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Interest Rate Risk Policy Limits: One Big Misconception

We initially published the blog below on January 28, 2016.  With interest rates having increased recently – and more increases seemingly on the horizon – we thought this a good topic to revisit as it has been coming up in model validations we complete. We often see interest rate risk policy limits that rely too […]

Don’t Just Focus On Interest Rate Risk – Yield Matters

While interest rates have been fluctuating over the last few months, some feel rates will consistently begin to move up based on indications from the Fed. But what if they don’t? As you discuss your earnings and interest rate risk, it is important to not just look at the risk. Credit unions should pull it […]

Derivatives – Another Option For Helping Mitigate Interest Rate Risk

The Federal Reserve signaled their expectation to continue Fed Funds rate increases in 2017, but substantial uncertainty remains about when and where market rates will move.  Credit unions can find it challenging to achieve a desirable ROA today while maintaining an acceptable level of risk should market rates increase.  Decision-makers have a variety of options […]

Interest Rate Risk Management: Timing of Earnings Matters

Would it surprise you that some interest rate risk mitigation strategies actually add risk for a period of time?  In the end, these strategies may be effective at mitigating interest rate risk but it may take years for the effectiveness to be felt.  The challenge is that many methods used to test mitigation options, like […]

Interest Rate Risk in an Auto Loan – Really?

The competitive landscape for auto loans has fundamentally changed over the last 15 years.  There are more non-traditional lenders vying for autos and non-credit union lenders have been saturating the indirect lending market. These trends put pressure on pricing and take a bite out of the auto lending pie.  As a result, financial institutions are […]

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