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With the introduction and expansion of fintech through mobile apps, internet services, and digital banking, customers are demanding more convenient ways to accomplish their banking needs. Customers are no longer solely dependent upon the personal services provided at traditional bank branches. Jeff Morris, Managing Director and Principal of Austin’s Financial Management Division, and Steve Heckard, Managing Director of Austin’s Technology Solutions practice area, co-hosted this one-hour, complimentary webinar. These technologies are designed to meet customer demands, improve efficiencies, and expand product lines, but how do they impact a bank’s profitability? This webinar provided information on the impact of omni-channels on bank and branch profitability; the future of community bank branches; fintech applications that best serve community banks; and ways to analyze, plan for, and adapt new technologies.See More
“Evaluating Your Strategic Alternatives,” was presented by Craig Mancinotti and Rick Maroney, co-managers of Austin Associates’ Strategic Consulting practice area. The factors driving community bank consolidation are forcing boards of directors to take a hard look at the decision to remain independent. Margin compression exacerbated by the low rate environment, a slow growing economy, tepid loan demand in many markets and increased regulatory compliance costs, to name a few, have resulted in below average ROE performance and lackluster shareholder returns. As banks engage in their annual strategic planning, more and more boards are asking the question, “Should we evaluate our strategic alternatives?” To fully consider your options, the planning process requires substantial information and a willingness to challenge conventional thinking. This webinar was designed to provide a framework for your community bank to objectively and efficiently consider its strategic options.
Posted June 28, 2016 by Jeffrey L. Morris.
Jeff Morris hosted June’s webinar on Key Efficiency Drivers for Community Banks on Tuesday, June 28 at 11 a.m. This webinar was the third in a series on community bank profitability. The first two webinars, Seven Secrets of Consistently High-Performing Community Banks and The Critical Role of Operating Efficiency in Producing High-Performance Community Banks, generated an impressive level of interest among senior management teams from around the country. To continue this important conversation on profitability, Jeff discussed efficiency drivers for community banks including: the impact of the branch network on operating efficiency; three key measures of operating efficiency; common traits of high-efficiency community banks; and the next steps for improving efficiency ratios.See More
Posted May 25, 2016 by Jeffrey L. Morris.
This webinar on Wednesday, May 25 at 11 a.m. served as a continuation of our recent webinar on profitability: The Seven Secrets of Consistently High-Performing Community Banks held on March 22. Jeff Morris, Managing Director and Principal of Austin’s Financial Management practice area, presented information on the seven key attributes that drive consistent high performance for community banks, noting that above average operating efficiency plays a critical role. To achieve and maintain high performance, you must have an above average efficiency ratio. Jeff continued the discussion with key attributes and operating approaches of highly-efficient financial institutions; inter-relationships between high and low costs; and performance metrics of financial institutions that consistently rank above peers. He offered insights and recommendations that will make a difference in your bank’s profitability.See More
Posted May 18, 2016 by Jeffrey L. Morris.
Seven Secrets of Consistently High-Performing Credit Unions provides current, in-depth research that demonstrates some similarities with community banks, but this webinar also highlights the unique criteria that set high-performing credit unions apart from their peers.See More