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Report: Fewer bank, credit union branches to come

The number of bank and credit union branches across the country will contract by more than a third over the next decade, according to a recent report

Kingman bank looks to merge its consumer finance business

Citizens Bank of Kansas hopes to roll a consumer finance business — and its sister company — into the bank later this year.

UMB rethinking branch banking through pilot program

UMB Financial Corp. is piloting a new branch concept as part of a broader effort to position its branch banking for the future.

More Kansas banks looking to convert to state charters

While the actual number is by no means huge, the number of Kansas-headquartered banks seeking to convert their charters from national to state is as high through April as it was in all of 2012.

Wells Fargo to move commercial banking team downtown

Wells Fargo is moving its newly formed commercial banking team downtown.

Report: Simmons First an active bidder for banks that have failed

Simmons First National Bank is one of the nation’s most active bidders on banks that have failed, according to a report released Friday.

Report: Credit Union of America 20th best-performing credit union in country

Credit Union of America is one of the nation’s best-performing credit unions.

Commerce Bank names new commercial banking leader for Wichita

When Doug Neff joined Commerce Bank’s Wichita region as its commercial banking leader, he was 34.

Former Sunflower Bank exec joins Emprise

Jim Faith’s move to Emprise Bank reunites the banking executive with some of the people he worked for and with in his first job in Wichita nearly 30 years ago.

COO Jay Smith named Intrust Bank’s new president

Intrust Bank has named its longtime chief operating officer, Jay Smith, as its new president.

CrossFirst Bank to begin construction on Wichita building in June

CrossFirst Bank, the Leawood-based bank co-founded by former Bank IV and Intrust executive Ron Baldwin, announced plans Wednesday for its first Wichita building – one that’s much larger than a typical branch bank.

Kansas residential bank loans rose in 2012, reports FDIC

Kansas bank loan concentrations increased in 2012 in residential real estate and multi-family, or apartments, but decreased in commercial and industrial and commercial real estate, according to a Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. report.

4 commercial bankers join Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo is ramping up its commercial banking business in Wichita with the hiring of four commercial banking veterans.

With new hire, Simmons First hopes to boost commercial lending

Simmons First National Bank, the $1.9 billion Arkansas-based bank that took over the failed Security Savings Bank nearly three years ago, is stepping up its commercial banking business with the hiring of a second commercial lender.

Kansas credit unions’ loans, assets increase in 2012

The regulator of Kansas-chartered credit unions acknowledged Monday that it was another strong year for the state cooperatives, with total loans and assets increasing in 2012.

New CEO Nastars wants to take Meritrust Credit Union to ‘the next level’

On a small conference table in James Nastars’ office sit more than half a dozen individually decorated plastic boxes.

Wichitan’s retirement highlights growing trend in the credit union industry

After 38 years in the credit union industry – 19 of them as president of Wichita Federal Credit Union – Wayne Warfel will retire May 31.

Banks in better shape, KC Fed official says, but earnings are a concern

An official from the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank told a group of area bankers Wednesday that the Fed thinks the industry is in much better shape, but its examiners are concerned about long-term bank earnings.

Credit union industry posts record earnings, crosses $1 trillion in combined assets

Credit union earnings reached an all-time high in 2012, the National Credit Union Administration reported Friday.

Bank of America will close Newton branch in June

Bank of America confirmed Thursday that its lone branch in Newton is slated to be closed.

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