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Thursday, January 21, 2021
Karen Kislin

By Karen Kislin and Jan Trifts, Strategic Advisors

New Year’s Day historically has been a time to reflect on the past year and make promises or resolutions to be better in the new year. Over the past 4,000 years of this tradition, the most common resolutions have consistently focused on health, including exercising more and eating healthier, as well as saving more money to be financially healthier.

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Thursday, January 14, 2021
Bill Handel

It’s good to have 2020 in the rearview mirror.

Raddon will provide more detailed predictions for 2021 in an upcoming Raddon Report, but suffice it to say we don’t work from a crystal ball. For 2020, we did not predict a pandemic, a 31 percent decline in GDP in second quarter and a 33 percent growth figure for GDP in the third quarter. Yes, it’s fair to say we’re all glad to have 2020 behind us.

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Thursday, January 7, 2021
Andrew Vahrenkamp

While we all hope that 2021 is less interesting than 2020 was, there’s no doubt we’ll continue to grapple with challenges and opportunities resulting from the pandemic. As we look to a new year, I consider these the top three issues financial institutions face.

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Thursday, December 10, 2020
Megan Cummins

The pandemic and its accompanying economic slowdown have compressed margins at banks and credit unions, putting pressure on earnings. To mitigate this impact, consider understanding how your accountholders contribute to the bottom line.  Are they bringing the necessary value as consumers of your products and services?

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Thursday, November 12, 2020
Marcus Rothaar

In the current pandemic environment, what are the keys to maintaining high performance for your organization? To help answer this question, let’s look at the some of the key characteristics of high-performing financial institutions and which of their traits are most critical right now.

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Thursday, November 5, 2020
Andrew Vahrenkamp

The COVID-19 pandemic has hastened trends that already existed in consumer banking, like the move to mobile. A more ominous shift risks the continued existence of smaller financial institutions.

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Thursday, October 29, 2020
Karen Kislin

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently downgraded its global economic growth predictions for 2021 due to the deeper, negative impact COVID-19 has had during the first half of 2020, as well as the slower recovery rate in the second half of this year as previously predicted. In the report, the IMF emphasized how abnormally large the uncertainties surrounding their predictions are due to the lack of clarity regarding the health crisis.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020
Karen Kislin

It is strategic planning season again, and after the year we’ve had, there’s a lot to think about as financial institutions navigate ways to drive future growth. For many organizations, strategic planning will be conducted virtually in some form or another. Some may have portions of their team in one room, socially distancing and wearing masks, while other team members connect virtually. Other institutions will have everyone dialing in remotely.

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Thursday, October 8, 2020
Andrew Vahrenkamp

The pandemic has not been friendly to financial institutions’ bottom lines, and while some sectors of the economy show improvement, a possible second wave of the virus in the cooler months could worsen financial positions.

But the picture is not entirely bleak. COVID-19 has created an opportunity for banks and credit unions to build a part of their business that may have been something of an afterthought until now: wealth management.

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Thursday, August 20, 2020
Karen Kislin

Financial institutions navigated significant change in a short time to continue serving consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic. As markets begin opening in varying degrees, financial leaders are thinking about how to sustainably move forward in this new environment. Millennial and Gen Z research suggests the most trusted and authentic brands will survive.

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Thursday, August 6, 2020
Marcy Scanlin

Pandemic-forced branch closings and shifting demographics have highlighted and hastened the growing need for financial institutions to leverage market insights for acquisition, growth and retention. As strategic planning season approaches, it’s important to dedicate road maps and resources to reaching your best existing and potential consumers with timely offers through relevant channels.

Building long-term loyalty and high-value brand experiences depends on:

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Thursday, July 23, 2020
Marcus Rothaar

Raddon typically hits the road in June to host workshops across the western half of the country for participants in our Performance Analytics program. With COVID-19 putting a temporary halt to these in-person meetings, we shifted our workshops to a two-day online event with more than 900 financial services professionals. A sign of the times, 61 percent of attendees logged in to the event from their home offices, as did the Raddon team of presenters.

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Thursday, June 18, 2020
Jan Trifts

More than any year in generations, 2020 has brought a wave of uncertainty to the marketplace. But it has also spurred an innovative, thoughtful response from businesses across industries – especially financial services. As banks and credit unions take on the strategic planning process in this watershed year, they do so with a new vision toward customer and member service, branch management and even disaster recovery. 

 

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Thursday, June 11, 2020
Jan Trifts

As the foundation of the financial services industry, banks and credit unions must continue to manage day-to-day operations but also keep an eye toward the future, as the world feels its way through life during and after COVID-19. With the industry changing before our eyes, strategic planning in 2020 is even more critical to financial institutions.

The Future of Lending Can’t Get Here Soon Enough
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Greg Ulankiewicz

The economic impact of civic shutdowns, business closures and layoffs in response to combating the novel coronavirus places local banks and credit unions at the center of helping to preserve, if not salvage, the financial well-being of their communities.

On March 22, financial industry regulators released an interagency statement encouraging financial institutions to help borrowers and giving leeway on risk classification requirements for certain loan modifications amid COVID-19.

Deposit Product Recommendations
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Jan Trifts

By: Jan Trifts and Marcy Scanlin, Strategic Advisors

As the financial strain of shelter-in-place mandates wears on consumers, Raddon experts expect to see two divergent consumer deposit behaviors that financial institutions will need to address soon. First, some consumers will be looking for liquidity as they need immediate access to their money for living expenses. Second, some will be looking for longer-term options as a flight to safety as financial markets fluctuate.

Stronger Than Before
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Bill Handel

Although there are differing opinions and predictions about the long-term effects of COVID-19 on the economy, there is one undeniable truth: Right now, the consumer is in quite a state of concern. The focus and actions of financial institutions over the next several months – and perhaps longer – will be critical to our economic recovery process.

Longer-Term Implications of COVID-19
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Bill Handel

The economic impact of COVID-19 becomes increasingly significant as the lockdown extends. In the past five weeks, 26.5 million people filed initial claims for unemployment. To put this into perspective, that is almost as many people as those filing for unemployment in all of 2018, 2019 and the first 11 weeks of 2020 combined – a total of 115 weeks.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Jan Trifts

By:  Jan Trifts and Marcy Scanlin, Strategic Advisors

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, financial institutions are forced to shift priorities and protocols quickly as they protect the physical and financial health of their employees, customers and members.

Helping Small Businesses Survive COVID-19
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Marcus Rothaar

As many small businesses struggle to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, financial institutions have an opportunity to step in and extend a lifeline to small business owners, many of whom are relying on their financial institutions to provide resources, insight and stability.

By proactively reaching out to small business owners, instituting provisions to provide them relief, and connecting them with local, state and federal programs, financial institutions can make a meaningful difference now and create long-term loyalty among small business accountholders.