Banking & Financial Services

Economic Update, 2017 Q3

Uncertainty, that killer of business growth, is feeding on a number of current economic trends. But that doesn’t imply a reduction in commercial lending or investment opportunities. With the final quarter of 2017 almost upon us, economic news is brimming… more

Next CEO at H&R Block: Jeffrey Jones

H&R Block announced this morning that it had named Jeffrey Jones II as its next president and chief executive officer, succeeding Bill Cobb, who retired earlier this year, and interim president Tom Gerke, the firm's general counsel and chief administrative… more

The Yin and Yang of Investing

In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang describe how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected and interdependent in the natural world. When you look at portfolio management, passive (indexing) and active strategies are the yin and yang of… more

Employee Group Buys Lawing Financial

Lawing Financial, No. 21 on Ingram's list of Top Area Wealth Management Firms last year, announced this morning that an employee group had purchased the firm from CEO Kerry Lawing and minority investors. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.… more

Bank Midwest Buying Lawrence-based Peoples

The parent company of Bank Midwest announced today that it would acquire Lawrence-based Peoples Bank, boosting its status as the fourth-largest locally headquartered bank based on assets. If approved by regulators, it would push Bank Midwest's asset levels well above… more

Alterra Bank Raising the First Business Banner

Alterra Bank, the region's top small business lender, announced this morning that it would become First Business Bank, effective June 1. That aligns the company with the branding of its parent, First Business Financial Services, and follows an announcement made… more

Four Firms Merge into Wealth Manager Infinitas

The Kansas City area has a new player in wealth management, and it's a sizeable one: Four smaller firms have merged to create Overland Park-based Infinitas. With $1.47 billion in assets under management, the combined entity would have ranked in… more

2017 Banking Industry Outlook Assembly

Since the advent of the nation’s financial crisis in 2008, bankers have tended to gather under dark clouds at Ingram’s Banking Industry Outlook assemblies, overshadowed by concerns about excessive regulation, lack of qualified borrowers, public misperceptions that commercial banking, rather… more

Topeka Bank CEO to Retire

Andy Jetter, president and CEO , of Federal Home Loan Bank Topeka has announced his decision to retire on or about March 31, 2017. To facilitate an orderly transition, Jetter will step down as of December 31 and then serve as… more

Academy Bank and Merit Bank to Merge

Paul Holewinski, CEO of Dickinson Financial Corporation announced today that Dickinson will acquire Community Bancshares of Kansas, owner of Merit Bank—a $104 million community bank with centers in Overland Park, Olathe and Goff, Kansas. Upon completion of the of the acquisition… more