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A Loan Strategy Given Lower Rates

Increasing Lending Profitability
INCREASING LENDING PROFITABILITY

Many industry analysts are increasingly gloomy on the banking industry, trimming expectations for net interest margin, interest income, and total profits. With long-term interest rates declining within a whisker of the lowest level in history, many analysts are reducing their forecast of banking profits by up to 10% through 2020 or 2021.

Two Proven Secrets To Faster Bank Decisions - Part II

Critical Thinking
CRITICAL THINKING

In Part I, we highlighted how having too much information about a decision often increases the confidence about the decision but usually doesn’t change the accuracy of the decision. In addition, gathering information takes time and effort, so the result is a more expensive and time-consuming decision that gives you a false sense of comfort. While most banks use the basic seven step process outlined below, in Part II, we highlight two additional rules for the decisioning box that can help increase decision effectiveness.  

How Your Bank Can Pick Up 40 Basis Points of Margin

Improving Net Interest Margin
IMPROVING MARGIN

Community banks face intense competition from different institutions and various industries.  There is currently a market phenomenon that is creating an unusually challenging environment for community banks that compete for real estate financing. This phenomenon is creating an advantage for some lenders in the amount of seven to 42bps, and community banks must be aware of this aberration if they want to win more quality borrowers.

 

Swap Spreads

 

What Commercial Loan Covenants Matter For Banks

Managing Lending Risk Through Loan Covenants
MANAGING LENDING RISK

We are not sure when the first signs of a credit shock will appear, but it is coming. When it does, it will be the presence of commercial loan covenants that give banks a competitive advantage of using covenant violations to pressure borrowers so that banks can improve their risk position.

How To Use Goal Gradient Rewards In Banking

Behavioral Bank Marketing - Picture of a gift

Put a rat in a maze, and they will speed up as they get near the end as can smell the reward. Forget rats, human sprinters also run the last 15% of a race faster than the previous 30%. Forget athletes, citizens make more donations to a charity as that charity gets closer to its fundraising goal. Forget citizens, bank customers also complete more new account applications, hit savings goals, and complete conversions if they can view a goal that is close.

How To Use The Hybrid Loan Structure To Win More Profitable Clients

Profitable Loan Structures - Man staring

It sometimes pays to be opportunistic in marketing your community bank’s products. There is currently an exceptional market opportunity for community banks to win profitable business from larger competitors. The recent decrease in interest rates presents an opening for smart bankers to poach good quality clients and lock them in as customers for a decade. Our bank recently did just that, and in this article, we would like to share this strategy through a case study.

 

Interest Rates Dip

 

Should Your Bank Have A Long Term Fixed-Rate Loan Program

More Competitive Lending

In the last few months, more than a dozen bankers have reached out to us about the merits of a fixed-rate loan program. Up until a few months ago, we didn’t know that the industry had started coining the term “fixed-rate loan program.”  We always assumed that banks made loans that borrowers needed, whether fixed-rate, adjustable-rate, or some form of hybrid.  Now, this seems to be a thing and we, not surprisingly, have an opinion on the matter.

Banks That Want A Strong Culture Can Learn From This Netflix Document

Bank Culture
BANK CULTURE

When it comes to corporate culture, many banks know that building a genuine and sustainable culture is like baptizing cats. It’s tough work fraught with many scratches and a lot of moving around. However, when it comes to corporate culture, Netflix is in the pantheon and can give banks insight. In 2011, their CEO, Reed Hastings, their Chief Talent Officer, and others produced a “Culture Doc” (below) that spread like wildfire among the Silicon Valley’s elite.

Two Proven Secrets To Faster Bank Decisions – Part I

Better Bank Decisions

Keeping up with the speed of change within a bank often requires quick decisions on a variety of topics. Things can slow down when bankers need “perfect” or complete information about a decision. The reality is that perfect information is almost impossible to come by, and even if it was available, it ends up hurting the process anyway.

Do Lenders Deserve Incentive Pay?

Lender Compensation
LENDER COMPENSATION

A CEO of a community bank recently asked us an important question: “why should I pay my lenders any incentive to do their jobs, they already make a good salary?” We hear this question often from different management teams. We believe that part of every lender’s compensation should be variable and that incentive pay should be based on strategic priorities for that specific bank.

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