How working with Freddie could boost one bank's profit


First Foundation sold loans to Freddie Mac to free up space for higher-yielding credits. It then bought the securities that were formed to replace other, lower-yielding assets through an often overlooked program.


Terminated bank deal in Texas takes nasty turn


Hanmi Financial wants SWNB in Houston to pay a termination fee, citing "material breaches" of covenants tied to their now-defunct merger agreement.


Why this fintech pulled its FDIC charter application


Colin Walsh, Varo Money's CEO, learned a lot from his first stab at deposit insurance. Lesson one: Work with one regulator at a time.


California Gov. Brown should sign new bill to protect small businesses


The legislation would help small-business owners better evaluate financing options by requiring updated disclosures.


Gov. Brown should veto California’s small-business lending bill


The legislation, which creates new disclosure standards for financing costs, could hamstring commercial lenders that offer revolving credit facilities.


PacWest to enter northern Calif. with El Dorado Savings purchase


The Los Angeles company will also gain its first branches in Nevada after completing the $467 million acquisition.


After merger goes sideways, two banks explore alternatives


Hanmi thought it was all set to buy SWNB in Houston, but the seller was unable to secure enough shareholder votes to back the deal.


BofI in Calif. to rebrand its bank, most products


The decision to adopt the name Axos Bank seems to put more distance between the company and its Internet roots.


Hanmi tweaks offer for Houston bank


Hanmi Financial in Los Angeles will pay more of the deal price in cash, prompting SWNB Bancorp to postpone its shareholder vote.


Capital raise to pay off debt for California BanCorp


The Oakland bank has raised $25 million through a private placement of common stock.