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     A Bi-Weekly News Bulletin for CBAI Members                     October 2, 2013 Graphic
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  • CDD Annual Fall Meeting To Be Held October 22
  • Baker Market Update - Fed Maintains $85B of Bond Purchases; Most Fed Officials Still See 1st Rate Increase
  • KASASA Ad 15 - “Tuesday Promotion”
  • FDIC Consumer Newsletter Features Tips for Seniors
  • New Classified Ads Posted on CBAI Web Site
  • CFO Conference to be Held October 7 & 8
  • IT Update: Is Your Data Really Safe? Scheduled for October 9 & 10
  • Women in Community Banking Conference Set for November 19


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    CDD Annual Fall Meeting To Be Held October 22

    The
    CDD Annual Fall Meeting, scheduled for October 22, 2013, at the Marriott Hotel Pere Marquette, Peoria, is geared toward honing professional and banking skills. In addition to the educational offerings, this year's meeting includes an excellent networking opportunity at the hotel the evening of October 21; entertainment for the evening is "Coole 2 Duel” a dueling-piano show. The Fall Meeting begins with the popular Networking Session, a roundtable discussion among bankers sharing job responsibilities. This event is followed by a Legislative Update by CBAI's Kraig Lounsberry. Elaine Hand then presents the general session entitled, “Lead Out Loud: Learning to Lead Within the Comforts of Your Personality Style.” Following the Business Meeting Luncheon, the afternoon agenda features breakout sessions and a second Networking Session with roundtable discussions on a variety of topics. The Fall Meeting concludes with a second general session again with Elaine Hand.

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    Baker Market Update - Fed Maintains $85B of Bond Purchases; Most Fed Officials Still See 1st Rate Increase

    Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in July suggests that economic activity has been expanding at a moderate pace. Some indicators of labor market conditions have shown further improvement in recent months, but the unemployment rate remains elevated. Household spending and business fixed investment advanced, and the housing sector has been strengthening, but mortgage rates have risen further and fiscal policy is restraining economic growth. Apart from fluctuations due to changes in energy prices, inflation has been running below the Committee's longer-run objective, but longer-term inflation expectations have remained stable.
    See Baker Market Update.

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    KASASA Ad 15 - “My ATM”

    It’s not hard to find an ATM. But finding an ATM that won’t charge you a fee, especially when you’re far away from your local community bank? Now that can be a challenge. Kasasa’s “My ATM” radio ad offers a look at the frustration account holders face when trying to do simple everyday banking activities – like withdrawing cash, without having to pay for it. Free Kasasa checking accounts let account holders make any ATM their ATM, nationwide. So whether at home or across the country, there’s no need to search for a free ATM. Or match up an actual ATM to right ATM network logo. Nationwide refunds on ATM fees are just one way Kasasa accounts make checking easier for your account holders. Plus, customers can choose from other meaningful rewards – like really high interest, cash back, iTunes® and Amazon® refunds, and more. Or even add high-paying, automatic savings!
    See Ad.

    Want Kasasa to take your community bank to the next level? Contact Steve Prost via email at steve.prost@bancvue .com, or phone at 847.341.8003. Kasasa is one of the many fine products of BancVue, a CBSC Preferred Marketing Partner.

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    FDIC Consumer Newsletter Features Tips for Seniors

    The summer 2013 issue of
    FDIC Consumer News features a collection of articles that provide financial tips for seniors. Other topics include avoiding wire-transfer scams, new protections for sending money abroad, things to keep in mind when considering adjustable-rate mortgages, basic points about Health Savings Accounts, and help for student-loan borrowers having payment problems. The FDIC encourages financial institutions and others to help make the tips and information in FDIC Consumer News widely available.

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    New Classified Ads Posted on CBAI Web Site

    Several banks have posted new classified ads on CBAI’s web site. There is no charge for this service.
    See New Classifieds.

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    CFO Conference to be Held October 7 & 8

    High-performing financial institutions are those that have learned to effectively manage risk. This
    conference examines a practical approach to risk management that focuses on managing strategic, as well as operational risk. It also discusses managing vendor risk. Managing compliance risk is also covered. This conference presents insights on how banks are organizing, staffing, and implementing cost-effective, risk-based compliance management programs. It also discusses areas of current regulatory focus and the impact of new regulations and increased regulatory scrutiny of the bank's compliance and compliance programs. Finally, managing credit risk is examined. Participants are provided with current information on the credit-risk environment and share credit-risk management lessons learned from failed banks. Leading this seminar is Ken Proctor, director of risk management for Abound Resources.

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    IT Update: Is Your Data Really Safe? Scheduled for October 9 & 10

    How safe is your data? This
    program reveals how and why the continued advancements of technology have created security nightmares for financial institutions. Examples of disaster recovery, cyber security, and vulnerability cases are reviewed to show various lapses in coverage and how to prevent the same problems from arising in banks in the future. While looking at past examples of disaster-recovery cases, this program analyzes how to develop an effective disaster-recovery plan that includes the challenges that compliance poses. Cyber security is also a concern for every organization. It's not just external sources that are putting the security of your organization at risk; IT resources are moving outside the firewall, and as your enterprise distributes applications and data across more devices, it has become ever more critical that you extend security protection beyond the perimeter. Leading this seminar is Jim Kellenberger, with LRS IT Solutions, who specializes in system z and storage systems disks, tape, and business continuity plans, and Michael Monticello, who serves as IBM security services threat research and intelligence principal.

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    Women in Community Banking Conference Set for November 19

    Mark your calendar today for CBAI’s seventh annual
    Women in Community Banking Conference on Tuesday, November 19, at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. Highlighting the conference is motivational speaker and comedienne Kelly Swanson, who will present two keynotes, Who Hijacked My Fairytale? and Stand Up and Stick Out in a Crowded Market. This conference helps restore your passion for work and home and find a renewed sense of purpose. You learn how to set yourself apart from the competition, motivate yourself to deal with stress and change, inspire others to form stronger teams, and much more! Other conference highlights include a social event on Monday evening, a mini-exposition featuring the latest products and services, and networking luncheon by area of banking. Don't miss this opportunity for invaluable networking, powerful information, and a great career move. Not only do you benefit both personally and professionally, you leave this conference motivated, energized, and inspired!

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