ABA: Foundation Launches 2023 Financial Education Campaigns, Three-Year Initiative to Reach 5 Million Americans

The theme for this year’s campaigns is ‘Protecting Your Financial Future’ The American Bankers Association Foundation today launched its 2023 financial education campaigns, calling on America’s banks and their more than two million employees to participate in these important industry programs and help more consumers achieve long-term financial stability. It […]

ABA: Bank Economists See Inflation Moderating as Growth Stalls in 2023

Weakening consumer and business spending, and improving supply chains, will support the Federal Reserve’s efforts to drive inflation lower this year and next toward its 2% target, according to the latest forecast of the American Bankers Association’s Economic Advisory Committee. The committee, comprised of 15 chief economists from some of […]