14 02, 2019

Banking Banking Lines Up Front (BLUF) – Week of February 14, 2019

By |2019-02-14T18:55:59-06:00February 14th, 2019|Financial, News, Trends|0 Comments

President Eisenhower once said, "Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him." January 1, 2022 will be here before we know it. Banks see "data requirements" and immediately think a software solution will solve everything. That [...]

7 02, 2019

Banking Banking Lines Up Front (BLUF) – Week of February 7, 2019

By |2019-02-07T13:04:19-06:00February 7th, 2019|Financial, News, Trends|0 Comments

It's been a big week in Washington with the State of the Union. But what about the State of Banking? One of the big issues in banking gets swept under the rug. That issue - Current Expected Credit Losses (CECL) - is a complete shift in how banks look at impaired loans. Under CECL, community [...]

31 01, 2019

Banking Banking Lines Up Front (BLUF) – Week of January 31, 2019

By |2019-01-31T10:31:47-06:00January 31st, 2019|Financial, News, Trends|0 Comments

As the government shutdown has gone on throughout January, it shines a light on a key fact. It's hard to make decisions without a good data set. As our first article of the week points out, the shutdown has meant that the Fed hasn't been able to get a full dashboard of data. Without clear [...]

17 01, 2019

BLUFS + Are You Hoping for Results or Strategically Planning Your Bank’s Future?

By |2019-01-17T15:42:06-06:00January 17th, 2019|Advice, Financial, News, Trends|0 Comments

Just like many businesses and organizations do, we’ve just came out of strategic planning sessions for our business year in December. One of the interesting things we came across was the difference between goal measurements. How often have you seen this? We want the bank to earn $________ in 2019. That’s great, and you should [...]

10 01, 2019

Banking Banking Lines Up Front (BLUF) – Week of January 10, 2019

By |2019-01-11T10:17:26-06:00January 10th, 2019|Financial, News, Trends|0 Comments

First off, Happy New Year! We hope your bank realizes unparalleled success this year! The start of the new year brings more of the same – discussion and debate over interest rates and what the best next moves for the Fed are. Needless to say, there’s more uncertainty than there’s been in a very long [...]

20 12, 2018

Banking Banking Lines Up Front (BLUF) – Week of December 20, 2018

By |2018-12-20T14:29:49-06:00December 20th, 2018|Financial, News, Trends|0 Comments

Sure enough the hammer dropped on Wednesday. The Fed raised interest rates, as we suspected. For that reason, we’ve prepped some BLUFs from just before that announcement, each of which provide some insight to what it means for the economy. The spread between the 3-month Treasury and 10-year Treasury stands at less than 40 basis [...]

12 12, 2018

Banking Banking Lines Up Front (BLUF) – Week of December 13, 2018

By |2018-12-13T09:57:24-06:00December 12th, 2018|Financial, News, Trends|0 Comments

We hope you are having a great start to December and the holiday season. We aren’t going to go into full Chicken Little mode and say “the sky is falling!” Yet, if you dig for the facts in news reports – we’re likely heading for tough economic waters. Data continues to point toward “when” and [...]

6 12, 2018

Banking Banking Lines Up Front (BLUF) – Week of December 6, 2018

By |2018-12-12T09:33:48-06:00December 6th, 2018|Financial, News, Trends|0 Comments

We hope you are having a great start to December and the holiday season. We know it is the end of the year and you are busy. December usually represents a great time to take some off of next year’s plate. Are there audits coming that you need to get buttoned down? Is it time [...]

29 11, 2018

Banking Banking Lines Up Front (BLUF) – Week of November 28, 2018

By |2018-11-29T10:44:18-06:00November 29th, 2018|Financial, News, Trends|0 Comments

The FDIC has finally unveiled the community bank leverage ratio. This will have a significant impact on capital requirements for community banks if they choose to opt in. If you need help understanding how this new ratio will affect your bank, don’t hesitate to call! Farm income is down, and farming bankruptcies are on the [...]