Bob Newman

Bob Newman is Managing Director for Chatham’s Financial Institutions business which specializes in interest rate risk management, hedge accounting and investment advisory for banks. Prior to joining Chatham in 2003, Bob spent 20 years in commercial banking, helping to start the derivatives operation at Maryland National Bank and expand the derivatives effort at SunTrust. He graduated from the College of William and Mary with a BA in Economics and has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

  • Community Banks and Derivatives: Knowing When to Shift Gears

    Community Banks and Derivatives: Knowing When to Shift Gears

    Before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle with a derivatives-powered engine, it is critical for a community bank to understand how the transmission works, and how/when to shift gears.

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  • Community Banks and Derivatives: Debunking the Four Biggest Myths

    Community Banks and Derivatives: Debunking the Four Biggest Myths

    As commercial borrowers seek long-term funding, it’s time for risk-averse community banks to examine commonly-held phobia about using swaps.

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  • FASB Update Removes Roadblock to Hedging With Derivatives

    FASB Update Removes Roadblock to Hedging With Derivatives

    Complex hedge accounting rules are high on the list of reasons that community banks have chosen to avoid derivatives as risk management tools.

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  • 3 Reasons to Partner With an Advisor on Your Investment Portfolio

    3 Reasons to Partner With an Advisor on Your Investment Portfolio

    As rising short-term interest rates flatten the yield curve, the resulting squeeze in bank margins is leading executives to look in every nook and cranny seeking cost savings.

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  • How to Avoid the Wait for Higher Rates: Receive-Fixed Swap

    How to Avoid the Wait for Higher Rates: Receive-Fixed Swap

    After the Fed pushed the Fed Funds target to near zero-percent in the midst of the financial crisis the prevailing view on loan rates and borrowing costs was “nowhere to go but up”.

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  • Derivatives Education for Boards: Weighing the Whys Along With the Why Nots

    Derivatives Education for Boards: Weighing the Whys Along With the Why Nots

    Bob Newman, managing director for Chatham Financial, questions common objections to swaps and uncovers truths that may motivate your board to take a fresh look at derivatives.

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  • Bond Portfolio: In Search of Buried Treasure

    Bond Portfolio: In Search of Buried Treasure

    Expanding the search from the P&L expense line to the balance sheet reveals several “dollar bills” of profitability growth potential via net interest margin expansion.

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  • Swaps on a Blind Date? Three Questions for Community Banks

    Swaps on a Blind Date? Three Questions for Community Banks

    Increasing demand from borrowers for long-term fixed-rate loans and the willingness of larger banks to meet that demand has forced community banks to find a way to remain competitive.

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