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08/19/2019

Rates are falling. Margins Are Shrinking. Why, and What Next?

Last month we wrote about an upcoming cut in interest rates. At the time, we wrote about what financial institutions—especially smaller institutions—should expect. A couple of days later the Federal Reserve announced the first target Fed Funds rate cut in a decade. So now we have some clarity—what can we learn? Managing rates is a…

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07/30/2019

Interest rates, market instability, and what it all means

“Turbulent” is probably the safest way to describe the interest rate landscape for financial institutions in 2019. Opinions about upcoming rate movements have taken a rollercoaster ride over the past several months. This is based on comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, and the Federal Open Market Committee meeting again this week. We will…

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03/18/2019

Three things you should be doing for your board of directors

We ask a lot of our boards—sometimes more than the pay or liability risk would warrant! Fortunately, most community banks have board members who are personally engaged and invested enough to go the extra mile for your institution. To my knowledge, no one has studied this, but I expect that the higher the board’s engagement,…

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02/25/2019

How to Get Employees Behaving Like Business Owners

Whether they realize it or not, many of our Dashboard clients practice “open-book management.” In other words, they actively create a culture where employees think, act, and feel like owners. They get their employees engaged in making money for the business. How does open-book management work? According to John Case, who coined the phrase and…

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12/19/2018

What the 2018 elections mean to Financial Institutions

No matter which side of the political aisle you’re on, one thing is for certain: The 2018 midterm elections took us all on a wild ride. Now that the dust has settled, recounts have been completed and the newly elected politicos — a more diverse group than ever before, with more women, people of color,…

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11/19/2018

The importance of succession planning at community banks

According to AARP, approximately 8,000 Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age (65) every day in the United States. Look around at your bank’s leadership and ask yourself – how many of them will be getting there shortly? Depending on your answer, you might also ask – how solid is your succession planning? If you’re wondering…

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10/24/2018

The Gumshoe CFO: Before You Forecast, Do Some Sleuthing

Building an accurate forecast relies heavily on your historical data. But it’s the hands-on business knowledge you apply to the forecast that helps make it a more predictive and actionable roadmap for your institution. Before you start your forecasting process, take the time to gather updated information. For example, you should: Consider future business decisions…

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