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.

  • When Rates are Zero, Derivatives Make Every Basis Point Count

    When Rates are Zero, Derivatives Make Every Basis Point Count

    A financial institution with hedging capabilities is better equipped to protect its net interest margin and make every basis point count with the recent return to rock-bottom interest rates.

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  • Getting Started with Swaps: Three Ways to Test the Water

    Getting Started with Swaps: Three Ways to Test the Water

    There are three distinct methods for community banks looking to enter the derivatives “waters.”

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  • Five Derivatives Safety Tips: Accessing Power While Maintaining Peace of Mind

    Five Derivatives Safety Tips: Accessing Power While Maintaining Peace of Mind

    Often viewed as risky and dangerous, interest rate derivatives are very powerful tools provided these five important safety tips are considered.

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  • 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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  • 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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