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.


Why 'WaFd'? To avoid being seen as a credit union


When Washington Federal last rebranded, it was to signal its shift from a savings and loan association to a commercial bank. This time around, it's to reflect geographic diversity and its desire to be viewed as a bank.


Columbia Banking System will promote Clint Stein to CEO


The transition to Stein from Hadley Robbins is the result of a multiyear succession process, the Tacoma, Wash., company said. Robbins had succeeded the late Melanie Dressel.


Sandy Spring to buy Revere Bank


The company will add nearly a dozen branches in the Maryland suburbs of Washington.


Washington Federal changes its bank's name


The Seattle company rebranded as WaFd Bank to address confusion that it might have ties to the federal government.


1st Security's first impression of Anchor was lasting


The two banks' strong chemistry helped 1st Security's integration of Anchor go smoothly.


Banner deepens ties to California with AltaPacific acquisition


The Washington company will have more than $1 billion in assets in southern California when the $87 million deal closes.


HomeStreet to buy out its loudest critic


The activist investor Blue Lion Capital, which had pushed for HomeStreet's sale, is selling all of its stock to the Seattle company.


HomeStreet prevails in battle with activist investor


All of the Seattle company's directors, including CEO Mark Mason, were backed by shareholders despite a challenge by Blue Lion Partners.


What ruling on noncompete clauses means for banks — and job hunters


It just got harder for banks in Georgia to enforce noncompete agreements in employee contracts. For employees of two merging banks, BB&T and SunTrust, the timing couldn’t be better.