ALM First Financial Forum Offers Insights on Economy, Balance Sheet Opportunities& More

The Financial Forum, hosted by ALM First, is the premier event for financial executives to discover insights, formulate strategies, and gain new perspectives about the coming year. This year’s event was held last week at the beautiful Silverado Resort in Napa, California and included multiple networking opportunities in addition to the in-depth educational sessions.

ALM First’s Financial Forum kicked off with NCUA Board Member, Rodney Hood, sharing his thoughts on the resiliency of the credit union movement and providing insights on recent and future regulatory updates.

Jason Haley, ALM First’s Chief Investment Officer, shared his latest Economic & Market Update tailored specifically to financial institutions. While potential hiccups such as the delta variant and geopolitical concerns persist, the economy remains on solid footing. Fed leadership is still guiding for gradual tapering and there are signs of life in lending, but interest margins are under pressure. Haley advised financial institutions to focus on profitable risk management, including disciplined asset pricing and capital utilization.

Several ALM First experts discussed how banks and credit unions can navigate the mortgage market, sharing potential benefits and best practices for effective mortgage pipeline hedging. According to Alec Hollis, CFA and Managing Director, community financial institutions have an opportunity to lead with mortgages and should consider all the profitability levers available as they grow.

Two in-depth panel discussions, “Understanding the Opportunity and Managing the Risks of Cannabis Banking” and “Harnessing the Power of Slack Availability in Your Balance Sheet” rounded out the content-rich first day of the  Financial Forum. The panels included the diverse perspectives of regulators, banks and credit unions as they shared  their personal experiences in the areas of cannabis banking, digital finance, participations and securitizations. The second day of ALM First’s Financial Forum featured two different tracks developed for financial executive and board member audiences. The executive track kicked off with a discussion of loan pricing, transactions and profitability before diving into the subordinated debt market, strategies to keep up with rising employee benefits costs and the impact of credit modeling on capital management in a series of in-depth sessions led by ALM First’s team of expert speakers.

Board members learned more about managing margin compression, net worth and overall performance, then discussed ALM fundamentals and balance sheet strategies. The board track wrapped up with a session on how to determine the right level of capital for your institution, which was led by Emily Hollis, CFA and CEO of ALM First.

On the third and final day of the Forum, three interactive discussions explored Merger &  Acquisition Considerations, BOLI/COLI alternatives and how new financial regulations could  impact the business of depositories. The annual ALM First Financial Forum is the must-attend event for everyone involved in managing or monitoring  the balance sheet including CEOs, CFOs, Senior Management, Controllers, Treasury Staff, ALCO and Board Members. More information about ALM First’s 2022 Financial Forum and other educational events may be found at About ALM First ALM First is a strategic partner for depositories, offering an array of financial advisory services. Since 1995, our expertise in asset/liability management, fixed income portfolio management and hedging, has allowed us to deliver deeper insights into financial institutions’ balance sheets, strengthening their financial performance and building efficiencies. With more than $65 billion of investments under management (as of June 30, 2021), ALM First Financial Advisors is an SEC-registered investment advisor, acting as an unbiased third party, offering commission-free, fee-based services to over 300 financial institutions across the country. “ALM First” is a brand name for a financial services business conducted by ALM First Group, LLC (“ALM First”) through its wholly owned subsidiaries: ALM First Financial Advisors, LLC (“ALM First Financial Advisors”); ALM First Advisors, LLC (“ALM First Advisors”); and ALM First Analytics, LLC (“ALM First Analytics”).  Investment advisory services are offered through ALM First Financial Advisors, an SEC registered investment adviser. Access to ALM First Financial Advisors is only available to clients pursuant to an Investment Advisory Agreement and acceptance of ALM First Financial Advisors’ Brochure. The content in this message is provided for informational purposes and should not be relied upon as  recommendations or financial planning advice. We encourage you to seek personalized advice from qualified  professionals regarding all personal finance issues.