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12/19/2019

Interest rates and rate floors: survive and thrive in 2020

Last year, when rates were rising, Deluxe warned that banks should learn from the 2008 financial crisis that rate cuts are not always predictable, and can be devastating to earnings. And at the beginning of this year, when interest rates were fluctuating unpredictably, Deluxe wrote about structural factors placing pressure on banks’ margins. In both…

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11/15/2019

Another drop in interest rates – is the end nigh?

Around Halloween, perhaps to scare all of the bankers out there, the Federal Reserve dropped rates again, this time by 25 basis points to a range of 1.5% to 1.75%. The widely expected move was the third such drop in as many months. With little wiggle-room remaining this looks like the last drop for a…

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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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05/23/2019

Main Street, USA = Community Financial Institutions + Small Businesses

Our Small Business Revolution – Main Street team recently finished its 2019 series of small business marketing seminars. Since 2016, the team put on more than 20 free seminars taking place in locations from Oregon and Washington state to South Carolina, Texas, and Michigan. In these FREE one-day seminars, small business experts shared insights and…

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12/20/2018

New Wave: Is the Explosion of Neo-Banks Really a Threat?

Neo-banks are creating industry disruption, but how worried should community banks and credit unions be? What’s the risk of becoming the next Blockbuster or Toys R Us as consumers increase their adoption of digital-only alternatives? Thus far in 2018, American neo-banks have received four times as much funding as they did last year, the New…

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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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