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05/24/2018

How Can Community Banks Sail Through Growing Pains?

Community banks want big-bank budgets for new capabilities. Big banks want that community-bank feel for their customers. Which of these banks has the more difficult climb? My Unique Findings at an Incredible Community Bank Their small branch that once sat on a dusty road with little traffic now occupies the epicenter of a community that has…

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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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12/28/2017

Recap of 2017: Sharing Our Top Five Blogs From the Year

Well, the end of the year is quickly approaching which is a great time to recap another great year for our blog. I just wrapped up my fifth year of being editor of the blog and I am excited about some of the changes we’ve seen this year. We did a reorganization of the existing…

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10/19/2017

Finding the Right Mix of Fixed and Variable Loans in a Rising-Rate Environment

Most consumers probably understand that when the Federal Reserve increases its benchmark federal funds rate, it’s only a matter of time before the corresponding rise in interest rates hits their wallets. How will mortgage seekers react to the rising-rate environment? It’s probably a safe prediction that rising interest rates will spur increased interest in fixed-rate…

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03/09/2017

Why the CFPB Thinks Your Data Stinks, and What You Must Do About It

How good is the data your financial institution shares with consumer reporting agencies — the same data other FIs may rely on when deciding whether to approve or decline consumers’ applications for second-chance checking accounts? Not good enough, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Earlier in 2016, the CFPB sent out a compliance bulletin…

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01/25/2017

How Community Banks Can Up Their Lending Game Against Marketplace Lenders

While finding a niche market can be a revenue boon for a small bank, consumer lending has long been the bread and butter of most community banks. Selling mortgages, auto loans, credit cards and other consumer products is a natural fit for smaller financial institutions that emphasize the importance of personalized bank-customer relationships in a…

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