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10/23/2018

How the CFO Fits into Top Banking Priorities

The ABA Community Bankers Council recently asked the top officers of community banks nationwide about their top priorities for the year ahead. Will they be focusing on technology? Adding new products and locations? Transforming the customer experience? Recruiting and developing a stellar workforce? Creating new business partnerships? Check all of the above, and then some….

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10/16/2018

On a Roll: High-Performing Banks Forecast Frequently

How will your board react when they see your end-of-year numbers? Pleasantly surprised? Shocked? Neither reaction should occur if you regularly prepare a rolling forecast. A rolling forecast, according to the Corporate Finance Institute (CFI), is a type of financial model that predicts the future performance of a business over a continuous period, based on…

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08/29/2018

Move over LIBOR. SOFR is gaining momentum.

Although the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has been publishing the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) since April 3, 2018, SOFR’s popularity seems to be gaining momentum as of late. On August 15, 2018 a headline in Bloomberg read, “New U.S. Overnight Rate Moves Out of LIBOR’s Shadow.” The article outlined major debt issues…

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08/15/2018

ABA List Highlights How Banks’ Tax Savings Will Be Spent

When tax reform was first announced, there were plenty of predictions as to how the tax savings would be spent. Thanks to the ABA’s Energizing the Economy list, we can actually see – in one place – how banks are spending their initial windfall. Across the list, there is a healthy investment in employees, whether…

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08/13/2018

Finding The Sweet Spots With Deposit Rates

As we visit with Dashboard clients, we’re hearing plenty of buzz about the need to further raise deposit rates to remain competitive and meet customer expectations. With the likes of Sallie Mae and American Express promoting no-minimum-balance savings accounts at APYs at 1.75% or above, consumers may be paying more attention to their yields. And…

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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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