ABA Banking Journal - March 2011 - (Page 21)

tech topics    |   shared processing Can a shared back shop stem rising costs? There are successes, but many question the practicality of such alliances By Steve COCheO, exeCUtIve edItOR W hile the impact of the financial crisis and the recession haven’t been as severe in Texas as elsewhere in the country, Mark Long faces many of the same expenses that bankers all over the country face. And like many community bankers, he’s wondered if there might not be strength in numbers and savings in cooperation. “I’ve talked to several bankers in our area about putting together consortiums,” says Long, president and CEO at $108.6 million-assets First Commercial Bank N.A., Seguin. Long wonders if getting a couple of banks together might be a way to save money on information technology and compliance. This thinking was prompted in part by the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, with all the regulations it will spawn. Long says it’s very early, but he found the CEOs he’s spoken with receptive. “They’re interested in at least talking about it,” says Long, “and they wouldn’t have been, two years ago.” Solution needs scrutiny Some state bankers associations already provide compliance services to their members, beyond seminars, and others are known to be looking at the idea. At the Missouri Bankers Association, march 2011 | ABA BANKING JOURNAL | 21

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ABA Banking Journal - March 2011

ABA Banking Journal - March 2011
Contents
Chairman’s View
Editor’s Column
The Economy
Bank Notes
ABA Community Banking: Got the Blues? Try a Little Reinvention
Pass the Aspirin
Tech Topics
Put Your Capital to Work
Still Waiting in the Wings
Compliance Clinic
Compliance Inbox
ABA Resources
Surveys & Trends
First Person

ABA Banking Journal - March 2011

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