Plansmith Blog

Plansmith: Budgeting, Asset Liability Management, CECL & Strategy

Posted by Megan Plis Knapp on 12/12/19 11:33 AM

For almost 50 years, Plansmith has helped financial institutions remove the stress from budgeting and interest rate risk.

As customer preferences and regulatory challenges progress, we create new solutions to complement our core in-house budgeting and IRR solutions.

Are you familiar with all of the ways Plansmith helps financial institutions like yours?

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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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Answered: Bankers' 5 Most Painful Questions about Backtesting

Posted by Dave Wicklund on 1/23/17 8:18 AM

Backtesting can be a painful topic for bankers. In this post, I'll answer the top 5 most common questions I hear about backtesting. I'll reference my first post, Independent Review, Model Validation, and Backtesting: Same Thing, Only Different, so you might want to revisit it before reading on. In that blog, we looked at the interrelationship of these three items and brought up a few questions on backtesting.

Specifically, we questioned 5 things: who should do it, how often should it be done, what period should be covered, do you need to backtest model results and assumptions, and why even bother if market rates really aren’t changing.

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3 Ways to Reward Your Employees (And I'm Not Talking Money!)

Posted by Megan Plis Knapp on 12/8/16 9:18 AM

Money isn't everything! Yeah, it's important, but it's not all that matters to employees -- and upping the pay scale isn't always possible. When a raise isn't an option, consider these three alternatives to reward your high-achieving employees.

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True or False: Planning is a Verb?

Posted by Sue West on 8/17/16 10:00 AM

True or False

A budget is a once a year process for an institution.

True: A budget is a process typicallydone once a year to establish targets/goals of measure to be used as guidelines throughout the year.

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Community Bank & Credit Union Forum: Compass Roundtable March 2016

Posted by Jennifer Mello on 5/11/16 10:00 AM

Thank you to everyone who attended the March 2016 Financial Compass Roundtable!

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How to Get Someone to Do What You Want

Posted by Jim Groark on 2/17/16 10:30 AM

One of the worst ways to get someone to do something you want is to tell them what to do. Most parents learn that lesson the hard way. The better way to incent certain behaviors is to have the other person see the benefit of exhibiting the desired behavior.

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CEOs: 3 Important Thoughts on FinTech and Community Banking for 2016

Posted by Tom Parsons on 1/19/16 12:30 PM

As a CEO or CFO of a community bank, you are well aware that mega banking institutions are investing heavily in innovative technologies designed to take customers away from you. Having serviced the industry for over 25 years, I've seen many changes, but none as profound as outlined in two recent articles highlighting the impact of FinTech.

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Community Bank & Credit Union Forum: Compass Roundtable 2015

Posted by Jennifer Mello on 1/7/16 2:00 PM

A Note to Attendees

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Community Banks: The Indiana Jones Sword vs. Gun Theory

Posted by Tom Parsons on 12/1/15 12:30 PM

"In the 1981 film, "Raiders of the Lost Ark", one particular scene consistently brings the house down: Indiana Jones, having survived an elaborate chase through a casbah, is confronted by a swordsman whipping through a flashy routine with a scimitar. Indy initially squares off against the deadly swordsman bearing only his trademark whip in his hands; then with a look of infinite fatigue and disgust, he casually pulls out his revolver and blows the bad guy away." (Credit for text: Snopes.com)

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