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December

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New rules on customer due diligence

Abstract: As a result of an action in May 2016 by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), financial institutions will be required to verify the identities of the beneficial owners of their legal-entity customers when the owners open new accounts. This article answers some questions regarding the new due diligence rules, such as which institutions … Continued

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December

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Bank Wire: Beware of UDAAP

Abstract: This summary of recent developments in banking looks at how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been cracking down on banking practices it views as unlawful under the Dodd-Frank Act’s regulations on unfair, deceptive or abusive acts or practices. In addition, the article cites the evidence supporting use of a fraud hotline and explains … Continued

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December

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Don’t compare apples to oranges

Abstract: Borrowers’ accounting practices can vary widely. An accounting tool called “normalizing” can help adjust income statements and balance sheets to compensate for companies’ different accounting methods. Failing to normalize financial statements may result in faulty lending decisions. This article uses some examples to illustrate how normalizing works and the difference it can make in … Continued

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September

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Bank Wire: Overtime Requirements, Cybersecurity, and IT systems

Abstract:   This issue’s “Bank Wire” reports on the DOL’s new overtime requirements, which increase the salary level threshold for white-collar exempt employees and are expected to yield a large impact on financial institutions. It also discusses the FFIEC’s new cybersecurity guidance, which urges financial institutions to review their risk-management practices and controls for IT systems … Continued

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September

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Differences of C corporation and S corporationg financial statements

Abstract:   Most bankers on the business-lending side of operations have a constant stream of customer financial statements passing over their desk (virtual or otherwise) for an evaluation of the borrowers’ creditworthiness. Thus, bankers need to possess enough knowledge about different types of business structures to shine the right spotlight on diverse financial statements. This article … Continued

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