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News Alert: The Bond Market Wiped out $36 billion of Capital from Community and Mid-Sized Banks in the First Quarter

By Adam Mustafa, Invictus Group CEO The bond portfolios of community banks are on fire right now, in a very bad way.  With 99 percent of community banks filing their first quarter Call Reports for 2022 as of the date of this article, we now ...
/ Intel, Invictus Blog

What Community Banks Can Learn from the Fed’s Stress Test Scenarios (or Not)

By Adam Mustafa, Invictus Group CEO The Federal Reserve just released the severely adverse economic scenario for the required Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) stress tests for the largest banks in the country. The annual tests determine each large bank’s minimum capital requirement, so ...
/ Intel, Invictus Blog

The New Way to Manage Concentrations in a Post-Pandemic World: A Primer for Community Banks

Executive Summary Concentration management is becoming a dynamic and data-driven process in the post-pandemic world. Community banks that have always managed their concentrations by simply throwing darts at a board will find themselves in the regulatory crosshairs if they don’t adapt to the new paradigm ...
/ Intel, White Papers

The New Way to Manage Concentrations in a Post-Pandemic World

Concentration management is becoming a dynamic and data-driven process in the post-pandemic world. Community banks that have always managed their concentrations by simply throwing darts at a board will find themselves in the regulatory crosshairs if they don’t adapt to the new paradigm. More importantly, ...
/ CECL Trends, Intel, Invictus Blog

A 15-Month CECL Playbook for 2023 Banks

By Adam Mustafa, Invictus Group CEO Most community banks have barely gotten started down the CECL road as of mid-September 2021. The primary reason is simple. The individuals responsible for implementing CECL at your bank have bigger fires to fight right now. Whether it's responding ...
/ CECL Trends, CEOs & Boards, Intel, Invictus Blog

The Evolving Role of Management and Directors in a Post-Pandemic World

Many community bankers and their boards are entering the post-pandemic world blindfolded. The pandemic had an uneven impact on industries within their geographic footprints, and there is no historical precedent for how recovery will take shape. Government intervention has propped up many small businesses, disguising ...

10 Last-Minute Questions for 2023 CECL Banks to Ask Their Potential Vendor

The clock is starting to tick for community banks that must adopt the CECL standard by January 1, 2023. It’s mid-August and many banks still have not picked a software or consulting partner to assist them on this journey. Banks in this situation have no ...
/ CECL Trends, Intel, Invictus Blog

Strategic Analysis Should Surpass Investment Banking Ties in Bank M&A, Expert Says

As community and regional bank mergers and acquisitions accelerate in the post-pandemic world, the advisory process “will require an altered approach,” argues bank consultant Joe Fenech in a blog post this week. Understanding a bank’s strategic planning process, as well as its opportunities and challenges, ...

Pie Growth vs Market Share Wars: The Post-Pandemic Loan Growth Mystery

By Adam Mustafa, Invictus Group CEO The 2020 Pandemic marks the end of the post-2008 recovery business cycle for the banking industry and the economy as a whole. As we enter the post-pandemic economy, community banks across the country are struggling with how to project ...

PD/LGD Emerges as Top CECL Methodology

More banks are using the probability of default/loss given default (PD/LGD) model for CECL than any other methodology, according to the accounting firm BKD CPAs and Advisors. Firm partner Brandy Buckler wrote in a May 21 Bank Director article that approximately 60 percent of banks ...