Pub15 2020-2021 Issue 4


Fighting Margin Compression in Today’s Rate Environment

How We Got Here
In 2009, some said interest rates had nowhere to go but up. Well, Treasury yields found a way to continue to go down and stay down. The Fed took seven years to increase the funds rate by a quarter point at the end of 2015, then another quarter point increase twelve months later, followed by seven more quarter point rate hikes in 2017 and 2018. All nine rate hikes were undone by the Fed in a short amount of time, with three of the rate cuts coming in the latter half of 2019 as part of a “mid-cycle adjustment.” The remaining cuts came in March as part of a historic monetary response from the Fed.


Tech Talk: The Board of Directors Proactive Cybersecurity Mindset

Board of Directors Responsibilities
Financial institutions are economic engines that drive our communities. At the head of each financial institution is a Board of Directors, who oversee and provide direction for the institution to ensure the operation and meet its customer needs. The responsibility for such oversight is massive and has evolved greatly over the last 10 years to include investments in technology and cybersecurity. The Board is held accountable to the institution’s shareholders, employees, depositors, the community they serve, and the regulators for the operations of an efficient, safe and sound institution.


Counselor’s Corner: Lessons from the Capital One Breach for All Banks

Capital One suffered a breach when credit card applications harvested from their server were posted on GitHub. Due to a misconfigured web-application, the information was accessible to individuals who had intimate knowledge of the flaw and the ability to exploit the misconfiguration. The flaw, however, was so esoteric that it could only have been known to or exploited by someone with very specialized knowledge or extensive experience in the configuration of the server.