This week's editors' picks include a feature on a new proposed community bank leverage ratio rule, and an analysis on the performance of U.S. bank stocks in 2018.
As bank M&A closing time drops, some CRA concerns rise
The new regulatory review process has helped reduce closing time for bank M&A. However, community groups are worried that efforts to speed up approvals will lessen the impact of any protests from community groups on deals with concerns on Community Reinvestment Act.
Regulators offer community banks relief, but not all will bite
A new proposed "community bank leverage ratio" could simplify reporting for certain U.S. institutions with under $10 billion in assets, but not all banks will take advantage of the option.
US bank stocks set for worst year since 2011
Following a hard time for bank stocks during the second half of 2018, analysts remain cautious for 2019 with some fearing that the Federal Reserve is raising interest rates "too aggressively."
The year without a bank failure
For the first time in more than a decade, regulators closed no U.S. banks in 2018, reflecting the banking industry's high capital levels and credit quality.
Large M&A deals sailed through a stormy 2018
Buyers kept pursuing megadeals despite a wave of market volatility in 2018. S&P Global Market Intelligence data showed that companies announced 103 deals globally with a transaction value of at least $5 billion last year.