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CBA: In Business to Help its Members Succeed

The California Bankers Association is in business to help its member banks – regardless of their size or specialization – to succeed in California’s dynamic marketplace.


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The California Bankers Association and Beacon Economics Release California Banking Intelligence Report
Report reviews the recent bank lending environment and stock market volatility

Sacramento, Calif. — The California Bankers Association (CBA) and Beacon Economics have released a seventh California banking report that examines important issues currently affecting California’s banks and the overall economy. The report is authored by Chris Thornberg, Ph.D., founding partner, and Jordan Levine, economist and director of economic research, at Beacon Economics. This report analyzes bank lending data for California through the second quarter of 2015, and offers observations on the recent volatility observed in the stock market. Among the report’s key findings:

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CBA Statement: Businesses Serving the Marijuana Industry Are Not Unbanked – They Cannot Be Banked

SACRAMENTO – Today the California Bankers Association, (CBA) released the following statement  regarding last week’s California Board of Equalization (BOE) meeting regarding access to banking services by marijuana-related businesses.

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Rod Brown Opinion Editorial: Now is a good time to fix Dodd-Frank

CBA President and CEO Rodney Brown discusses the fifth anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Act in the Orange County Register and two legislative fixes currently being considered that make several common-sense changes to the law.

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Rod Brown Opinion Editorial: Let’s ‘Celebrate’ Dodd-Frank’s Anniversary by Fixing it

CBA President and CEO Rodney Brown provides commentary on the fifth anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Act – a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s financial regulatory system - in the Contra Costa Times.

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Past CBA Chair Rick Smith Opinion Editorial: Credit unions get unfair tax advantage

Past CBA chairman and TriCounties Bank President & CEO Rick Smith discusses the tax disparity between banks and credit unions in the Sacramento Business Journal.

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Rod Brown Opinion Editorial: Credit Unions: A Tax Break That’s No Longer Justified

CBA President and CEO Rodney Brown discusses the credit union state and federal tax exemption in the Sacramento Bee.

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Tad D. Lowrey Named New Chairman of the California Bankers Association

SACRAMENTO – The California Bankers Association (CBA) today announced that Tad D. Lowrey, chairman of Pacific Western Bank, will serve as the 2015-2016 chairman of the board of directors for California’s largest banking trade association. Lowrey has held leadership positions as chairman, chief executive officer and chief financial officer for several publicly held financial institutions over four decades.

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New California Banking Statistics Available
The most recent banking statistics from the FDIC continue to show increased lending for California headquartered banks

Click to here to review the report based on available data from the FDIC, Federal Reserve and the OCC.

Read last quarter’s report here.

Legislation & Advocacy

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Take Action and Support Efforts to Enact Regulatory Relief

Since it was first introduced, the CBA, alongside our colleagues at the ABA and other state banking associations, have strongly supported Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby’s (R-AL) Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015, which includes a broad range of regulatory relief provisions that amend the Dodd Frank Act (DFA) and several other banking laws.


Legislation & Advocacy

As the largest banking trade association in California, CBA is the voice of the industry when it comes to legislative, regulatory and legal advocacy. Our efforts strive to ensure a free and competitive market among financial service providers, a level playing field with our competitors, and promote financial education that empowers consumers to exercise real choice.