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2012: Is This Time Different?
A new year begins! For the past three years now, we have been debating whether the historic Fed action that has driven short-term bond yields to 50-year lows is only temporary … or somehow more...
Hitting Performance Targets in an Off-Target Economy
In interviews with management of several top-performing community banks across the country in recent weeks, BankNews writers found more similarities than differences in their business plans. They...
Embracing the ALM Process
It has been some time since the Advisory on Interest Rate Risk Management was issued in January 2010 and if you have not noticed, it has been taken quite seriously by bank examiners. The advisory has...
Enterprise Risk Management
Do not let the concept of enterprise risk management scare you. Although the concept of ERM is attracting considerable attention lately, banks have been doing risk management for years.
Bond Strategy: Extra Patience?
We have discussed many times in this column how a slow economy often channels cash to a bank’s bond portfolio at the worst possible time to invest. Conversely, when the economy and loan demand are...