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February 28, 2013

Excerpt: A Few Things To Consider Before Purchasing A Derivative

While many credit unions work on what seems to be a more immediate issue – increasing loan volume – it is important not to forget the looming issue of interest rate risk. Rates have been at historically low levels since the end of 2008 and the Federal Reserve has indicated it expects rates to remain […]

August 23, 2012

For Your Radar: Proposed FASB Update On Liquidity And IRR

From now until September 25, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has a Proposed Standards Update open for comment regarding liquidity risk and interest rate risk. The proposed interest rate risk disclosures, if passed, would provide dangerous and misleading information about the safety and soundness of a financial institution, and therefore, the financial services industry. […]

April 19, 2012

Have You Reviewed Your Policies Recently?

Historically, credit unions may have been wary of making material changes to their policies, whether an A/LM policy, Liquidity policy, Investment policy or broader Financial Management policy – for fear of raising regulatory “red flags.”  However, with the adoption of the final rule on interest rate risk (§741.3(b)(5)(i)), and the effective implementation date of September […]

March 1, 2012

How Do You Know Your Modeling Assumptions Are Right?

Interest rate risk modeling requires the user to make assumptions about member and management/board behavior.  For example, some members will pay back their loans ahead of schedule and the rate of prepayment will increase if rates fall and decrease if rates go up, especially on mortgage-related products.  Likewise, the incentive for members to move some […]

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