Edward Schweers

...highly respected state wide financial institution. In his consulting practice, he had much experience in organizing community banks and the successful sale of banks. He was a leader in the regulatory compliance monitoring systems and strategic planning...

Regulations destroying small banks

Community banks are disappearing, and regulation might...national group's vice chairman. "Community banks make up 95 percent of all U.S. banking...course of the last decade, 1,500 community banks have disappeared." Blanton said the...

US bank earnings decline 7.7 percent in first quarter

...year, with demand for loans growing as new jobs are created, incomes rise and business confidence strengthens.Community banks earned $4.4 billion in the first quarter, the FDIC said, adding a new data category to its quarterly report...

A saner approach to mortgages

...free of onerous Dodd-Frank Act regulations that limit lending options for consumers and smaller lenders, such as community banks and credit unions.Senior policy analyst John Ligon with the Heritage Foundation think tank calls the PATH Act...

Report shows community banks' growth

...show Wachovia Bank is still the Augusta area's largest bank by far, but its market share was diluted as smaller community banks continued to grow faster. The report showed Wachovia boasted $1.72 billion in deposits in the Augusta-Aiken...

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Auto dealers, local banks avoid regulation

...fine print.Auto dealers and community banks managed to stay outside the reach...influence of auto dealers and community banks derives from the strength of...most loans for auto buyers. Community banks account for more than 98 percent...

Augusta banks see increases

Two community banks reported big income growth during 1999, another indicator small banks...building momentum in the Augusta market. The largest of the region's community banks, Georgia Bank & Trust Co., reported net income of $4 million during...

Understanding TARP

...federal infusion of capital, many community banks -- including two in the area...repaid the government, many community banks have not.And that's a decision...Eventually, Plath said, the community banks will have to repay the government...

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Local banks report earnings increases

Georgia Bank & Trust Co. and People's Community Bank, two community banks with local headquarters, both reported strong second-quarter earnings. Augusta-based Georgia Bank & Trust, the metro area's...

Experts say consolidation in the banking industry isn't over

...while creating opportunities for community banks to steal customers away. Once...spur activity," Balkind said. Community banks, meanwhile, should be able...This isn't a negative for community banks." Still, Guenther worries...