The first quarter will not be easily forgotten, given two of the biggest-ever bank failures and the ensuing panic that engulfed several other regional banks.
Topics: Deposits, Apple Savings, Securities, Commercial Real Estate, Net Income
The deposit market, which had been remarkably dull and easy to overlook for over a decade, continues to deliver new twists. The latest shot across the bow comes courtesy of Apple and Goldman Sachs – in the form of a savings account with a 4.15% annual rate and no minimum balance.
Topics: Vendor Contract Negotiation, Bank Vendor Management, Credit Union Vendor Management, Deposits, liquidity, Apple Savings
It’s an understatement to say that 2023 has been demanding for credit unions.
A flurry of interest rate hikes has created balance sheet challenges. The recent failures of two large banks, and the voluntary liquidation of another, have created questions about the public’s underlying confidence in the financial services industry.
Topics: Digital Banking, Vendor Contract Negotiation, Bank Vendor Management, Credit Union Vendor Management, Deposits, CFPB, Overdraft Fees
We were already seeing banks and credit unions step up efforts to attract and retain deposits before last month’s bank fallout resurrected discourse about the importance of liquidity.
Financial institutions of all sizes are doubling efforts to hold onto depositors while serving people who have moved their accounts from Silicon Valley Bank, Signature Bank, and others. Deposit balances have become a hot topic – the Independent Community Bankers Association just announced that it would be a focus of its next fintech accelerator season.
Topics: Vendor Contract Negotiation, Bank Vendor Management, Credit Union Vendor Management, Deposits, liquidity, Checking Accounts
Bankers began arriving at the Independent Community Bankers of America’s annual convention eager to discuss a broad range of strategies for navigating 2023.
The fact that the conference was held in Hawaii – a destination that was scrapped a couple of years ago because of the pandemic – was a cause for optimism despite several headwinds.
Topics: FDIC, Deposits, Community Banks, liquidity, Assessments
Ask a bank or credit union executive to share their biggest challenge for 2023, and many will put gathering and retaining deposits at the top of their list. It is a remarkable reversal from previous years when FIs were awash in deposits and struggling to find optimal ways to put that liquidity to work.
Topics: Vendor Contract Negotiation, Bank Vendor Management, Credit Union Vendor Management, Deposits, Balance Sheet
I’m delighted that Sievewright & Associates (S&A) is now a part of SRM!
The acquisition comes after five straight years of solid growth in the S&A business, where we served more than 100 credit unions across the country ranging from $400 million to $53 billion of assets. The opportunity to join forces with an organization of SRM’s caliber, scale the business, and broaden support for credit unions all presented compelling reasons to sell.
Topics: Deposits, Credit Unions, Expense Savings, Leadership, Balance Sheet, Loans
Several high-profile banks, including Capital One, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America, have announced plans to either eliminate or dramatically reduce overdraft (OD) and nonsufficient funds (NSF) fees. It could be argued that these banks made this leap before regulators, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), required them to do so.
Topics: Vendor Contract Negotiation, Bank Vendor Management, Credit Union Vendor Management, Regulations, Deposits, Overdraft
The prolonged period of taking deposit gathering for granted seems to be nearing an end.
Financial institutions have been awash in deposits for years, flush with liquidity. According to data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, deposit balances at banks have risen by 35% in the past two years alone.
The bigger challenge has been finding ways to put those deposits to use in profitable ways.
Topics: Bank Consulting, Credit Union Consulting, Deposits, bank customer acquisition, credit union customer acquisition
The CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference was in-person for the first time in three years, giving many credit union executives a long-overdue chance to have face-to-face meetings.
SRM made the most of the week, engaging with scores of executives, getting a sense of their challenges and opportunities, and lining up discussions to assist in crafting strategies and finding solutions for both.
Topics: Digital Banking, Vendor Contract Management, Cryptocurrency, Credit Union Vendor Management, Cryptocurrency for Banks and Credit Unions, Loan Growth, Deposits, Overdraft