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National Charter Conversions to State a One-Way Street

by Gwen Moritz 1/18/2016 12:00 am

Most regulated industries don’t get to choose who regulates them, but, to a limited degree, banks do. And while the door can swing both ways, in reality the traffic has flowed in one direction: converting from national charters to state charters.

Show-Me State Hoosier Mark McFatridge Leads Bear State Financial

by George Waldon 12/7/2015 12:00 am

When Bear State Financial made its first out-of-state acquisition of Metropolitan National Bank of Springfield, Missouri, it didn't find just a merger partner in Mark McFatridge, president and CEO of Metropolitan. It found a new leader for its management team.

Arkansas Bankers Engage in Efficiency Contest

by George Waldon 10/26/2015 12:00 am

The sub-40 percent efficiency ratio, which has grown in profile in the post-2008 finance world, reflects how many pennies it costs a company to make a buck. The average efficiency ratio among all Arkansas banks through the first half of 2015 is about 70 percent.

Cash-Stock Combo Offers Liberty Bank Stockholders Quick Reward

by George Waldon 7/1/2013 12:00 am

The combination of cash and stock in the proposed $280 million buyout of Liberty Bancshares offers stockholders in the Jonesboro bank holding company immediate reward and tax-deferred possibilities.

NW Arkansas Real Estate Rebounds, But Benton County OREO Stacks Up

by George Waldon 6/24/2013 12:00 am

The northwest Arkansas housing market may be rebounding, but lenders remain a familiar sight among the ownership rolls of residential lots and undeveloped acreage all over Benton County.