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Banking in Rural America Insight from a CDFI

As being a rural community bank and U.S. Treasury certified Community developing standard bank (CDFI), Southern is completely conscious of the value of CDFIs in rural areas through the nation. Inside our current paper, Banking in Rural America: Insight from a CDFI, we illustrate why CDFIs like Southern are well-equipped to handle the difficulty of community banking institutions making rural communities according to Southern’s current purchases of three banking institutions in various Arkansas areas.

Over the past three years, more than half of all of the banking institutions in America have actually closed. These figures are even greater due to: the depopulation of rural counties; technological advances lessening the need for brick and mortar facilities; lack of succession planning; and increased and adverse regulations of the Dodd-Frank Act, which harms small, local lenders by imposing on them one-size-fits-all financial parameters aimed at big Wall Street banks in rural areas. But, the essential sobering statistic is the fact that of all of the bank closures, almost 96 per cent of these are community banking institutions. Continue reading

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