Author Archives: Nicolet Bank

In the News: A Slow Thaw

Commercial lending is still tight, but some loan programs could loosen credit. Take a look at the vacancy signs and darkened storefronts and you start to get the picture that prospects for lending in the commercial real estate market aren’t yet bright.

In the News: Stocks Roar Back, But Economy Has Far To Go

By themselves, the numbers tell a seemingly clear story: The Dow Jones industrial average is up 61% from the recessionary low it hit exactly one year ago Tuesday. The Standard & Poor’s 500, up 68%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq, up a remarkable 83%.

In the News: CEOs List Their Top Challenges for 2010

Northeastern Wisconsin CEOs believe increasing sales and revenue will be the biggest challenge in 2010, according to Nicolet National Bank’s quarterly Business Pulse survey. Seventy-four percent of respondents said it was among their top three concerns as we enter the new year in the wake of the just-ended (we are told) recession.

In the News: Systemic Risk, End it Don’t “Manage” It

The blogging bankers at Nicolet National Bank in Wisconsin have been on a roll over at The Vault lately. CEO Bob Atwell’s latest post addresses this month’s meeting between President Obama and a few of the country’s biggest bank CEOs. He makes some interesting points on too-big-to-fail, concluding that “centralized and politicized finance is financially […]

In the News: Winners of 2009

There’s a reason why Nicolet National Bank was one of the first businesses interviewed on iFinance – they get the value of social media. Nicolet National Bank has truly opened itself (The Vault) to its customers and community. Add to that a CEO who actually picks up his phone and makes himself available for all […]

Confidence of Region’s CEOs Improves

The Nicolet Bank Business Pulse improved to 99.9 — up from 80.5 last quarter and from 63.8 the quarter before — when The Pulse reached its lowest point since its inception in Quarter 4, 2001. The 99.9 last quarter is the eighth consecutive quarter below 100 on the index. The Business Pulse continues to show […]

In the News: TARP Bankers say They are Unfairly Criticized

Community banks that received TARP money are bristling at the daily criticism from Washington that they are misspending the funds. Last week’s release of an audit from TARP’s Special Inspector General (SIGTARP) that detailed TARP spending didn’t help matters. “Nobody wants to stand up for the good bankers in this deal,” says Robert B. Atwell, […]

In the News: Why People Trump Numbers

Founded in 2000 in Green Bay, was one of a few banks in Wisconsin to accept Troubled Asset Relief Program funds. Chairman and CEO Bob Atwell says his bank did not need TARP, but accepted it as a good move for shareholders. He sat down with Insight Editor Margaret LeBrun to share his take on […]

CEOs See Fundamental Change Ahead

Business owners and CEOs say we haven’t hit bottom yet, and many expect things will get worse over the course of this year.

CEOs See Light in the Tunnel

From its lowest point ever recorded, The Nicolet Bank Business Pulse© improved to 80.5 at the End of the First Quarter. Today, the Confidence of CEOs and Business Owners is up from its all-time low of 63.8 at the end of Q4/08.

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