Today LIBOR is linked to over $250 Trillion (that is with a “T”) in financial instruments and has been used as a reference rate for more than 30 years. However, regulators, for various reasons, are driving a shift to an alternative reference rate. In 2017, ARRC (Alternative Reference Rate Committee) identified the alternative reference rate in the US as SOFR (Secured Overnight Financing Rate). Most community banks use LIBOR sparingly in their loan and deposit contracts. However, if a community bank has even one LIBOR contract, the issue of fallback language becomes essential.
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. However, we would like to share a current proven strategy for community banks to make the best of the current interest rate environment, lock-in their best clients, increase cross-sell opportunities, and actually increase margins.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
In just a couple of months, the current economic expansion will be the longest in US history. Since the mid-19th century, the country has experienced 33 business cycles in all, with the average economic expansion lasting a little over three years, and the average recession lasting just under 1.5 years. The current expansion will, without a doubt, outlive the previous longest period of economic growth that occurred from 1991 to 2001. However, no one has
In addition to traditional underwriting, some banks utilize a scorecard to rank their commercial properties. Projects are run through a scorecard and then rated on a numerical value. For banks without a credit or pricing model that provides a probability of default and expected loss, the scorecard allows an intermediate way to compare loan quality. In this article, we take a look at a sample scorecard and give banks some examples of how to use the methodology for better commercial real estate (CRE) underwriting and pricing.