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AMERICAN BANKERS ASSOCIATION At Your Service with Mike Hunter ABA Chief Operating Officer ABABJ: ABA has provided every lawmaker on Capitol Hill with a copy of the Business of Banking: What every Policy Maker needs to know. What’s the goal of this publication? Mike Hunter: An important part of our advocacy for banks is to educate policymakers about banks. That’s why we assembled a team of ABA experts, led by Jan Bauer in the Office of the Chief Economist, to develop this new resource. The 72-page guide, which is available for bankers to download at aba.com/businessofbanking, explains how banks convert customer deposits and other funds to loans that help businesses and communities grow. ABABJ: What additional steps is ABA taking? MH: We want to continue to educate policymakers on the positive role banks play in their communities and the economy. We are preparing a guide to 2013 legislative issues, organizing a “freshman fly-in” to build strong relationships between bankers and new members of Congress, and encouraging bankers to attend the ABA Government Relations Summit, April 15-17 in Washington. Questions? E-mail Mike at mhunter@ aba.com. coMMunicAtions ABA Publishes Free communications Guide on Banking issues The 2012 edition of ABA’s Communications Guide to the Nation’s Banking Issues is now available. This bank-members-only resource provides talking points and supporting data on a wide range of topics, from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and mobile banking to fair value accounting and the Volcker Rule. It also offers tips on how to prepare for and give effective interviews. The guide was prepared by ABA experts and the public relations staff, which last year fielded more than 2,700 media calls on behalf of the banking industry. To download the members-only guide, go to the “Communications Tools” section of aba.com. n Growth slow in early 2013 5% ABA Economic Advisory Committee calls for slow growth in early 2013, recovering to 2.6% by the fourth quarter ABA’s economic Advisory committee Forecast 4% real GdP Growth in the know Products & services Banks share $1.1 Million in Profit distributions from ABA insurance Program ABA member banks insured through the ABA Insurance Services Program are sharing $1.1 million in profit distributions from American Bankers Mutual Insurance Ltd., the program’s reinsurer. ABMIL has distributed $77.9 million to program participants since 1991. The program provides community banks with directors and officers liability, financial institution bond, internet banking liability, employment practices liability and other insurance products. “It is gratifying that ABA Insurance Services, with American Bankers Mutual Insurance standing behind it, continues to be a reliable and affordable source of missioncritical insurance for our community bank members,” ABA President and CEO Frank Keating said. “The distribution is an appreciated benefit to our participating members, especially in these difficult economic times.” To learn more about the ABA Insurance Program, go to www.aba.com/CAB. n 3.1% 3% 2.6% 2% 1.3% 1% 0% 2011 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 48 | ABA BANKING JOURNAL | february 2013 2012 2013 http://www.aba.com/CAB http://www.aba.com http://www.aba.com/businessofbanking

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ABA Banking Journal - February 2013

ABA Banking Journal - February 2013
Contents
Chairman’s View
Editor’s Column
The Economy
Bank Notes
Picture This
“I’m not just a banker anymore”
Pass the Aspirin
Tech Topics
High-energy banker—a tale of four cities
What’s in it for the customer?
Wealth management goes holistic
Compliance Inbox
ABA At Your Service
Legal Issues
First Person

ABA Banking Journal - February 2013

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