2022

Feature: Effects of Pandemic Unlike Previous Financial Crisis
June 28, 2022
While the COVID-19 pandemic brought uncertainty across the financial sector, community banks have fared better than in the previous financial crisis.

Highlight: Unrealized losses mount across securities portfolios
June 13, 2022
As a result of recent interest rate increases and the lengthening of maturities in securities portfolios during the pandemic, unrealized positions in available-for-sale (AFS) securities have dropped to record lows.

Highlight: Earnings support dividends and moderate declining leverage ratio trend at community banks
May 11, 2022
Higher earnings in 2021 have supported continued dividend payouts and capital growth to moderate the downward pressure of deposit-fueled asset growth on community bank leverage ratios.

Highlight: Continued deposit growth fueling growth in liquid assets
April 15, 2022
Deposits continued to grow at a substantial pace for community banks in 2021, further expanding balance sheets with banks holding the majority of these funds in cash and securities.

Highlight: Provision Expenses Reach Historic Lows in 2021
March 8, 2022
As a result of recent interest rate increases and the lengthening of maturities in securities portfolios during the pandemic, unrealized positions in available-for-sale (AFS) securities have dropped to record lows.

Highlight: Merger Activity Started to Pick Up in the Second Half of 2021
February 22, 2022
As the economy has started to rebound from the COVID‐19 pandemic, merger activity at community banking organizations (CBOs) has also started to rebound.

Highlight: Asset maturity and repricing dates extend to historic highs
January 5, 2022
With interest rates at historic lows and balance sheets inflated, community banks are extending maturity and repricing dates on loan and security portfolios to maintain profitability.

2021

External LinkHighlight: Community Bank Loan Growth Driven by Increases in Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Loans
December 17, 2021
Community bank CRE loans have grown consistently each quarter since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, while growth in other loan categories has been muted.

External LinkHighlight: Deposit Market Share Relatively Unchanged Through Pandemic
November 24, 2021
The share of deposits in community banking organizations (CBOs)* remains relatively unchanged since the COVID-19 pandemic with CBOs continuing to hold significant deposits in many counties across the U.S.

External LinkHighlight: Balance sheet growth pressures community bank capital ratios
November 1, 2021
Significant balance sheet expansion since the onset of the pandemic is driving lower capital ratios at community banks.

External LinkHighlight: Community banks continue to play a pivotal role for small businesses
October 14, 2021
Community banks continue to support local communities by actively lending to small businesses and participating in the Paycheck Protection Program despite a smaller share in total industry loans.

External LinkFeature: Revenues Elevated Despite Distorted Profitability Metrics
September 29, 2021
Asset growth driven by economic stimulus programs has caused many traditional profitability measures, which utilize asset volumes in the calculations, to fall. However, dollar volumes of revenues are up, and expenses are down, resulting in community bank income levels at historic highs. Bottom line returns could face future challenges with continued depressed net interest margins and current provision expenses at exceptionally low levels.

External LinkHighlight: Surge in deposits has caused plummeting loan-to-deposit ratio
August 31, 2021
The rush of deposits into community banks* caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with low loan demand, has caused loan-to-deposit ratios to fall to nearly 30-year lows.

External LinkHighlight: Problem asset levels remain low, but uncertain future remains
August 4, 2021
While problem assets at community banks* remain at low levels, the volume of loans modified during the COVID-19 pandemic indicates an uncertain future.

External LinkHighlight: Profitability improving, though net interest income remains compressed
July 22, 2021
While net interest income has fallen to historic lows, earnings are comparable to pre-pandemic levels.