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  • Committees | Governance
  • Published: May 17th, 2019

77 Percent of Bank Boards Approve Loans. Is That a Mistake?

Community bank directors don't have to approve loans. Yet, more than three-quarters of executives and directors say their board is involved in the process.

  • Issues | Risk
  • Published: September 4th, 2018

Concentration Risk Management Remains an Exam Focus: Stress Tests are Vital

If your bank has concentrations that are at or above regulatory guidelines, examiners will expect to see a stress test that supports your concentration risk management plan.

  • Committees | Governance
  • Published: May 19th, 2016

Board Packets: How Much Is Too Much?

Board packets are growing in size and current bank director and former CEO Joe Garrett weighs in on what can be done to improve them.

  • Issues | Regulation
  • Published: May 30th, 2019

Your Bank’s Answer to the Cannabis Conundrum

Changing state laws and federal stagnation puts the onus on banks to decide whether they will provide banking services to marijuana-related businesses.

  • Issues | Bank M&A
  • Published: November 21st, 2018

Twelve Steps for Successful Acquisitions

Take the advice of Alexander Graham Bell: “before anything else, preparation is the key to success” when getting into the M&A market.

  • Issues | Legal
  • Published: June 2nd, 2017

Can We Say Goodbye to Fair Lending Cases?

Banks need to worry a little less about fair lending lawsuits these days, but the issue can’t be ignored.

  • Issues | Regulation
  • Published: June 13th, 2019

A Former Regulator Shares His Advice for Boards

Bank leaders should focus on building a positive relationship with regulators, even in today’s deregulatory environment.

  • Issues | Bank M&A
  • Published: January 16th, 2019

Dealing With Nonbank Buyers

Mergers and acquisitions in the banking industry historically have been relatively straight forward, but things are beginning to change.

  • Issues | Bank M&A
  • Published: January 1st, 2018

Are You Overlooking a Major M&A Obstacle?

Market concentrations can have a big impact on community bank deals, and should be examined early in the process.

  • Committees | Audit
  • Published: July 23rd, 2019

Evolving Considerations in the CECL Countdown

Bankers need to keep in mind some key considerations as CECL’s effective date rapidly approaches.

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