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Important notice to DFI customers

The Department of Financial Institutions will be upgrading its telephone system on Friday, April 20. Telephone service will be inoperable beginning at 4 p.m. for the remainder of the day.
We expect service to be fully restored when our offices open at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, April 23.

DFI IS MOVING!

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Effective Friday, May 4, the Department of Financial Institutions will have a new home at 4822 Madison Yards Way, North Tower, Madison, WI 53705, on Madison's west side. Our current offices at 201 W. Washington Ave. will remain fully operational through the close of business on Thursday, May 3. We will re-open for business at 7:45 a.m. on May 4 at our new location. All DFI phone numbers, e-mail addresses and post office box numbers will remain unchanged. Our new offices are located in the new Hill Farms State Office Building off of University Avenue, adjacent to the current Department of Transportation office.
See Visitor Information for the Hill Farms Office

New business entity filings
up 7.6% through March

MADISON - The number of new business entities formed in Wisconsin in the first three months of 2018 grew by 7.6% compared to same period in 2017, according to data compiled by the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI). As of March 31, new business filings totaled 13,106, compared to 12,183 in the first three months of 2017.

The business formation data is compiled by DFI, which is the filing office for the creation of business entities in the state. DFI tracks new business entity creation on a monthly basis and posts the data on its website. The full report may be found at www.wdfi.org/corporations/HistoricalStatistics.htm.

Money Smart Week Wisconsin
scheduled for April 21-28

MADISON - Dozens of communities across the state will participate in Money Smart Week Wisconsin April 21-28 with events focused on improving the personal financial awareness and education of Wisconsin citizens.

Money Smart Week Wisconsin is the highlight of April being national financial literacy awareness month, a collaborative effort by state and federal agencies and private-sector groups to raise awareness about the importance of financial literacy.

The Governor's Council on Financial Literacy, in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, is spearheading Money Smart Week Wisconsin, the celebration of which was proclaimed by Governor Scott Walker on April 2 (www.wdfi.org/ymm/govcouncilfinlit/).

Many of the Money Smart Week events will be geared toward elementary school-age children. More information about Money Smart Week can be found at www.moneysmartweek.org.

Initiatives being planned during Money Smart Week and throughout April include:

See the full press release here.

Registration now open
for financial education training for educators

MADISON - Registration is now open for the 2018 National Institute of Financial and Economic Literacy (NIFEL) teacher and community educator training this summer at Edgewood College in Madison. The institute annually trains educators from across the state on a variety of personal financial education topics. Three separate sessions are scheduled. Attendees may sign up for one or multiple sessions:
June 25-28, 2018 - Innovation & Entrepreneurship
This course provides a foundation for anyone in the educational field interested in learning about the entrepreneurial process, becoming more innovative in their work, creating change in their schools, or creating opportunities for students to learn about and practice entrepreneurship.

See the full press release here.

Net lending up nearly 10%
at state-chartered banks in 2017

MADISON - Net lending grew by 9.8% at Wisconsin's state-chartered banks in 2017 compared to 2016, according to data released by the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI).

Compared to 2016, Wisconsin's 161 state-chartered banks in 2017:

  • Increased net loans to $38.7 billion, up from $35.3 billion.
  • Posted a net income of $537.3 million, up 0.2% from $536.0 million.
  • Reduced their past-due loan ratio to 1.14%, down from 1.26%.
  • Improved their capital ratio to 11.41%, up from 11.39%.

"Wisconsin's state-chartered banks had another very good year in 2017," said Jay Risch, Secretary of DFI, which oversees state-chartered financial institutions. "The overall strength of our banking industry is yet another sign of a prosperous and growing Wisconsin economy."

See the full press release here.