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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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05/15/2019

Rates have dropped. How does that impact mortgage lending?

Is your phone ringing off the hook for mortgage applications and refinances yet? Mortgage lenders have been anticipating an increase in applications because of this juggernaut of a job market, with unemployment rates hovering at historic lows. In March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the national unemployment rate stayed at a rock-bottom 3.8%….

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04/24/2019

Why banks should institute rate floors if they haven’t already

Ah, the ever-changing economy. One day interest rates are up, the next day they’re down. Not exactly a roller coaster, but it’s at least a merry-go-round. Those rates impact the mortgages banks offer to their customers, adjustable rate mortgages most of all. Customers choose ARMs because they’re betting the rates aren’t going to go up…

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04/22/2019

The yield curve is inverting. That’s signaled recession since the ’60s. Now what?

Can we predict the future by looking at the past? When you’re talking about finance, the answer may well be yes. Every recession we’ve had since the 1960s occurred about a year after an inversion of the Treasury yield curve. And, it looks like that’s starting to happen right now. But it’s not time to…

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07/16/2018

Rates are rising! Using rate floors now can protect your NIM in the future

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) has been steadily increasing the fed funds target rate since 2015, with the most recent rate hike occurring on June 13, 2018. Despite a historically flat yield curve (28 basis points between the 2-year and 10-year treasury), the communications from the committee leave open the possibility for two additional…

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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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