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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.  […]

Caution: NCUA’s Proposed Regulation On IRR Could Have Unintended Consequences

You think you are already doing everything required in the proposed Regulation.  You think your policy limits are appropriate for your strategy and business model—but will the examiner making the judgment as to whether your credit union is in compliance think the same? NCUA’s proposed shift from Advisory to Regulation is concerning. It raises several […]

NEV vs. 17-4 Gross Test

Don’t be confused.  The 17-4 Gross Test is not the same thing as net economic value (NEV). NCUA describes the 17-4 as a “quick and dirty” interest rate risk measure.  It is calculated by devaluing fixed-rate mortgages by 17% and adjustable-rate mortgages by 4%.  These devaluation factors represent the price loss on newly issued loans.  […]

“I Want To Grow Our Investment Portfolio”

At the moment, there aren’t many credit unions that would make this statement.  Net interest margins continue to be squeezed by the extended low rate environment.  Deposit pricing is nearing the bottom, but there’s still plenty of room for loan and investment yields to decline.  It’s no different for big banks.  Just from the first […]

Prolonged Low Rate Environment?

For months many have been watching and wondering when the inevitable increase in market rates might materialize.  Now, with some economists projecting that rates will stay at historic lows for another 12-18 months, credit unions should evaluate how, or if, they can continue to maintain net interest margin and ROA. Not all institutions have room […]

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