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The Crypto Wallet for Web 3.0 – Why It Needs To Be In Your Strategic Plan

South State Correspondent

Set aside the noise of cryptocurrency for a second and focus on the potential of a new digital asset, or crypto, wallet. The crypto wallet can be the centerpiece of customer engagement for Web 3.0 and can be used for a myriad of new applications.

How To Prepare For The Risk of Stagflation in Banking

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We recently posted an article ( HERE ) about how the Federal Reserve is bursting the everything bubble, and this will cause pain for some banks in the form of interest rate, credit, and liquidity risk.

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Use This Framework for Better Bank Innovation

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Every bank wants to be “innovative,” but the truth is innovation is difficult. Add to that a bank’s resource constraints, compliance demands, budget goals, legacy IT infrastructure and talent gaps, and innovation for a bank is extremely difficult.

Preparing For the 7 Waves From The Fed Hike

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Last week the Federal Reserve hiked interest rates by 75 basis points – its most significant hike since 1994.

How to Choose the Best Automated Documentation System for Commercial Loans

Not all automated loan doc prep solutions are created equal. That is why we have put together a checklist to help you evaluate potential partners and find the best-automated documentation system for your requirements and needs.

A Tumultuous Week Comes to a Close

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A Tumultuous Week Comes to a Close. We mentioned on Monday to tighten your seat belt as it could be a wild ride this week and that prediction certainly came true.

Fed Delivers a 75bps Rate Hike

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Fed Delivers a 75bps Rate Hike. The Fed relented to market pressure and raised the overnight fed funds target rate 75bps to 1.50% – 1.75%.

Treasury Yields Reach Highest in a Decade

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Treasury Yields Reach Highest in a Decade. The May CPI Report continues to reverberate around the world, and in its wake are Treasury yields not seen in over a decade.

May CPI Hits 40-Year High

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May CPI Hits 40-Year High. May CPI disappointed markets with a hotter-than-expected read and that has sent short to intermediate Treasury yields higher once again. The overall inflation rate rose a full 1.0% for the month which was well above the 0.3% increase in April and higher than the 0.7%

7 Reasons To Focus More on Hedge Fee Income

South State Correspondent

Many community banks are searching for ways to increase fee income, and many bank CEOs have concluded that fee income is a significant driver of revenue and profitability.

Cyber Security, Change Management and Enterprise Risk Management: Scaling Operations for Growth

Speaker: William Hord, Vice President of Risk Management and Compliance

Join us as we discuss the various tangents of data and the change management process that will help you make better risk-based business decisions to save time and money for your organization.

5 Lessons Using Bank Customer Lifetime Value Data

South State Correspondent

Banks don’t respect the power of understanding customer lifetime value (CLV). It is the one performance metric with the highest correlation to long-term bank profitability, around 88%. It is more important than margin, cost of funds, non-interest income, and loan profitability COMBINED.

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Oil Prices Hit Cycle High, Treasury Prices Head Lower

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Oil Prices Hit Cycle High, Treasury Prices Head Lower. With the Treasury set to auction $21 billion in 10yr notes this afternoon, the market finds itself on the defensive yet again with the 10yr yield back over 3%, currently at 3.02%, off 11/32nds in price.

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Interest Rate Risk and Your Fixed-to-Floating Rate Mix

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For decades community banks have structured fixed-rate loans with adjustable features – the most popular structure is a ten-year fixed-rate loan with a five-year reprice. With short-term interest rates expected to rise through 2022, many community banks are reconsidering their ALCO strategies.

Investors Brace for More Treasury Supply and CPI

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Investors Brace for More Treasury Supply and May CPI. Two factors will probably drive most of the price action this week and that’s long-end Treasury supply coming to auction and on Friday the May CPI report.

How Preparation and Strategy Can Be Used to Fight and Defeat Any Ransomware Attack

Speaker: Karl Camilleri, Cloud Services Product Manager at phoenixNAP

Through a detailed analysis of major attacks and their consequences, Karl Camilleri, Cloud Services Product Manager at phoenixNAP, will discuss the state of ransomware and future predictions, as well as provide best practices for attack prevention and recovery.

Strong Job Growth Continues While Wage Gains Moderate

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Strong Job Growth Continues While Wage Gains Moderate. Nonfarm payrolls increased 390 thousand with those gains fairly widespread. Expectations were for 318 thousand jobs and the increase was just below April’s 436 thousand new jobs.

May Data Starts to Bloom

South State Correspondent

May Data Starts to Bloom. The May ISM Manufacturing Index is due at 10am ET and is expected at 54.5 vs. 55.4. The series has been softening of late, reaching a cycle high of 63.7 in March of 2021 but trending south since then.

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Inflation Scares Erupt Again

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Inflation Scares Erupt Again. Treasuries open the holiday-shortened week on the defensive as the highest inflation reading on record in the Eurozone sent yields there higher. Oil prices resumed their rise and signs the China lockdowns are easing also contributed to higher yields.

Finally, Some Friendly Inflation News Appears

South State Correspondent

Some Friendly Inflation News Appears. The last major piece of economic information is out this morning and April personal spending slightly bested expectations rising 0.9% vs. the 0.8% forecast but was off against March spending which was revised higher from 1.1% to 1.4%.

Digitally Transforming the Engagement Experience for Financial Institutions

Customer experience has become a key differentiator. Learn how to launch your digital transformation by incorporating two customer experience trends into your digital transformation strategy: self-service & personalization.

Customer Experience – How Service Focused Banks Measure Their Performance

South State Correspondent

While every bank talks about delivering on their service promise, only about 35% of banks have a formal effort and track key performance indicators (KPI). It is no surprise that these banks not only have higher customer experience performance but have a higher return on equity numbers.

Optimizing Loan Duration

South State Correspondent

Customers and competitors are challenging community banks to extend loan duration – borrowers are eager to lock fixed rates before they rise further, and many competitors are happy to oblige.

Treasuries Under Pressure as Week Opens

South State Correspondent

Treasuries Under Pressure as Week Opens. Equities are finding an early bid this morning off news that President Biden will review the China tariff policy. That comment boosted risk assets on the possibility that some tariffs may be rolled back.

Events in this Cycle Have Happened Fast

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Events in this Cycle Have Happened Fast. With no economic releases today, and no planned Fed appearances, it could be a quiet start to the weekend. Let’s hope. For now, Treasuries are sliding from unchanged to down slightly in price with a rebound in stocks indicated.

Digital Commercial Lending Technology Case Study: Increasing Loan Volume and ROI

In this Commercial Lending Case Study, you'll discover how to leverage digital lending technologies to accelerate growth and leapfrog the competition in the private lending market. A new and innovative approach to mortgage lending — growing lending volume by orders of magnitude.

Deposit Behavior In This Rate Cycle – Part III

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In two recent articles, we reviewed the banking industry’s deposit behavior with regard to cost of funding earning assets (COF) ( HERE ), and we compared how community banks’ COF behaves relative to national banks in a rising interest rate cycle ( HERE ).

The Customer Problem Resolution Secret

South State Correspondent

If your bank truly wants to be known for service, the very first step is to get your problem resolution process right. When it comes to problem resolution, the two metrics that matter the most are the number of interactions required to solve the problem and the time it takes to solve the problem.

Powell’s Tough Talk Continues

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Powell’s Tough Talk Continues. We mentioned on Monday investors were going to be looking for clues both for how the economy is reacting to the early rounds of rate hikes, and also additional clues as to the path of those rate hikes.

Looking for Clues

South State Correspondent

Looking for Clues. Treasuries are starting the week tentatively in the green as they await more Fed speak and a look at April retail sales and housing activity. With the rise in rates and, of course, inflation the market will be looking for any sign of buckling by consumers.

The Non-QM Market Experiences a Remarkable Comeback: Check Out the Industry Guide

As the commercial lending market evolves, non-QM loans are becoming increasingly popular. Check out this eBook for a detailed look at the benefits of non-QM loans, how to maneuver your way through, and what the future may bring.

How The Babe Can Improve Risk Mitigation At Your Bank

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It was 102 years ago, almost to the day, that Babe Ruth hit his first home run as a Yankee against his previous team, the Boston Red Sox. That hit launched a juggernaut that not only changed baseball but changed the view of both team building and risk mitigation.

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Hawkish Fed Speak and Profit-Taking has Treasuries on the Back Foot

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Hawkish Fed Speak Continues. Treasuries are weaker this morning as some hawkish commentary late yesterday from Chair Powell and San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly reiterated the Fed’s commitment to squash inflation.

April CPI Hotter Than Expected

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April CPI Hotter Than Expected. April CPI disappointed markets with a hotter-than-expected read and that has sent Treasury yields higher once again. The overall rate rose 0.3% for the month which was well off the 1.2% increase in March but a touch higher than the 0.2% expected.

Our 7 Questions to Prevent Bad Bank Technology

South State Correspondent

The most significant problem with bank innovation is that bankers see or hear about a sexy piece of technology at a conference or at another bank and then acquire it. The new piece of technology ends up solving a known problem but, in the process, creates more problems, and risks, than it solves.

A Comprehensive Guide to Construction Loan Issues for the Commercial Loan Market

Understand how to mitigate risk & protect the interest of all parties with this exclusive, must-have guide outlining important issues for commercial construction lending & best practices.