How can Strunk’s software help with your vendor management program?

Regulators take compliance with vendor management regulations seriously due to the critical role third-party vendors play in delivering products and services. Using third-party services can increase the risk of a banking organization, but this does not mean that the organization can neglect its responsibility to perform all activities in a safe and sound manner. It is the responsibility of the organization to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including those related to consumer protection and security of customer information. What exactly are the Regulators looking for in a Vendor Management program? Regulators will look for your program to have structure, be consistent, and have accountability. Strunk’s software can be your perfect solution to achieve your objectives. Let’s take a closer look at how it can help you.

The first thing that needs to be accomplished is to have the right structure for your program. The financial institution needs to have a well-documented policy describing how your board and senior management intend to execute vendor management. Strunk’s Policy Manager Software can provide your financial institution with a structured, centralized single source of truth for your organization’s policies. You can also use Policy Manager to document all of your procedures, including links to policies, ownership responsibilities, automated change logging, and multiple file attachments. If your financial institution does not currently have a vendor management documented policy, Strunk can start you off with our recommended standard policy.

Next, the financial institution must establish a consistent framework for implementing the policy that was established. Strunk’s Vendor Manager software can streamline and standardize the entire process. The Vendor Manager software is designed to transform a complicated process into a more organized and self-documenting workflow. It helps to streamline and automate the process, making it more efficient and easier to manage.

The financial institution must be accountable for its vendor management program. Strunk’s Risk Assessor software can assist in identifying what risk your organization must consider with your Vendor Management program, while also mapping what controls and procedures are in place for that risk.

Preparing for your next Vendor Management exam is crucial for your financial institution. Strunk offers several tools that can help you in this regard. While regulators do not expect perfection, they do expect progress and performance. By utilizing Strunk’s software and expertise, you can ensure that you are up-to-date and organized for your upcoming exam. This will make exam time much easier.

Credit Unions: Size Matters When Making Loans

When making auto loans most credit unions look at the term of the loan, the age of the car or truck, and the creditworthiness of the member when determining the rate for the loan. Most institutions look at loan to value, debt to income and/or the credit score of the member before deciding to make or decline the loan request. But, very few credit unions look at the size of the loan when setting rates and all of them are missing out on a huge opportunity.

The three main factors when trying to meet profitability goals from a consumer loan portfolio are: 1) creditworthiness of the borrower; 2) term of the loan and 3) SIZE of the loan. Most financial institutions consider the size of the loan by the age of the vehicle. Many years ago the age was a good substitute for the size of the loan but not anymore.

Small dollar car loans are not nearly as profitable as larger loans when factoring in the costs associated with underwriting and servicing these installment loans. Even if the credit report and term of the loan are equal when evaluating a loan, credit unions should not offer the same rate for a $10,000 loan vs. a $25,000 loan, or a $50,000 loan.

Strunk’s loan pricing solution factors in all drivers of profitability and we will help you set rates based on your credit union’s target return. The tool is very inexpensive, easy to use, and will increase your credit union’s bottom line. In a recent meeting with a 25 year tenured CEO of a credit union she said “I’ve never heard of looking at the size of a loan to determine the rate for a loan. When can we get signed up?”

Contact Strunk 800.728.3116 or at to learn more about our loan and deposit pricing solution.

Save with Strunk’s Effective Risk Management Tools

Strunk is best known for our fee income improvement programs, including Overdraft Privilege, Rewards Checking and Value Checking. Strunk is also well known for assisting community financial institutions with their risk management and compliance processes using our software.

Strunk offers five comprehensive, easy-to-use, and affordable compliance management tools:

Risk Assessor helps prepare comprehensive risk assessments consistent with regulatory or other requirements, in days, not weeks.

Policy Manager organizes all policy documents into a single database, mapped to the relevant standards and control procedures.

Controls Manager schedules tests of policy compliance and tracks test results.

Vendor Manager is a specialized tool for managing vendor risk that standardizes risk assessment methodology and organizes all vendor related documentation.

Issues Manager is a centralized database for tracking all compliance issues and incidents across your entire organization.

According to Dan Roderick, CEO, “Strunk’s Risk Manager solution brings efficiency to the process and allows our clients to focus on their highest areas of risk. The solution is comprehensive but simple to use, which is something I wish I’d had access to in my days as a banker.”

All our tools are securely and reliably hosted with Amazon AWS, making them available on a variety of devices from anywhere. Risk Manager facilitates remote work and will greatly enhance your internal control and risk management processes and save time – all for one low annual fee.

If you are paying another vendor an annual fee for any one of these tools today, invest just 30 minutes to review our solution suite. We can add valuable services – and may be able to SAVE you money as well! Check out our tools today:

Consumers Continue Wanting Access to ODP

Consumers desire Overdraft Privilege as a financial product due to the wide array of choices available to them. In a Morning Consult survey, it was found that 9 out of 10 consumers consider their bank’s overdraft privilege valuable. So, what makes this product so valuable to consumers?

  1. Consumer’s payment will clear instead of being returned, which can be less expensive. Sometimes consumers make mistakes when paying bills and accidentally overdraw their account. Because the consumer has overdraft privilege, the bills are paid instead of returned and it prevents late fees, NSF fees, and re-presentment fees. Overdraft privilege provides relief to consumers by ensuring their bills are paid, even if they miscalculated their bank account balance or forgot about a pending payment that hasn’t cleared yet. This feature significantly reduces their worries and potential financial stress.
  2. Consumers will have funds available if they need them. Although it is generally not advisable, there may be situations where overdrawing your bank account is necessary. For example, let’s say it’s the weekend and the banks are closed, and you have an emergency that requires a visit to the hospital. However, the emergency room won’t provide treatment until you pay a $100 co-payment. Unfortunately, you only have $10 in your checking account. Fortunately, you have overdraft privilege, which means you can make the payment even if it incurs a fee.
  3. Not being embarrassed because of returned payments. When you use overdraft privilege, the recipient of your payment won’t know that your bank account has insufficient funds. Instead, they will see that your payment has been credited as expected.

Despite Congress trying to modify overdraft services, we recognize the importance and necessity for consumers to have access to such programs. Overdraft services provide a significant source of liquidity for many Americans. By having access to overdraft privileges, consumers can be assured that they can make timely payments for their rent or utility bills, thus preventing any late fees, utility shut-offs, or even eviction

Hosted ODP Manager and Institution IP Address Validation

Strunk recommends as a best practice that institutions provide a list of IP addresses or ranges that are permitted to access the Strunk software. This ensures that users not only have a valid username and password, but also are logging into the software from an allowed IP address. Strunk can configure this feature once an institution’s allowed public IP addresses are provided.

When this option is configured, a user’s IP address is checked at login against the list of allowed IP addresses. If the IP address is not on the list, an error is displayed that shows the current IP address of the user. If the user later logs in from an allowed IP or if the IP address is added to the Allowed IP address list, the user will be able to log in successfully.

As an alternative to providing a list of allowed IP addresses, the hosted ODP Manager software can require a user to provide a PIN. If the IP address is new for the user or if the IP address has not been verified by the user in the last thirty days, a PIN number will be required. The user will request a PIN be sent to the email on record. Once the PIN is entered, the user will be able to login. Strunk can configure this feature upon request.

If you have any questions about these options in hosted ODP Manager, please contact Strunk Support at to find out more.

Strunk’s Loan Pricing Solution Will Increase Income

Over the past 30 years Strunk has helped over 1,800 community financial institutions increase income with a variety of innovative products and services. Their most recent solution is a loan and relationship pricing tool that will increase your bank’s net interest margin.

Starting in 1993, Strunk was the pioneer in overdraft privilege programs which turned out to be the best fee income idea in the history of our industry. Bankers would say “How can we increase fee income with a formal overdraft program without raising prices?” Our strategy substantially increased fee income while consumers benefited at the same time by not paying the retailer’s fee for returned checks.

Then in 2007, Strunk became an original investor in BancVue which later changed their name to Kasasa. Bankers would say “How can we afford to offer 6.5% on a checking account without cannibalizing all of our accounts and increase our debit card transactions at the same time?” Guess what, the reward checking program (Kasasa) doubled debit card transactions, increased the number of accounts using online statements, and new deposits far outweighed cannibalized accounts.

Prior to Dan Roderick’s, Strunk’s CEO, group purchasing Strunk in 2013 he ran the largest loan pricing solution in the market. It was very expensive yet very popular. Working with over 400 banks across the country, he helped them their net interest margin with very little effort.

Strunk’s loan pricing solution is very inexpensive, easy to use, and will increase your bank’s bottom line, just like what we have been doing for our industry since 1993.

Contact Strunk 800.728.3116 or at to learn more about our loan and relationship pricing solution.

Use ODP Manager to Inform Customers about Reg E Opt-In

On consumer accounts, ATM and everyday debit card transactions cannot be included in Overdraft Privilege unless the customer has opted in. Customers can opt in for Reg E at account opening but they may also opt in later. The four options to opt in for the ATM and everyday debit card coverage are: in person at a branch, over the phone, by mail, or electronically.

The Consent Form for Overdraft Services (A-9 form) informs customers about what they need to know about overdrafts and overdraft fees. It also reiterates a customer’s options for opting in and provides them the form to submit by mail. ODP Manager allows institutions to provide an account’s Regulation E Opt-in Status in the file that is imported daily. This allows the hosted software to send different letter templates to customers who have opted in or not opted in for the ATM and everyday debit card coverage.

Strunk’s standard letter templates for the Welcome and Reinstatement letters include the A-9 form for customers who have not already opted in. The Reg E Opt-in Followup Letter template is also provided so that customers with OD limits that have not opted in receive information about ATM and everyday debit card coverage opt-in at least once a year. If a customer has already opted in, their letters highlight that they already have the ATM and everyday debit card coverage. By allowing customers the Reg E opt-in information when overdraft limits are assigned, when overdraft limits are reinstated, or annually, ODP Manager may allow customers to have more opportunities to opt in for Reg E.

ODP Manager can also allow customers to submit their Reg E Opt-in election electronically. Strunk would create an online form that mirrors an institution’s A-9 form. This form would then be linked directly from an institution’s website. Email confirmations are generated when forms are submitted. The submissions are tracked in ODP Manager so that users can generate a list of accounts that need an updated Reg E election.

If you have any questions about the Reg E Opt-in form options in hosted ODP Manager, please contact Strunk Support at to find out more.

Vendor Management Breakdown

Over the years, banking partnerships with FinTechs have grown in number and complexity. Third-party risk management has become a growing focus for supervisory and enforcement agencies in recent years. To facilitate the increase in such relationships, the Board of the Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), have released a final joint guidance to assist institutions in mitigating risks linked with third-party relationships.

Although it is stated that the guidance does not have the authority to impose new requirements on banking organizations, each agency will still assess their supervised banking organizations’ risk management of third-party relationships as part of their regular supervisory procedures. This includes evaluating the level of risk and the effectiveness of risk management to ensure that all activities comply with relevant laws and regulations and are conducted in a secure and sound manner. The guidance also emphasizes that corrective measures, such as enforcement actions, may be taken by the agencies if there are any violations of laws and regulations or unsafe banking practices by the banking organization or its third party.

Strunk’s Vendor Manager software has undergone a review to ensure that it aligns with the Final Guidance for efficient management of third-party relationships. Strunk has proposed some areas of improvement to enable our clients to clearly outline the structure of each third party and identify potential risks, as well as the appropriate measures to manage them easily. With our latest release on September 6th, 2023, you can view the new upgrades that have been added.

Here, you can find a document comparing the Interagency Guidance of Third-Party Relationships: Risk Management with Strunk’s Vendor Manager software.

Loan Pricing Tool That Will Increase Net Interest Margin

Historically, loan pricing solutions for community banks were not affordable and only the larger or regional banks used them. The competition for lending generally dictates the rate offered to the customer. There are several factors that go into loan profitability but the three main drivers are the risk of the borrower, size of the loan, and term of the loan.

Here is an example of how a loan pricing solution can help your bank win more deals. A community bank shared a recent deal that they lost due to pricing/structure of the loan. The bank had a client that was purchasing a dump truck and wanted to borrow $100K. The bank offered Prime – 1% (7.5%) fixed with a five year amortization and a 1% upfront fee. The borrower who had $25K in deposits and no other relationship only wanted to pay 7.25% with no fee on the loan.

The bank did not have a pricing solution to determine the profitability of the loan/relationship so their line in the sand was Prime – 1% with a $1K fee. The borrower went elsewhere for the $100K loan (the $25K deposit hasn’t left the bank yet…as of this writing) and the bank lost out on the interest income.

After running the loan opportunity through Strunk’s Loan Pricing solution, the bank should have made the loan at 7.25% with no fee since it would result in a 17.95% annualized return…rather than let their customer go somewhere else. The net income from this one lost loan opportunity would more than pay for the Strunk loan solution for a whole year.

Now is a great time to look at an inexpensive, easy to use loan pricing tool to see if it is a fit for your financial institution. Increasing your Net Interest Margin is easy. Contact Strunk at 800.728.3116 or at to learn more about our loan and relationship pricing solution.

Know the Importance of a Relationship’s Profitability

Pricing can be a challenge for all community financial institutions. Most CFIs overprice their largest, most valuable customers and underprice their smaller, least profitable customers. This can be an alarming prospect, since as a result we end up giving the best deal to those who contribute the least to the bottom line and at the same time run the risk of losing our most profitable relationships.

Understanding the drivers of profitability on commercial customer relationships and making decisions based on that knowledge is of the utmost importance. Strunk’s Pricing Manager solution provides a robust relationship profitability feature to assist with determining the profitability of each customer quickly and easily.

The solution contains ROE targets that are used to determine the return on capital. ROE is what really matters most to our shareholders. These targets are customizable by product type and not only drive profitability, but also consistency across all loan types and lenders. Additionally, utilizing these drivers effectively will allow you to structure deals that work for the bank while at the same time, work for the borrower as well.

Strunk’s Pricing Manager also allows users to model the deposit relationship associated with each borrower and will illustrate whether that deposit brings any pricing power to the overall relationship. Positive profitable deposits add value for the bank and a pricing tool prevents lenders from using deposits as an excuse to price down a loan.

Pricing Manager is a powerful tool, it is affordable, and comes with a Money Back Guarantee! Contact us today at 800-728-3116 or for a demo of the all-new Pricing Manager or click here to learn more.