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  • Can you lend to a convicted felon? Understanding the ins and outs

    October / November 2020
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 437

    Abstract: Not every loan applicant comes to a lender with a pristine background. Some prospective borrowers may have a criminal record. This article looks at the ins and outs of evaluating a loan application from a convicted felon. It offers several steps to take, such as including legal counsel in any meeting with the prospective borrower to ensure the process is fair, and reviewing the institution’s lending policies and procedures for guidance.

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  • Suggest contract compliance reviews to help borrowers

    October / November 2020
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 574

    Abstract: Companies are scrambling for any advantage that will help combat the current economic downturn. Monitoring contract compliance can help businesses create more liquidity at a crucial moment in their operations. This article points out that helping borrowers understand the importance of contract compliance reviews in possibly saving costs and generating cash flow will be beneficial to borrowers — and to lenders’ loan portfolios.

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  • How to uncover hidden liabilities in financial statements

    October / November 2020
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 553

    Abstract: When applying for loans, borrowers may try to appear more attractive to lenders by failing to disclose unfavorable financial information. But lenders have the responsibility to look further than financial statements to ensure they have everything they need to make a sound lending decision. This article explains how lenders can search for undisclosed liabilities and risks. It notes the importance of working with an accounting professional and the borrower’s management team to find and resolve any issues before the risks of a loan outweigh the rewards.

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  • Lending to restaurants after COVID-19

    October / November 2020
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 820

    Abstract: Restaurants have been struggling to maintain business and attract customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This article offers some factors to consider that can help assess the ongoing financial impact of the pandemic and whether lending to a restaurant is prudent in today’s uncertain conditions. Lenders need to look at a restaurant’s current financial performance, business strategies and compliance with government guidance, among other considerations. A sidebar suggests five questions lenders might want to ask prospective restaurant borrowers before meeting with their loan committees.

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  • Evaluate your borrowers in the aftermath of a cyberattack

    August / September 2020
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 401

    Abstract: When lending to a business that has just suffered a cyberattack, a lender needs to evaluate the extent of the attack, how the borrower responded and the implications for the business’s long-term health. This article lists some ways a lender can get a sense of the scope and severity of an attack. It also points out that lenders need to ensure they are lending to businesses with the appropriate security in place to prevent and detect subsequent attacks.

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  • Code red! Recognize the symptoms of financial distress

    August / September 2020
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 656

    Abstract: Many businesses are still reeling from the economic downturn triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Lenders need to distinguish those businesses whose financial troubles are temporary from those whose operations signal insolvency or other serious problems. This article offers a refresher on the typical warning signs of a borrower’s financial distress, including problems with working capital, credit lines and collateral values.

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  • What are the best analytic tools in a down economy?

    August / September 2020
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 641

    Abstract: In an uncertain economy, lenders need to use all possible methods available to help analyze and evaluate potential and current borrowers’ financial health going forward. This article highlights two useful approaches to add to the mix: breakeven analysis and burn rate. These techniques can help lenders determine how stable and likely to prosper their borrowers are.

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  • Turning on a dime – How to evaluate borrowers pivoting due to COVID-19

    August / September 2020
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 845

    Abstract: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing relief legislation, including the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, many businesses have pivoted to reposition themselves and take advantage of new opportunities and directions to pursue. This article notes that lenders will have to pivot as well and offers suggestions on how they can evaluate borrowers’ pivot strategies to ensure that loans to these borrowers remain profitable. A sidebar suggests some ways lenders can help their borrowers rebuild financial strength.

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  • Bank Wire

    Summer 2020
    Newsletter: Community Banking Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 436

    Abstract: This brief summary of recent developments in community banking explains that the federal banking agencies have issued a rule temporarily offering appraisal relief to real estate transactions affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) national emergency. It also notes that the Federal Reserve Board has relaxed a restriction on savings accounts transfers and points out that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act defers payroll taxes, also temporarily. Finally, the article discusses the results of a recent survey of community banks.

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  • Will CECL affect your incentive compensation plans?

    Summer 2020
    Newsletter: Community Banking Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 561

    Abstract: For most community banks, the current expected credit loss (CECL) model doesn’t take effect until 2023. Nevertheless, given the impact on banks’ financial statements and accounting processes, it’s a good idea to start preparing as early as possible. This article points out that it’s important for banks to understand CECL’s potential impact on incentive compensation plans. It discusses the impact of the new rules and what steps banks should take to prepare to implement the rules.

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  • Take steps now to handle liquidity risk

    Summer 2020
    Newsletter: Community Banking Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 632

    Abstract: As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, businesses and banks are suffering under nearly unprecedented economic pressures that are likely to play out for some time. This article notes that it’s more important than ever for community banks to set up appropriate strategies, policies, procedures and limits to manage and mitigate their liquidity risk. These may include ensuring effective board and management oversight and implementing appropriate liquidity risk measurement and monitoring systems, among other steps.

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  • Keeping credit viable during a crisis – CARES Act helps community banks assist their borrowers

    Summer 2020
    Newsletter: Community Banking Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 883

    Abstract: In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic’s negative impact on the U.S. and global economies, federal lawmakers have taken a number of steps to stimulate the economy and sustain credit flow — including passing the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This article discusses several of the act’s provisions designed to help community banks extend credit to struggling businesses and individuals. A sidebar looks at whether banks might be entitled to refunds of prior years’ taxes.

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  • 7 ways to improve business credit ratings

    June / July 2020
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 419

    Abstract: While businesses continue to struggle with the ramifications of coronavirus (COVID-19), banks continue to receive applications for traditional loans. Some may meet lending criteria, but others may fall short due to the impact of the pandemic. This article offers seven simple steps loan applicants can take to meet an institution’s credit standards.

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  • Know the warning signs – Monitoring accounts receivable can minimize default risk

    June / July 2020
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 656

    Abstract: Accounts receivable represent the amount of money that customers owe a borrower for purchases. If a borrower pledges accounts receivable as collateral to qualify for a loan or line of credit, the lender typically claims them to cover losses if the borrower defaults on repaying its debts. But poorly maintained or fraudulent balances hobble lenders’ ability to recover losses. This article discusses the importance of monitoring borrowers’ accounts receivable to ensure they’re legitimate and collectible.

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  • How to help borrowers build long-term value

    June / July 2020
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 602

    Abstract: Bringing fresh ideas and concepts to the market is how entrepreneurs succeed. But sustaining that success over time requires a different mindset. This article offers some ways to help borrowers transition to long-term sustainability and growth, such as creating business plans and developing marketing and branding strategies.

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  • Should you lend to a business with a track record of lawsuits?

    June / July 2020
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 821

    Abstract: Businesses may be subject to lawsuits for a multitude of reasons. While a lawsuit doesn’t, in and of itself, mean that the business or its leadership engaged in wrongdoing, it could affect the degree of inherent risk associated with any lending arrangements. This article suggests four steps lenders can take to evaluate the risk associated with pending lawsuits. The steps can help determine whether it makes sense to proceed with a prospective borrower’s application. A short sidebar discusses questions to ask about current and previous litigation to help understand the legal risk a prospective borrower faces.

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