Ben Lewis

Ben Lewis works in Chatham’s Hedge Advisory group advising financial institutions in the western United States. He manages relationships with community and regional financial institutions to help hedge their balance sheet interest rate risk through the use of derivatives as well as enable them to offer derivative products to their qualified commercial borrowers. Previous to serving financial institutions, Mr. Lewis worked with private equity funds in hedging leveraged buy outs, commercial real estate investors hedging their debt, and general corporate clients to identify and manage foreign currency, commodity, and interest rate risk through the use of derivatives.

  • How to Measure the Success of Your Customer Swap Program

    How to Measure the Success of Your Customer Swap Program

    You launched a customer swap program for your financial institution. You may have one swap, or many swaps, under your belt and you want to understand just how successful your program has been.

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  • How to Structure, Launch and Build Your Interest Rate Swap Program

    How to Structure, Launch and Build Your Interest Rate Swap Program

    A borrower swap program is a tool to help banks compete for long-term, fixed-rate loans. Success starts with identifying goals, deciding how to resource, and building the program.

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  • Video: Tools to Manage Interest Rate Risk

    Video: Tools to Manage Interest Rate Risk

    Interest rate risk is embedded in every financial institution’s balance sheet. Board members should encourage their management teams to consider adding derivatives to their tool kit.

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  • Back-to-Back Interest Rate Swaps Explained in 3 Minutes3:47

    Back-to-Back Interest Rate Swaps Explained in 3 Minutes

    Back-to-back swaps work as follows: the bank enters into two separate transactions with the customer: 1) a floating-rate loan and 2) a companion fixed-rate swap with its customer.

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  • Video: Understanding Interest Rate Risk

    Video: Understanding Interest Rate Risk

    This video outlines how interest rates impact the typical bank, and explains the board’s role in mitigating interest rate risk.

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