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Federal regulations cut into profits, say community bank leaders (access required)

New banking regulations stemming from post-recession federal banking reforms could reduce lending and cut into bank profits, say Idaho community bank presidents. Smaller banks will have to increase staff to keep up with new rules. Those employees will add to ...

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More firms choosing captive insurance

Facing high insurance rates and expanding coverage gaps, businesses are forming internal insurance companies with just one client: themselves. Affordable Care Act mandates and difficulty obtaining hurricane insurance are among the factors behind the recent push toward captive insurance, in ...

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Home Fed merging with Bank of the Cascades, not Banner (access required)

A month after agreeing to merge with Banner Bank, Nampa-based Home Federal Bank is now set to merge with Bank of the Cascades, creating a combined bank with $2.4 billion assets in Oregon and Idaho. The deal with Bank of ...

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Financial institutions partnering to make fewer people ‘unbanked’ (access required)

Ten Idaho banks and credit unions will soon start offering classes that could help people who can’t get a checking account no longer be “unbanked.” The Bank On program, which launched in August in partnership with the United Way of ...

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Banks court customers who like social media (access required)

The banking industry has improved its social media presence in recent years and banks are now in a better position to reach more of their key demographic customers – young, affluent males, according to a recent Gallup survey. But right now, ...

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A word with Don Bush: ‘How do you stop fraud on the Internet?’ (access required)

Don Bush of Kount

Don Bush is the vice president of marketing for Kount, a Boise company that helps retailers manage their exposure to fraud. Bush, 50, is helping manage international expansion for Kount, and he spends much of his time flying around the ...

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San Francisco Fed president: Debt ceiling talk a dangerous game (access required)

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President and CEO John C. Williams told a crowd of lawmakers and business leaders in Boise that while the current government shutdown is affecting the U.S. economy, a potential default on the federal government’s ...

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Idaho is nation’s biggest user of Treasury-backed lending program (access required)

Idaho banks and small businesses have used all $13.2 million the state received from the U.S. Treasury for a lending program that lowers the amount of collateral that businesses need for a loan. But the Idaho Housing and Finance Association ...

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Banner Bank buying Home Federal (access required)

Banner Bank is buying Nampa-based Home Federal Bank in a deal with a $197 million aggregate value. Combined, the bank will have $5.2 billion in deposits across Idaho, Oregon and Washington, making it the fourth-largest bank based in the Northwest. ...

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