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Arkansas State Bank Department

The mission of ASBD is to maintain a legal and regulatory structure for Arkansas's financial industry. This structure provides the public with convenient, safe and competitive banking, which fosters economic development within this State. Our mission is accomplished through efficient allocation of available human and other resources existing in our Examination, Information Technology and Administrative Services Divisions.

Federal Reserve Chair Yellen Will Open Research and Policy Conference in 2017

Jun 16th, 2017

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen will deliver opening remarks at the "Community Banking in the 21st Century" research and policy conference in October.

The fifth annual conference, co-sponsored by the Federal Reserve System and Conference of State Bank Supervisors, is scheduled for October 4-5 at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.  The purpose of the conference is to bring together academics, community bankers, regulators and policy makers to focus on the latest academic research on community banking and the important policy issues that affect community banks.

Cynthia Blankenship, vice president, chief financial officer and corporate president of Bank of the West, Grapevine, Texas, will give the keynote speech on the first day of the conference.  John Williams, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, will be the keynote speaker on the second day.

The Web site for the conference includes a complete agenda.

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The State Bank Department was created by Act 113 of 1913. The Department is charged with regulating commercial banks with main offices in Arkansas. These 80 banks hold assets of $85.2 billion as of June 30, 2017. The Department also is charged with supervising the bank holding companies of Arkansas state-chartered banks; state-chartered trust companies; regional and county industrial development corporations; industrial loan institutions; and capital development companies. The Department operates to ensure the safety and soundness of, and public confidence in, these institutions and organizations.

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