Editors'picks for the week include a look at subprime auto originationtrends in the first quarter and a feature about small banks and credit unionsthat are building their brands using the same marketing strategies as craftbreweries.
Thecraft beers of banking
Some small banks and credit unions are building theirbrands using the same marketing strategies as craft breweries — an emphasis onthe small, the local and the authentic.
Subprime autoorigination trends vary by lender
A selection of first-quarter earnings reports showsdiverging trends in subprime auto loan production in a competitive and closelywatched marketplace.
Creditunion challenges lead some to consider bank conversion
Credit unions that are growing — or want to grow —have in some cases become more concerned with their constricted ability toconduct business on equal footing with banks. That frustration occasionallyleads institutions such as HAR-COCredit Union to consider a conversion.
Buildingin Atlanta conjures up memories of the past
Construction in the Atlanta market is heating upagain, and many banks are hoping that history will not repeat itself. Followersof the Atlanta market say that activity has not reached the overheated levelswitnessed just before the Great Recession, and note that the memories of thecrisis that claimed scores of banks in Atlanta remain firmly in many communitybankers' minds.
Communitybanking 'not for the fainthearted,' but revenue opportunities exist
In the first quarter of 2016, many community banks sawsizable year-over-year growth in operating revenue amid acquisitions, regionalpockets of strength and improving loan growth. This analysis looks at bankswith less than $10 billion in assets that, as of April 22, had reportedearnings for the quarter ended March 31.