NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) releases this month’s edition of the newsletter, Bank Treasurers Try to be Thankful, which reports on the recent steepening in the yield curve and how some bank treasurers have taken advantage of a short window to add duration to their bond portfolios, while others have continued to reduce non-core funding.
With Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) just a little more than a month away from its effective date, bank managers are beginning to concede that the accounting rule could have a negative effect on bank appetite and pricing for consumer loans. Also, with two years and a month before LIBOR is decommissioned by the ICE and replaced by the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR), banks are looking at alternatives to SOFR, including Ameribor and the Bank Yield Index, which offer key advantages relative to SOFR and track LIBOR more closely than that rate.
Finally, technological spending by banks continues to grow. While the arms race between artificial intelligence, machine learning software, and the ease of mobile banking has destabilized the foundation of banking around core deposit funding, it has also offered the promise of a more level playing field for banks of all sizes.
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