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Realtors, bankers aim to repeal Kansas mortgage registration fee

Since 1925, the rule in Kansas has been if you buy property on a mortgage, you pay to have it recorded by the county.

Examiners to scrutinize banks that offer ‘deposit advance’ products

Two federal bank regulators on Thursday said their examiners will be looking more closely at banks that offer products that resemble payday loans.

Name change for Southwest Bancorp’s banks in three states now official

Mark Funke wants people to think of his bank’s new name as a verb, as a call to action.

Banks seeking ways to increase fee income

Fee income has become a bigger buzzword in the banking industry as banks of all sizes continue to wrestle with the effects of a persistently low-interest-rate environment and a prolonged period of tepid loan demand.

Wells Fargo creates new region that includes Kansas, names leader

Wells Fargo said Tuesday it has named an executive to oversee a newly created region that includes Kansas.

Moody’s downgrades long-term rating of Intrust, holding company

Moody’s Investor Service has downgraded the long-term ratings of Intrust Bank and its holding company, Intrust Financial Corp.

Bank branches fewer, but major decline isn’t forecast

After peaking at 99,550 branches across the country in 2009, the banking industry has pulled back on the number of bricks-and-mortar offices it operates, an SNL Financial report released this month said.

Okla. banking company to acquire Kansas wealth management firm

BOK Financial will grow its Wichita presence a little following the Tulsa-based bank holding company’s agreement to acquire Gtrust Financial Corp.

Bank of Kansas to become Bank SNB

At the close of business on Nov. 15, the Bank of Kansas will get a new name.

Report: Area banks’ deposits growing more slowly in 2013

A federal regulator’s report on bank market share in the Wichita area released Monday shows little change among the top 10 banks’ share of deposits and slower year-over-year growth in total area deposits.

Economist: Car loans to lead growth for credit unions

The top economist of a federal credit union regulator said Wednesday that there are challenges and opportunities ahead for credit unions’ loan portfolios.

Intrust finishing renovation phase on historic El Dorado building

Intrust Bank is wrapping up the first phase of the renovation of a more-than-a-century-old building it occupies in the center of El Dorado.

Rising interest rates slowing banks’ portfolios

Increasing interest rates are affecting banks’ investment portfolios and are slowing – in some cases, postponing – their sale, according to bank consultants.

Citizens Bank to convert Western Credit offices to Citizens branches

Citizens Bank of Kansas on Monday will open its Western Credit consumer finance offices – including one in Wichita – as branches of the $217 million bank.

Report: loans, assets up for Kansas credit unions in second quarter

Kansas-based credit unions increased their assets and loans in the second quarter of 2013, according to a report this week from their regulator.

FDIC: Area banks’ profitability slightly better in second quarter

Second-quarter 2013 data released Thursday by a federal bank regulator shows that the number of area banks with a high key financial performance measure edged up while the number of unprofitable banks fell by one.

Bank of America job brings Wichita banker ‘back where I started’

Drayton Alldritt has returned to the place that shaped him into a banker.

Former BofA exec to lead Sunflower Bank in Wichita

Sunflower Bank said Wednesday it has named a former Bank of America executive as its Wichita market president.

FDIC urges urge banks to prepare for eventual effects of higher interest rates

Sooner or later, interest rates will rise.

Equity bank plans to invest in Bank of Blue Valley

Equity Bancshares Inc. in Wichita will bid on part but not all of the U.S. Treasury’s investment in the company that owns the Bank of Blue Valley.

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