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My Budget Is Done, Now What?

Posted by Bill Smith on 8/15/19 3:18 PM
Thankfully, my financial institution's budget is done – now what? Continue planning, that’s what.

Most of us hate planning. So why would I want to start now, when I could wait until the usual time next year?

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Why “E-Learning” Is Succeeding

Posted by Bill Smith on 7/10/18 10:12 AM

“E-Learning” is rapidly expanding here at Plansmith and client comments have been very positive. Right now there are more than 50 different sessions available and many more sessions are in development.

Why has the “E-Learning” approach been so popular, especially since Plansmith has always provided such a high level of live, personal support and is committed to continuing that?

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How Much Risk Can Your Community Bank Afford?

Posted by Bill Smith on 4/1/15 11:30 AM
Risk is inevitable in banking, in fact it’s what makes banking profitable. The question is how much risk is acceptable. Recognizing that existing techniques of measurement were sometimes misleading and arbitrary, Plansmith developed a simple calculation called ‘Margin Risk Tolerance’ that defines how much risk each bank can take. Despite the wealth of banking information Plansmith has at hand, we believe risk relates to the individual community bank, and cannot be measured to any peer standard or magic number.

Margin risk tolerance calculates the minimum net interest income and net interest margin necessary to maintain continuing operations. Minimum margin consists of two basic components: 1) earnings needed to maintain an acceptable capital ratio and pay dividends, and 2) earnings needed for overhead.

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Community Bankers, There's Room For Improvement

Posted by Bill Smith on 3/2/15 5:30 PM
Most community bank and credit union boards and executives spend a lot of time looking at past performance data. But many only look at projected data once a year at budget time.

Seems backwards to me. As George Bush (the older one) said, "The past is over". The future is unlimited. We can do nothing to change what has happened, but we can do anything to change the future.

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Is Your Community Bank Ready For Rising Rates?

Posted by Bill Smith on 8/22/14 11:30 PM

Lately I’ve talked to a lot of bankers who are actually looking forward to the inevitable rise in market interest rates. They believe that their institution’s net interest margin and profit will increase because that’s what their rate risk analysis is telling them.

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