As interest rates rise and the cost of doing business increases, bankers are challenged to figure out where we go from here. Many community banks face a huge loss in their bond portfolio due to the substantial increase in rates on US Treasury securities. Liquidity can be a problem as we have seen in some mid-sized banks. Community banks haven’t seen a run on deposits although there is pressure to compete for deposits from non-bank competitors.
Service charge and fee income has increased some since the 2020 pandemic but still are near historical lows. As banking regulators continue to scrutinize “junk” fees including overdraft fees, what alternatives does a bank have? Large banks have a multitude of ways to create service charge or fee income but smaller community banks aren’t so lucky. Banks with assets over $10B have to report NSF/OD income on their quarterly call report. Any bank with a concentration of income from this source is being criticized by the CFPB. Now community banks in some states are being asked the same question. More, not less regulation is coming.
What can you do? Strunk was the pioneer for the Overdraft Privilege program beginning in 1993 and it was the best fee income idea in the history of our industry. We have several other fee income programs that many financial institutions have implemented. High performing bankers are always thinking outside the box.
Contact Strunk at 800.728.3116 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about fee income programs offered by Strunk. You will be glad you did.