ABA Banking Journal - November 2010 - (Page 12)

bank notes Former ABC World News host Charles Gibson (standing) posed questions to bankers (l to r) McCall Wilson, Kelly King, and Barrie Christman. For the story behind the button, go to http://tinyurl.com/bankerbutton Trading jabs with Charlie Gibson The ABA’s Annual Convention gets a touch of television star power An old adage about dealing with the press is, “Never argue with someone who buys ink by the barrel.” Mixing it up with a former TV news anchor, however, is different, especially when he’s on your turf. Three bankers taking part in a panel moderated by Charles Gibson, the former host of ABC’s World News, showed no compunction about challenging the media star. In a speech that preceded the panel, Gibson cited how various practices, products, and players—interest-only ARMs, collateralized debt obligations, the shadow banking system—had undermined the public’s trust. “Am I right that the American public is losing faith in the banking system?” he asked the panelists. “You’re right—and you’re wrong,” answered Barrie Christman, chairman of Principal Bank, Des Moines, Iowa. The traditional regulated banking industry didn’t cause the problems, said Christman. But “we’ve all been put into the same pot,” she added, “and the American public absolutely has lost confidence in our industry and in us as individuals.” McCall Wilson, on the other hand, told Gibson he disagreed with him. “I don’t think the consumer has lost faith in community banking,” said Wilson, president and CEO, The Bank of Fayette County, Moscow, Tenn. “I think the system as a whole was broken. TARP was passed, it helped stabilized the system, but the media portrayed it in such a negative light that it gave everyone a black eye. But when I walk into our local restaurant, people are glad to see me. Our community believes in us.” 12  |  ABA BANKING JOURNAL  |  november 2010 http://www.tinyurl.com/bankerbutton

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ABA Banking Journal - November 2010

ABA Banking Journal - November 2010
Contents
Chairman’s View
Editor’s Column
The Economy
Bank Notes
ABA Community Banking: Chapter 12’s Bad Fit
Pass the Aspirin
Tech Topics
Capital Squeeze
Basel III Redefines Capital
Compliance Clinic
Compliance Inbox
ABA Resources
Investment Management
Surveys & Trends
First Person

ABA Banking Journal - November 2010

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