Barret School of Banking

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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Kansas community banker Steve Handke elected Chairman

Memphis, TN (November 10, 2020) – The Paul W. Barret, Jr. School of Banking today announced it’s 2020-2021 Executive Committee during its fall Board meeting. Steve Handke, Chief Administrative Officer and Regional President of First Option Bank in Horton, KS will serve as Chairman. Joining Handke on the Executive Committee are: Brian Walhood (Chair – …

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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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Kicking The Can: Congress and the Fed are on a spending spree.

If you ultra-busy community bankers have been able to catch some of our policymakers commenting on the waves of fiscal and monetary stimulus rushing toward the U.S. consumer, what you heard essentially translated into an elaborate game of Kick the Can. Please note that I said “elaborate” and not “elegant.” Here are some popular sound …

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Not all bonds are created equal: Fierce rally highlights different risk/reward profiles

Attention bond portfolio managers: Raise your hand if you were expecting a 100+ basis-point bond rally accompanied by a corollary rate cut by the Fed in about a two-week period. Just as I suspected—none of you. You can, for the record, count your correspondent among the crowd.   But, since it’s happened, let’s use this …

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