Community Banks: Issues, Trends, and Performance


Christopher B. Joseph (Editor)

Series: Banks and Banking Developments
BISAC: BUS020000

This book provides an overview of an FDIC Community Banking Study which identifies and explores the issues and questions relating to community banks. To study community banks, it is necessary to define them. In the past, most analysts have used a maximum asset size, often $1 billion. However, using only a size cutoff does not account for industry growth, and the attributes associated with community banks are not exclusively tied to size.

The value of community banks has always been associated with the unique combination of services they provide to their customers, as well as the manner in which they do business. Community banks tend to be relationship lenders, characterized by local ownership, local control, and local decision making. By carrying out the traditional banking functions of lending and deposit gathering on a local scale, community banks foster economic growth and help to ensure that the financial resources of the local community are put to work on its behalf. Community banks have always been inextricably connected to entrepreneurship. As of 2011, they held 14 percent of banking industry assets, but 46 percent of the industry’s small loans to farms and businesses. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


FDIC Community Banking Study
(Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation)

Community Bank Efficiency and Economies of Scale
(Stefan Jacewitz, Paul Kupiec, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation)

What Factors Explain Differences in Return on Assets Among Community Banks?
(Paul Kupiec, Yan Lee, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation)

Statement of Doreen R. Eberley (Director), Bret D. Edwards (Director), Richard A. Brown (Chief Economist), The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Hearing on “State of Community Banking: Is the Current Regulatory Environment Adversely Affecting Community Financial Institutions?”


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