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Central banks losing ability to steer global economies

By   /  Friday, February 12th, 2016  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Columns, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Central banks losing ability to steer global economies

Upheaval in the global markets in recent months may be signaling that the era of the all-powerful central bank may be coming to an end. Evidence is mounting that central bank moves are having less and less of the desired impact on regional economies. For Exhibit A we turn to the People’s Bank of China, Read More →

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OCB Bancorp income up 142 percent in 2015

By   /  Thursday, February 11th, 2016  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Earnings, Latest news  /  Comments Off on OCB Bancorp income up 142 percent in 2015

OCB Bancorp, the parent company of Ojai Community Bank, increased its year-over-year net income by 142 percent in 2015. OCB Bancorp’s net income grew from $380,000 in 2014 to $921,000 in 2015, or 40 cents in earnings per share. Total loans increased $48.2 million or 37.5 percent to $176.5 million in 2015. Total assets rose Read More →

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PennyMac beats profit expectations but misses on revenue

By   /  Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Latest news  /  Comments Off on PennyMac beats profit expectations but misses on revenue

Moorpark-based PennyMac Financial Services reported a $68.9 million profit on revenue of $187.2 million for the fourth quarter, beating Wall Street expectations on profit but missing on revenue. PennyMac Financial, which was founded by former Countrywide Financial Services executives after that company was acquired by Bank of America, reported a profit 58 cents per share Read More →

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Heritage Oaks Bancorp misses fourth-quarter estimates

By   /  Monday, February 1st, 2016  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Earnings, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Heritage Oaks Bancorp misses fourth-quarter estimates

Paso Robles-based Heritage Oaks Bancorp earnings missed analyst estimates for the fourth quarter but earnings were significantly up on the year. Heritage Oaks reported net income of $3.5 million, or 10 cents per share, for the fourth quarter. That missed analyst expectations of 11 cents per share and was down from $4.2 million net earnings, Read More →

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Community West Bank hires 2 executives

By   /  Monday, February 1st, 2016  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Community West Bank hires 2 executives

Goleta-based Community West Bank has hired two new executives as the bank expands into San Luis Obispo County and maps out future growth. The bank’s parent company, Community West Bancshares, announced on Feb. 1 that it hired Brian Schwabecher as its senior vice president and regional market manager and Elizabeth Crandall as the vice president Read More →

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American Riviera Bank reports income drop due to merger with Bank of Santa Barbara

By   /  Friday, January 29th, 2016  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Latest news  /  Comments Off on American Riviera Bank reports income drop due to merger with Bank of Santa Barbara

American Riviera Bank reported a 17 percent decrease in unaudited net income in 2015 as the institution prepared for its merger with The Bank of Santa Barbara. American Riviera acquired The Bank of Santa Barbara in an all-stock deal valued close to $18 million, creating a “force to be reckoned with,” said Joanne Funari, the Read More →

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County Commerce Bank shareholders OK merger with Citizens Business Bank

By   /  Friday, January 29th, 2016  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Latest news  /  Comments Off on County Commerce Bank shareholders OK merger with Citizens Business Bank

County Commerce Bank shareholders approved its proposed merger with Citizens Business Bank, which is expected to close on Feb. 29. “Citizens Business Bank’s philosophy and business model is very similar to ours and is the perfect fit for County Commerce Bank, and most importantly, our customers and employees. We are excited to be partnering with Read More →

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