What’s fueling Citizens’ westward expansion


The Providence, R.I., bank recently installed a new regional head in California to oversee a commercial banking expansion into five western states. The bank says it’s trying to craft a successful growth strategy while reassuring investors it isn’t overreaching.


It was a slow month for M&A until ...


Consolidation activity was ho-hum for most of April before a burst of transactions — and notable ones at that — were announced in the month's final week.


Glacier to enter Nevada with latest bank acquisition


The Montana company agreed to buy Heritage Bancorp for $241 million.


Two new Republicans added to Senate Banking Committee


Sens. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and Martha McSally, R-Ariz., will fill the two GOP vacancies in the new Congress.


National loan servicer applies to form a bank


AmeriNational Community Services plans to form an industrial bank in Nevada.


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.


Four de novo organizers settle on their banks' names


A group in North Carolina has finally gone public with its brand, and three other de novos have already been rebranded.


Even with reg relief, community bankers worried about future


While optimistic about the economy, bankers at this year's ICBA convention are still concerned about credit unions and other nonbanks, the role of technology, weakness in the agricultural sector and succession planning.


Where small banks can raise their 'very powerful' voice next


With substantial regulatory relief within reach, community bankers should use their clout to shape cybersecurity policy and ensure a level playing field for banks and nonbanks, retiring ICBA chief Cam Fine says.


Las Vegas provides blueprint for small-bank resurgence


Its small, locally owned banks were as decimated after the crisis as in any big city. But community bankers say changes to the economy and their lending practices offer them a shot at challenging the big banks that dominate their market.