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Making the Switch from Tracking Insurance to a Blanket Policy

Submitted by Tod Hastings on June 30, 2022

Many of our current customers that have elected to implement blanket insurance to mitigate the risk of uninsured or under-insured collateralized loans did so from some type of insurance tracking program.  Some were tracking internally, and some were outsourcing the function to a third party.  Two questions they all had in common as they considered moving to a blanket program were, “How do we make this switch?” and “What kind of work will be involved on our end?”

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Growth in Community Banking: Balancing Increased FTE Expense with Improved Process Efficiencies

Submitted by Brian J. Ruhe on June 22, 2022

Across various parts of the country, community banks and credit unions are experiencing massive overall growth. This has led to faster growth in return on asset ratios, higher net interest margins, and higher loan growth rates. Even with looming economic hurdles on the horizon and talks of an impending recession, executives at these community financial institutions are trying to strike the balance between managing the growth, maintaining operational efficiency, maximizing talent management, and navigating new employee hiring cycles. At an elevated level, let’s focus on this continuous attempt for community lenders to find the balance on these multiple fronts.

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They're Here! Are rising interest rates affecting your loan production?

Submitted by Blaine Moricle on June 06, 2022

Current Environment

If you’ve been following my articles over the last two years, you will know I have agreed with most experts that interest rates would rise at some point in 2020 or 2021. Well, it may not be 2020 or 2021, but to quote a famous line from the 1982 movie Poltergeist, “They’re here.”

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Insurance Vendor Management: Disaster Recovery and Information Security

Submitted by Brian Barnett on May 23, 2022

In this series on Insurance Vendor Management, we talked about the specialization of the insurance company and the agent,  The 9 Critical Steps for Insurance Vendor Management, the fact that All Policies are Not Created Equal, and Insurance Company Ratings. In this article, we cover Disaster Recovery Plans and Information Security. Let's dive in!

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What are insurance company ratings and why are they important?

Submitted by Brian Barnett on May 02, 2022

In our series on Insurance Vendor Management, we have covered the 9 Critical Steps for Insurance Vendor Management, Specialization of the Insurance Company and the Agent, How to Evaluate an Insurance Policy, and Claims and Administration of the Policy. In this article, we discuss the Ratings and Financials of the Insurer. 

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Insurance Vendor Management: Service and Claims (Part 4)

Submitted by Brian Barnett on April 21, 2022

In this series on Insurance Vendor Management for Lenders, we discussed how to evaluate an insurance policy, the specialization of the insurance company and the agent, and the 9 Critical Steps for Insurance Vendor Management. In this article, we tackle claims and administration of the policy. 

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