As impossible as it is to believe, we have been living in a global pandemic for an entire year. What began as a headline from a distant corner of the world quickly became a worldwide health crisis that continues to wreak havoc on our way of life and has, unfortunately, claimed the lives of too many of our fellow citizens.
Pub 10. 2020-2021 Issue 5
If asked one year ago, what would you have said would be the biggest disruption your bank would have to deal with in the coming year? Many of us would have answered with a similar list of potential challenges: Bitcoin, fintech, etc. Not one of us would have come up with a global pandemic. But here we are, 11 months into a pandemic that has changed so much of what we know and what we took for granted.
Since CECL was issued by FASB, most of the attention has been paid to data needs, modeling and forecasting in adopting CECL. However, for many institutions, the conversion of Purchased Credit Impaired (PCI) to Purchase Credit Deteriorated (PCD) and adjusting Impaired Loans to one of three CECL methods is equally important. The conversion to CECL requires the following significant steps once the historical dataset has been loaded, reconciled and validated.
This year has presented bank management teams with a multitude of issues to juggle, many of which seemingly pull in opposing directions and most of which were not firmly on the radar to start the year. Such is life in 2020. Some banks’ primary concerns stem from the fact that the industry has seen a shift in liquidity. Balance sheets are awash with deposits relative to recent periods, while securities holdings have come down relative to assets. The build-in balance sheet liquidity has come in the form of cash, with an unusually high 7.6% of assets held in cash and equivalents as of June 30.
The past several months have proven to create a lasting change in our banking ecosystem. This new normal’s immense pressure has forced financial institutions to adapt quickly to changing ecosystems, evolving customer needs and shifting regulatory frameworks. Fortunately, the demand for rapid change also presents an exciting opportunity for bank marketers to leverage digital power to drive their bank growth forward.
What budget is the first to get slashed in an economic downturn? As we all know, it’s marketing. As a former ad agency guy, I have lived through many a downturn. We always knew that we were the first to lose our jobs when times started to get tough. And, when times began to improve, we were always the last to return to work. There’s an old agency metaphor for spending money in a downturn. We said it was “like shooting at ducks that aren’t there.” Well, right now, a lot of banks are looking to save their No. 2 Steel for another day.
The formal study of risk management has been around since World War II and involves learning how to identify, assess and manage financial risks for an organization. It has long been associated with market insurance, protections from accidents and use of derivatives. It evolved into contingency planning, analyzing various risk prevention activities and portfolio management. Operational and liquidity risks emerged as a formalized concept in the 1990s as financial institutions intensified their market risk and credit risk management activities. Risk management has become a corporate affair — it is a major player in an institution’s management and monitoring policy decisions. The concept of risk began to cover pure risk management, technological risk management models and operational risk. And as the identification of new risks emerged, so did an expanded concept of operational risk.