Barret School of Banking

Jim Reber

Jim Reber was elected as President and CEO of ICBA Securities effective April 1, 2005. From 1990 through 2005 he worked as a Senior Vice President and registered representative for ICBA Securities. He is a frequent speaker at bank conventions, seminars and conferences. Jim also writes a monthly investment column for Independent Banker magazine. He is a Certi􀀁ed Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst. He is on the Board of Regents of the Paul W. Barret School of Banking and is on the Executive Committee. Jim holds a BS degree in Accounting from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee, where he serves on the Board of Trustees.

Jim Reber

Slippery slope: Another yield curve shift has community bankers guessing.

And now for something completely different. Except it’s not; it just hasn’t been around for a number of years. But it most assuredly has an impact on your community bank’s bond portfolio and on the securities you’ll be thinking about purchasing the next time you’re in the market. I’m speaking once again about the ever-popular …

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Munis for the Many: Taxable municipal bonds have appeal for nearly all community banks.

I have some good news for community bank portfolio managers who have grown weary of some or all of the following conditions that have persisted since 2020: declining portfolio returns erratic cash flows call option exposure paltry yield spreads Chances are, your bank’s portfolio has been affected by at least some of these conditions over …

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Things You Never Thought You’d Say: COVID-19 has created a lot of first-ever conversations.

It may be a gross oversimplification to say this, but in many ways, community banks deal with their favorite broker the same way you deal with your dry cleaner. For one thing, there’s repeat business; we’re not a durable goods vendor that you visit every three years. For another, fixed-income brokers sell a set of …

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