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Bank Strategy
BANK STRATEGY

One item that should be on every bank’s strategic horizon is how to adapt to the changing face of payments. If you are one of those bankers that say, “Cash won’t go away in my lifetime,” you could be right. However, we would posit that the sentiment is the wrong way to frame the challenge and the rationalization that you don’t have to worry about cash, checks and the payment channel will likely lead you to disaster. In this article, we highlight the newest data from the Fed and what it might mean for every community bank.

 

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.

Banking Technology
TECHNOLOGY TRENDS

Starting in 1995, star-analyst Mary Meeker, “The Queen of the Internet,” co-founder at ReCode, and partner at the investment firm Bond Capital delivers a 30-minute presentation on the state of the digital landscape. The presentation is always the talk of the digital town as it has been the definitive source of major trends backed by quantitative evidence. This year, a couple of weeks ago, Mary gave the 2019 update and the presentation stretched to 333 slides.

 

Bank Technology Decisions
BANK TECHNOLOGY DECISIONS

The largest problem with bank innovation is that we see or hear about a sexy piece of technology at a conference or at another bank and then acquire it. The new piece of technology ends up solving a known problem but in the process actually creates more problems, and risk, than it solves. It’s called the “Shiny Object Syndrome” (SOS), and it could be sowing the seeds of destruction for many banks. In this article, we look at the seven strategic questions you need to answer before acquiring any piece of technology.

 

Bank Marketing

When your bank places advertising, partners, produces content or conducts events, it is helpful to statistically know which subject matter is most, and least conducive to banking. For example, by our marketing data, if you are interested in banking, and getting the most out of your banking relationship, you have a 31.4% probability of also being interested (to the point of engaging with content) in travel.

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.

Commercial Real Estate
CRE UNDERWRITING

Recent data, just released from Real Capital Analytics, shows that since the start of the year (month-end April), commercial real estate (CRE) has appreciated 2.6% in 2019. This is good news for banks as it shows that every significant loan sector likely has improvements in both debt service coverage and loan-to-value. In major markets, this appreciation has been closer to 4.9%, and in secondary markets, price appreciation has been 1.5%. In this article, we take a look at the details to help banks better manage their pricing and risk.

 

Digital Marketing
DEPOSIT MARKETING

You have probably heard that digital display ads, those small billboards that pop up on mobile, social channels and websites are worthless. While they are some of the least effective advertising we do, since you are buying attention, bankers need to consider display ads for every marketing campaign.

Growing Deposits

Earlier this week we ran an article on the Price of Attention for Bank Marketing (HERE) and we were inundated with questions about how to pull some of these techniques off. Many bankers wanted to know where to begin with the most common question being - how to apply the “campaign portfolio technique” to something as crucial as loans or deposits?

Improving bank product sales
IMPROVING BANK PRODUCT SALES

A surge in alternative lenders and intense competition among banks has forced community bank lenders to further differentiate themselves and their institution. Many lenders are switching their professional focus from being a salesperson to being a trusted advisor. Recent teaching from St.

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