After gathering a sample of more than 1.7 million mortgage applicants from 2016 who were either approved for denied for a mortgage, the Clever Real Estate research team discovered something unsettling: 26 percent of African-American applicants were denied mortgages, compared to 10 percent of white applicants. Even when controlling for income, the researchers believe that racial discrepancies still exist.
U.S. companies and banks doing business abroad should be prepared.
By Michael Salerno
As the economy recovered from the financial crisis of 2008, many U.S. companies expanded to the United Kingdom as a way to reach the European Union market, either by exporting, using a U.K. distributor or setting up operations there. Such expansion was a relatively easy move, thanks to a common language and similar banking and legal systems.
Opportunities arise for farmers and ag lenders from the 2018 farm bill.
By Whitt Steineker and Jared Batte
Hemp, one of the nation’s oldest and most versatile crops, is poised for a resurgence following the passage of the 2018 farm bill. That legislation codifies the distinction between hemp and marijuana and removes hemp from the scope of the Controlled Substances Act. This should be a welcome development for agricultural lenders — who have largely avoided any association with hemp for decades — as it will allow them to access a now-legal industry that is expected to generate billions of dollars of potential deposits in the next few years.
As the compliance dates for CECL near, progress is being made across the board, but not fast enough, according to CECCl experts. This was the overarching finding of Austin, Texas-based Abrigo’s 2019 CECL Survey. The survey gauged financial institutions’ preparedness for the upcoming transition to the current expected credit loss standard.
By Lonnie Harris
We are fortunate enough to work with many community banks in several states. We lead or participate in asset/liability committee meetings almost every single day and are constantly working with bankers to prepare and respond to examiners’ very detailed questions. While helping bankers meet their regulatory requirements is satisfying, it is far more rewarding to help bankers efficiently manage their banks.