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October 19, 2012

Interest Rate Risk Modeling—Do The Results Make Sense?

Many credit unions are increasing the number of “What-Ifs” they run. It is important that decision-makers do a gut check on the results being presented.  It is also important to understand that various modeling methodologies may need to be used to ensure appropriate evaluation of the decision. Take, for instance, a decision to expand auto lending […]

April 16, 2012

Is NEV Capturing The Risk Of Declining Asset Yields?

Short and long-term market rates have been at—or near—record lows for almost 3.5 years.  This has resulted in credit unions continually replacing higher-yielding assets with lower-yielding assets.  This is creating earnings challenges at many institutions, particularly as the cost of funds is nearing a “floor.” So, is your NEV analysis reflecting this risk?  The answer […]

August 26, 2011

Some Examiner Requests Conflict With Written Guidance – Make Sure to Get Clarity of Reasoning

We are curious as to why some examiners are requesting that credit unions establish risk limits based on 12-month net income simulations. This request is interesting in light of what was outlined in the Interagency Advisory on Interest Rate Risk Management.  The guidance states:  “When using earnings simulation models, IRR exposures are best projected over […]

June 3, 2011

NEV And Net Worth Are Not The Same

Reminder: While net economic value (NEV) and net worth represent two completely different concepts, they are often used incorrectly as interchangeable terms.  Even NCUA sometimes adds to the confusion.  In the April 2011 NCUA Report¹, an article on rising interest rate risk gives an example of a credit union with $5.5M in long-term, fixed-rate mortgages […]

May 13, 2011

Proposed IRR Regulation Could Have Unintended Consequences

C. myers agrees with the objective that most institutions should have an effective interest rate risk (IRR) management policy supported by an effective IRR program.  However, we do not agree that it should be regulation. Keep in mind as you read our comments that our business is to provide asset/liability management services to financial institutions.  […]

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