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February 15, 2018

Opportunities within the Treasury Yield Curve

Much has been written about the U.S. Treasury yield curve recently – it’s narrowing, it’s widening.  It’s nearly impossible to predict.  While there will always be uncertainty regarding market interest rates, the current shape of the yield curve offers credit unions some opportunities to explore. Consider the decision to borrow funds.  Many credit unions are […]

December 19, 2017

Is The Yield Curve Flattening?

Going back to the end of 2015, the Federal Reserve has lifted the Fed Funds rate up from its zero lower bound to target a range of 1.25% to 1.50%, with additional tightening anticipated in 2018. Often, when places model risk, it is assumed that when short-term rates move, long-term rates will move parallel.  Thus, […]

November 9, 2017

Optimize Your Budget Business Intelligence

Given all of the time and rigor that typically go into the annual budget process, it makes sense to consider how that process might be improved and generate greater business intelligence for decision-makers.  Beyond creating a base budget, following these 6 steps can help take the budgeting process to the next level and provide leaders […]

November 1, 2017

Recent Uncertainty Highlights The Importance of Evaluating Strategic Net Worth Requirements

The rapidly changing competitive environment and recent natural disasters are reminders of the importance of evaluating strategic net worth requirements. A key component to understanding strategic net worth requirements is taking a deliberate approach to understanding aggregate risk.  In a previous blog post we outlined an approach to help with this process. Two types of […]

October 19, 2017

Concentration Risk Limits on Mortgage-related Assets and the Unintended Consequences

Not all mortgage-related assets are created equal.  Therefore, using a one-size-fits-all approach in establishing concentration risk limits can lead to missed opportunities or a false sense of security. Concentration risk policies are intended to reduce the impact a risk event could have on a credit union’s balance sheet, financial structure, and/or business model.  The NCUA […]

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