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  • 5 tips to help borrowers survive a labor shortage

    Year End 2021
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 376

    Abstract: In a tight labor market, businesses may have a hard time finding qualified workers and their existing employees may demand wage or salary adjustments or bonuses. When market conditions are unfavorable, borrowers may turn to their lenders for advice. This article lists five suggestions lenders can offer to help borrowers adjust to labor shortages and cope with employee attrition.

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  • After the deluge – Help businesses get back on their feet after a disaster

    Year End 2021
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 693

    Abstract: When lenders are faced with businesses that need funds immediately to help rebuild after a hurricane, fire, flood or other disaster, they need to make wise and well-founded decisions about whether to approve those loans. This article suggests some basic steps lenders can take to avoid long-term problems for their portfolios.

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  • Learn the ins and outs of GAAP vs. tax-basis accounting

    Year End 2021
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 576

    Abstract: Lenders need to understand the different accounting standards businesses may use in compiling their financial statements to ensure their borrower analyses are accurate. This article explains the differences between using Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and using a tax-basis reporting framework. The article notes that tax-basis reporting may be appropriate if a business is owned, operated and financed by individuals closely involved in day-to-day operations who understand its financial position.

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  • How to support a brick-and-mortar business as it launches online

    Year End 2021
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 867

    Abstract: Today, companies continue to embrace e-commerce as an extension of their usual business operations, as a means of insurance in case of additional lockdowns and, in some cases, to completely replace their physical locations. This article points out that in assessing the financial health of borrowers as they establish or grow an online presence, lenders must be aware of the keys to a successful virtual business model. A sidebar suggests some questions lenders should ask borrowers attempting to expand their businesses online.

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  • Bank Wire – CFPB issues guidance on unauthorized EFTs

    Fall 2021
    Newsletter: Community Banking Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 425

    Abstract: This brief summary of recent trends in banking highlights Consumer Financial Protection Bureau answers to FAQs on unauthorized electronic fund transfers and discusses a Federal Reserve tool that simplifies CECL implementation. It also notes the OCC’s intention to rescind a 2020 Community Reinvestment Act rule.

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  • Maintaining internal controls in a post-pandemic environment

    Fall 2021
    Newsletter: Community Banking Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 516

    Abstract: Internal controls are the lifeblood of a bank’s risk management system. Weak or ineffective controls can lead to operational losses and expose a bank to a higher risk of fraud. This article points out that as we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, banks need to assess the pandemic’s impact on their internal control systems and make appropriate adjustments.

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  • Keep your customers satisfied

    Fall 2021
    Newsletter: Community Banking Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 591

    Abstract: Over the past few years, community banking has withstood rapid technological changes, unprecedented economic challenges during a pandemic and new demands from its customer base. This article explains that to maintain profitability amidst all this turmoil, banks need to ensure that they retain their existing customers. This article suggests three fundamental questions to help improve customer satisfaction and retention.

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  • UDAAP resurfaces – Is your bank in compliance?

    Fall 2021
    Newsletter: Community Banking Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 886

    Abstract: During the COVID-19 pandemic, many banks changed the way they do business by reducing lobby hours, closing branches, and relying more on mobile banking apps and online transactions. This article notes that in light of recent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau changes signaling a return to more aggressive enforcement, it’s a good idea for banks to review their unfair, deceptive or abusive acts or practices (UDAAP) compliance policies and update them to reflect current business practices.

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  • Lending to older entrepreneurs can be profitable

    October / November 2021
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 436

    Abstract: Older and experienced entrepreneurs have handled far more personal and professional challenges than younger entrepreneurs, and may have more tried-and-tested tools at their disposal to address the inevitable challenges of starting and managing a new business. This article looks at the advantages of lending to entrepreneurs in their 40s, 50s and 60s.

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  • Use a loan-pricing model for a win-win

    October / November 2021
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 571

    Abstract: In the current volatile economy, due diligence is critical. Lenders can’t afford to neglect important factors like cost, risk and desired return. This article explains that a loan-pricing model can help ensure analyses are well-founded and objective. The article notes that risk-based pricing can enable lenders to vary interest rates according to borrowers’ risk levels.

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  • What’s the plan? In an uncertain economy, a business plan is key

    October / November 2021
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 649

    Abstract: Given the recent experience of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses clearly need to have some backup strategies in place. Obviously, it’s hard to plan for all possible contingencies. However, lenders need to be vigilant when evaluating potential commercial borrowers. This article suggests some factors lenders should consider as they assess potential borrowers’ business plans.

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  • One and done: Funding a business with one large customer

    October / November 2021
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 899

    Abstract: When lending to a small company that earns the lion’s share of its revenue from a single source, the primary concern is how to assess the likelihood that the borrower will retain that “key” customer. This article offers several questions lenders can ask to help evaluate a loan application from a business that earns much, if not all, of its revenue from one large customer. A sidebar suggests some questions to ask supply chain partners and end users.

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  • 4 ways to support funding the hybrid workplace

    August / September 2021
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 440

    Abstract: Businesses continue to embrace hybrid working practices that allow employees to work from home part-time — or full-time. While some businesses expect employees to incur the setup costs for their work-from-home (WFH) environment, others pay a stipend, reimburse employees or foot the entire bill up front. Some companies may turn to their banks to help fund WFH expenses. This article highlights four steps a borrower will need to take to ensure such a loan will be viable.

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  • Growth isn’t always good – Potential downsides of out-of-control growth

    August / September 2021
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 674

    Abstract: As the economy begins to recover from the difficult economic circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s tempting to assume that for businesses, all growth is good. But this isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, if borrowers are growing by leaps and bounds, lenders might want to look into that rapid growth further to make sure it’s based on a sustainable business model.

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  • Stay on top of collateral value

    August / September 2021
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 643

    Abstract: Lenders need to stay on top of the value of assets their borrowers pledge as collateral. This article explains that because asset values rise and fall depending on many factors and the required standard of value also may differ according to the circumstances, periodic formal asset appraisals are a good idea.

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  • Lending to a business on the wrong side of the COVID-19 economy

    August / September 2021
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 807

    Abstract: As the economy has reopened, some businesses that prospered during the lockdown have experienced a significant decrease in revenue through no fault of their own. To continue operating as going concerns, some of these businesses might need access to debt to redouble their efforts to capitalize on the market created by COVID-19 — or to reinvent the business in the face of declining revenues. This article offers some questions lenders should ask these borrowers to mitigate the risk of lending to them beyond the end of the pandemic.

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