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07/11/2018

Where is the Relief in the Dodd-Frank Rollbacks?

Legislators could have done so much more. Like you, I was hoping The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (the Act) would provide more regulatory relief for the nation’s smallest community banks. There’s still cause for celebration, however. The Act has provisions related to capital requirements, financial reporting, and the Volcker Rule that…

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06/18/2018

The M&A Market: What to expect in 2018 and into 2019

Overall, mergers and acquisitions in the finance world have been steady in recent years. What should banks be doing to prepare if they want to be acquired? What should they be doing if they want to acquire another bank? Let’s look a little closer at this issue. Since 2014 we have seen a return to…

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06/11/2018

Fed rates are on the rise. What does this mean for community banks and credit unions?

We’ve all been anticipating it, and now it’s likely to come down the pike this week. The Federal Reserve is set to raise the target interest rate to above the rate of inflation for the first time in the better part of a decade. The Fed rate hikes have been happening gradually, steadily since 2015….

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05/17/2018

The Battle for Retail Deposits

A coffer filled to the brim with low-cost deposits … ah, those were the days. As anyone in banking will tell you, the days of free-wheeling deposit growth for community banks are grinding to a halt. The reason? The Federal Reserve made good on its promise to raise rates, and more are coming down the…

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04/30/2018

How Community Banks Can Resecure Their CRE Lending Business

Commercial real estate loans have been integral to the success of many small banks. Long before the Great Recession made everyone in the banking industry rethink nearly everything about how they did business, numerous community banks were highly dependent on CRE loans for revenue. CRE concerns As the economy recovered from its economic downturn, many…

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04/27/2018

What the New Board of Directors Proposals Could Mean for Your Bank

The Fed giveth and the Fed taketh away. Back in June, the Federal Reserve handed financial institutions fresh challenges by raising its benchmark federal funds rate for the second time in the calendar year. In August, the regulatory body fielded a pair of proposals that could remove some complexities and ease regulations for boards of…

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