Barret School of Banking

Looking back…

Last night, my family and I celebrated my dad’s retirement after 47 years at the same bank. As most of you probably know, I grew up in a banking family. Banking and guitar. Dinnertime conversations were riveting, I assure you! There’s a gold star for Mom for enduring those conversations! For those of you that …

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Might as well face it, you’re addicted to…non-interest income!

Did you know…? In doing some research around community banks, NSF fees, and the probable regulations that are coming down from Washington around those, I realized that banks’ performance is heavily addicted to Non-Interest Income.  Big time.  Over the past 5 years, regardless of bank size (and really as far back as the FDIC database …

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Portfolios morph: Investment securities have undergone big changes this year.

If there’s a constant in the world of a community bank investment manager, it’s disappointment. If you buy a bond today and yields go down tomorrow, you wish you’d have bought more; if yields go up, you wish you had bought none. If your overall portfolio has unrealized gains, you lament the poor yields that …

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ICBA, The Venture Center Gear Up for 2022 ThinkTECH Accelerator

Application period for community bank-focused fintech solutions now open Washington, D.C. (Aug. 19, 2021) — The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and The Venture Center, with support from the State of Arkansas, today launched the application period for the 2022 ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator program. The 2022 program builds on three consecutive successful programs solving for …

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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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