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Play ball!

National pastime gives us some portfolio management guidance.   As we’re getting into the warmer months, it’s reassuring that baseball season is well underway. Your correspondent confesses a deep and abiding passion for the sport. While I’ve been only partially successful in getting my wife engaged in watching live baseball, she has gamely accompanied me …

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Personal Branding and Leadership:  The Danger of Ignorance

  We wrapped up our Personal Branding elective yesterday here at the Barret Graduate School of Banking led by the incomparable Emily Mays.  For content creators, sometimes life just hands you the perfect situation that goes right along with something at work and provides a great illustration.  For songwriters, we think of this as the …

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Recession proofing

  How to benefit from a lull in the economy.   Tell me if you’ve heard this: An inverted yield curve is highly correlated with a subsequent recession. And might I point out that the U. S. treasury curve has been upside down for pushing two years now? Since we’re playing master of the obvious, …

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Blind Spot

“One of the biggest concerns we have is for community banks that do not believe they have any weaknesses.”  –Gerrish’s Musings December 28, 2023   I can’t agree with this statement any more if I tried.  It should be the entire content of the blog post or just be looped over and over to make …

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Spread The Wealth

Some bond sectors performed better than others in 2023.   As we have navigated the holiday season, and hopefully had some time to wrap up some gifts as well as a successful 2023, let’s now spend a few minutes looking into pockets of relative value in the bond market. To get there, we should remind …

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Barret School of Banking Announces 2023-2024 Board of Regents: CA Ray Skinner Elected Board Chair

Memphis, TN (November 8, 2023) – The Paul W. Barret, Jr. School of Banking today announced the election of its 2023-2024 Executive Committee during its fall Board meeting. Ray Skinner, CEO of Mission National Bank in San Francisco, CA will serve as Board Chair.   Joining Skinner on the Executive Committee are: Jennifer Nunley (Chair-Elect) …

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Time out for trivia

Time out for trivia  Q’s and A’s to enlighten portfolio management   If you’re a sports fan (and I know you are), and you’re also of a vintage that has recall back several decades, you may have heard of Todd Donaho. Donaho was the self-proclaimed “commissioner of sports trivia” as the host of Time Out …

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Remember the Munis: Don’t go to sleep on a profitable bond sector

“As you get older, three things happen: the memory goes, and I forget the other two”—Erma Bombeck   Being one who can empathize with the late, great humorist Ms. Bombeck, I thought it might be interesting to discuss a segment of the fixed income universe that has served community banking well over the decades. It’s …

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Value, added

High baseline yields accompany surprisingly wide spreads   If your responsibilities include your community bank’s bond portfolio, you’ve been confounded by several elements of its performance in the last 18 months. To the extent your portfolio has mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and government agency bonds, and the clear majority of all bonds owned by banks are …

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