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Holiday Schedules, Office and Courthouse Closures
  • January 12:
     Courthouses will be closed for Lee-Jackson Day.
  • January 15: Courthouses and Bankers Title Shenandoah will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Please remember to allow additional days for title searches to be completed, and schedule closings accordingly.
How to be a Better Leader in 2018!
by John Pettit
As we flip the calendar on another year, it's time to think about starting a new year, and what we can do better. For all of you leaders out there, that means becoming the best leader you can be. Click HERE to learn some ways you can be a better leader in 2018.

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2018 Regulatory Changes Your Bank Should
Be Watching
by Sarah Lutz
As we so often do at the turn of a calendar year, we're taking a look at some of the regulatory changes that stand to have the biggest impact on the economy in general and community banks in particular in 2018.
  • The Promise and Effort of Friendlier Tax Legislation
  • A Leadership Change Timeline
  • Softer Regulatory Scrutiny
Click  HERE  to learn more.

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David Stevens: Here's the MBA View on
GSE Reform
What to do about Fannie, Freddie, and even Ginnie
by David Stevens, President & CEO, MBA
I read with great interest [recently] various stories in the media that focused on House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling's comments regarding the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

These stories, along with those reporting that Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. and Mark Warner, D-Virginia, have circulated GSE reform language to their Senate colleagues, gives me great hope that Congress is about to act on reforming the secondary mortgage market.

There is, however, one piece of the conversation that concerns me - the idea that the mortgage market could best be served by a system that entails revising the current charter of Ginnie Mae and allowing a new Ginnie Mae to apply its guarantee to private sector mortgages. Though an interesting concept, MBA and its members don't believe this would be the best approach.

Click  HERE  to read this article in its entirety.
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Why SMB Lending Equals Smart Money
for Banks 
by Chance Castellucio
Growth remains a universal, timeless goal for financial institutions and many pursue loan growth to offset rising compliance costs and maintain profits. Yet those loans also undergo constant examiner scrutiny, meaning banks must employ prudent underwriting and review strategies.

That noted, one strategy works toward both a bank's growth goals and risk management requirements: lending to quality, small-to-medium sized businesses, or SMB lending.  Click  HERE to learn more.

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How to Worry Better
by Kristin Wong
As someone whose anxiety often keeps her up at night, I've never once thought that all that worrying could be good for me. If you tried to tell me otherwise, I'd probably just roll my eyes at you, then worry about hurting your feelings.

But hear me out, fellow worriers: I was wrong. Unsettling and fearful thoughts aren't always a bad thing. In a  study published earlier this year in Social & Personal Psychological Compass, the authors argue that worry can be "an emotional buffer by providing a desirable contrast to subsequent affective reactions." In other words, when we worry about something terrible happening, however unpleasant, it prepares us for whatever follows, making the situation seem not so bad.   Click  HERE  to learn more.

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