Financial Institutions

Interest rate risk hedging, balance sheet risk management and treasury investment advisory resources for CEOs, CFOs, CLOs and Treasurers at community and regional banks.

  • Stocks, yields rise on trade hopes

    Stocks, yields rise on trade hopes

    U.S. equities rose for a fifth straight week, setting new all-time highs as U.S./China trade optimism and better-than-expected corporate earnings releases boosted sentiment and dulled recession fears.

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  • Fed cuts but signals pause

    Fed cuts but signals pause

    The major U.S. equity indices continued to rally higher last week, touching all-time highs and notching a fourth consecutive week of gains...

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  • Deriving Value

    Deriving Value

    Is it time for community institutions to reconsider derivatives?

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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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  • Finalized Volcker Rule changes will benefit certain financial institutions

    Finalized Volcker Rule changes will benefit certain financial institutions

    What you need to know about the revisions to the Volcker Rule.

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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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  • E.U. grants Brexit extension

    E.U. grants Brexit extension

    The major U.S. equity indices moved higher last week as solid third-quarter corporate earnings results and U.S./China trade optimism boosted investor sentiment in the face of growing global growth...

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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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  • Optimizing and Protecting Financial Institution’s Balance Sheet

    Optimizing and Protecting Financial Institution’s Balance Sheet

    Interest rate risk management is top of mind for senior managers at financial institutions and has been Chatham’s focus for decades.

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  • Third-quarter earnings season begins

    Third-quarter earnings season begins

    The major U.S. equity indices moved modestly higher last week, flirting with all-time highs as third-quarter corporate earnings results and an agreement between the U.K. and E.U. on a Brexit deal...

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  • Solutions That Grow With Your Institution

    Solutions That Grow With Your Institution

    As your institution grows, either organically or through acquisition, new challenges emerge. Partnering with an independent firm with decades of experience can ensure growth and health.

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  • 4 Characteristics of a FinPartner

    4 Characteristics of a FinPartner

    Adding partnership-oriented selection criteria may serve you well during your vendor vetting process. Here are 4 characteristics to evaluate the next time you search for a suitable FinPartner.

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  • Hedge Accounting for Financial Institutions

    Hedge Accounting for Financial Institutions

    Hedge accounting can be challenging to “get right” and tough to apply, so designing an effective hedging strategy and achieving the intended results is important for financial institutions.

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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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  • 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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  • Quarterly Market Update: Current Themes in Balance Sheet Risk Management - Mar 2019

    Quarterly Market Update: Current Themes in Balance Sheet Risk Management - Mar 2019

    We will look at the markets, discuss risk management strategies, touch on the mandatory adoption date of ASU 2017-12 and provide our updated observations on SOFR.

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  • 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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  • Preparing for SOFR: Changing the Playbook

    Preparing for SOFR: Changing the Playbook

    This webinar will recap what we know so far about the transition toward risk free rates and provide insight into what financial institution management teams are doing now to prepare.

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  • Quarterly Market Update: Current Themes in Balance Sheet Risk Management - Dec 2018

    Quarterly Market Update: Current Themes in Balance Sheet Risk Management - Dec 2018

    We will look at the markets, discuss risk management strategies, touch on the mandatory adoption date of ASU 2017-12 and provide our updated observations on SOFR.

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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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