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June 28, 2016

Brexit’s Effect On Your Business Model

Except for those that have been on vacation in a very remote location, all of us have heard or read countless reports about how voters in The United Kingdom (UK) decided to leave the European Union (Brexit), and predictions about the impact to the global economy (Source). This decision will have long-term implications, as UK […]

April 29, 2016

Of Bulls and Bears – Margin Impact from Changing Yield Curves

After the blog published on April 21, 2016, we have received a number of comments regarding why we were silent on the industry “conventional wisdom” that a wider yield curve can provide stronger net interest margin, and that a narrower yield curve can squeeze the margin. This can be true, but often is not. All […]

April 21, 2016

Of Bulls and Bears – Twisting the Yield Curve Is More Than Just a Stress Test

If you’re a financial institution, you need to understand how changes in market rates could affect your financial well-being. That’s what A/LM analysis is for. Traditional A/LM analysis has revolved around simple, instantaneous, and parallel shifts in rates. But in reality, rates have rarely shifted in parallel (not to mention instantaneously). As an example, using […]

April 8, 2016

Testing a Negative Rate Scenario? Consider These Questions First

There has been a lot of buzz recently about the potential for negative interest rates to hit U.S. financial markets at some point.  Short-term rates have been negative in Europe since June 2014, and the Bank of Japan made the move in January of this year. Before you test this scenario from an asset/liability management perspective, […]

March 31, 2016

How Better Processes Can Help Solve Your Talent Crisis

As the nation’s unemployment rate continues its downward trend, many credit unions are celebrating higher loan demand and lower loan losses.  But as most employers know, low unemployment levels have a darker side. Great talent is precious and sometimes elusive.  To survive and thrive in the highly competitive and rapidly evolving financial services industry, high-quality […]

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