Plansmith Blog

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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How to excel without Excel

Posted by Brett Hendricks on 7/17/19 9:02 AM

One of the most common calls we take at Plansmith is from a bank or credit union looking to improve their entire budgeting, forecasting, and board reporting process. While the organizations vary greatly in size, and the person calling is sometimes the president and other times a financial analyst – most often they all have one thing in common: “I’m currently using Excel.”

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5 Ways Plansmith Simplifies Your Budgeting Process

Posted by Brett Hendricks on 7/8/19 9:35 AM

For most banks and credit unions the annual budgeting process is just that, a “process” that is far from looked forward to.

The CFO gathers data and input from market managers and department heads. The President and CEO then hand down more information as well as targets and objectives that rarely align with the other information. It's then the CFO's and finance team's job to cobble it all together, make it balance, and deliver results to the Board for approval.

As anyone who has been through it knows, the process itself is not cut and dry. To be honest, it can be downright exhausting.

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The Unexpected Tie Between Bankers & Boy Scouts

Posted by David Schwieder on 8/15/18 10:39 AM

I spent the 4th of July Holiday as many Americans do. That’s right, cleaning out the garage. As I engaged in this long overdue spring cleaning, I couldn’t help but notice the abundance of pine needles in the corner. It brought back a bad memory from last December, that I could at least laugh about now. Sort of…

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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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Budget Reforecasting for Financial Institutions

Posted by Roxanne Nikirk on 10/17/17 3:08 PM
Your budgets are finalized. Year end is over. Now what?

Our budgeting process gives us an idea of where we think we are headed in the next year. Many times, what we think will happen, is not what happens in reality. After all, if we all had a crystal ball at our disposal, you would not be reading this blog right now (I know I would not be writing it!).

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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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5 Tools Everyone In The Banking Industry Should Be Using

Posted by Megan Plis Knapp on 11/16/16 11:32 AM

You see some people using them, and they're working great. Why isn't everybody already on board? Maybe the tools are brand new. Perhaps they're too expensive. Who knows, they might be really exclusive.

Except, most of the time, they're not. So, what keeps people from getting their hands on the best time-saving tools in the banking industry?

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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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