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Does Loan Amortization Matter? [Plus Free Calculator]

How structure impacts credit
HOW LOAN STRUCTURE IMPACTS CREDIT

Sometimes how we choose to measure something can lead to incorrect conclusions. While mathematically 30 is 50% more than 20, a 30-year amortizing loan is not 50% riskier, or 50% longer than a 20-year amortizing loan. The amortization term is often a poor measure for bankers to use to make credit decisions.  In this blog, we will explain why the amortization term can be a misleading measure, why bankers should be using average life, and we will provide readers with a downloadable average life excel calculator for bankers to use for their own analysis.

What Bankers Need To Know About The Yield Curve

Interest Rate Training
INTEREST RATE TRAINING

Bankers should consider the shape of the yield curve when structuring and pricing loans to maximize return and reduce risk. The shape of the yield curve can also help lenders understand borrowers’ needs and better position the bank against competitors.

How Should Community Bankers Position for Declining Rates

Commercial Lending Ideas
COMMERCIAL LENDING IDEAS

Many community bankers are now considering how to position their asset and liability portfolios for declining interest rates. On the one hand, interest rates should be falling more, and on the other hand interest rates are being talked down against a backdrop of still strong economic data.

How To Generate More Revenue and Satisfaction with an Inverted Yield Curve

a LOAN TACTIC TO IMPROVE REVENUE AT YOUR BANK
A LOAN TACTIC TO IMPROVE REVENUE

You cannot read a financial paper, business feed, or watch financial television without someone mentioning yield curve flattening and inversion. Google searches for “yield curve inversion” are at their highest level ever. What is all the fuss about, and why should bankers care? We will explain an innovative way that bankers are using the current yield curve to protect existing relationships, increase yield and generate non-interest income, and we will use a recent case study to highlight the specifics loan terms and results.

 

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Why You Are Watching The Wrong Lending Competitors

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CREDIT MANAGEMENT

No doubt, you hear all about how your competitors are winning deals because they are more aggressive when it comes to underwriting. While banks must always ask if they are taking the right risks and the right amount of risk, it is probably the competitors that you are not watching that is causing you the greatest risk. In this short article, we explore one often overlooked aspect of competitor surveillance and how this one technique can help protect your bank.

 

The One CRE Underwriting Metric You Are Likely Not Using, But Should

More Accurate Commercial Real Estate Underwriting
More Accurate CRE Underwriting

Whenever your bank is looking at underwriting commercial real estate (CRE), you are probably looking at a variety of macro factors such as rent and occupancy trends, absorption, and capitalization rates. However, since we see hundreds of underwriting packages a month from a variety of banks across the country, it is rare that we see banks, and even borrowers, adjust rents for new construction. In this article, we present our methodology, data, and adjustment factors that banks can use to have more accurate underwriting.

 

Do You Really Want To Lend Below A 10% Debt Yield?

PROFITABLE BANK LENDING
PROFITABLE BANK LENDING

Commercial lenders should be aware of the important factors that drive customer behavior to borrow funds. Our clients borrow from us when they refinance debt, or purchase equipment, real estate, or finance working capital. However, there are three key elements that make debt especially appealing for borrowers. Commercial lenders that understand these three elements can better position themselves for success.

 

The Three Key Elements to Borrower

 

Why Commercial Loan Prepayment Provisions Matter

Protecting Commercial Loan Profitability

In an article two weeks ago, we discussed why community banks should desire prepayment provisions in their loans.  We also acknowledged that in this very competitive banking market banks are unable to negotiate a meaningful prepayment provision.  In this blog, we will identify techniques that some banks may use to obtain a meaningful prepayment provision, and we share a video explaining how CenterState Bank lenders use these techniques with commercial borrowers to negotiate a powerful prepayment provision. 

 

Why Loan Prepayment Provisions Matter

INCREASING LOAN VALUE - Loan prepayment provisions
INCREASING LOAN VALUE

In a competitive lending market, as the case today, banks are looking for an edge to win quality loans.  For quality credits, many community lenders are eliminating loan origination fees and prepayment provisions to differentiate from the competition.  Since it is easy for an institution to reduce fees and prepayment provisions, that competitive advantage quickly becomes commonplace, and no lender retains an advantage.  In this article, we take a quantitative look at the benefits of loan prepayment provisions. 

   

Four Reasons for Prepayment Provisions

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