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Curriculum Enhancements Coming to 69th Annual School Session

The competitive landscape for community banks is constantly evolving. Following the 2018 school session, I formed a curriculum review committee to examine the student evaluations of the courses and faculty and to incorporate their diverse expertise to suggest changes. The objective was to ensure that the curriculum reflect the core topics, concepts, and analytical/leadership tools that community bankers need to understand to best lead their organizations and also to address key issues that community banks currently face.

The 2019 Gold Rush Referral Program is Here

Alumni and students are eligible to earn great rewards by encouraging colleagues to enroll in the following GSBC programs:

69th Annual School Session
Executive Development Institute for Community Bankers®
Community Bank Investments School

How to Participate:
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Share your referral link with prospective students by February 1, 2019 via email or social media to receive a $25 Lands’ End Store Apparel Gift Certificate.
If your referred candidate(s) complete the request information form on your unique link and enroll by February 15, 2019, you’ll receive a $200 cash reward for each one!

GSBC Awards Diplomas to 11 Graduates of Executive Development Institute for Community Bankers®

BOULDER, COLO. – The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC) is pleased to announce that eleven individuals have recently graduated from the Executive Development Institute for Community Bankers® (EDI), a rigorous 19-month leadership development program for up-and-coming executive officers of community banks. The graduates are pictured left to right: Robby Harmon, TriStar Bank, Dickson,…

GSBC Concludes 68th Annual School Session, Announces Class of 2018

The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC) awarded diplomas to the 164-member class of 2018 at its annual graduation celebration July 26, at University of Colorado’s Folsom Field in Boulder, Colo.

Minnesota Banker, Alum to Lead GSBC in 2019

Andy Noll, president, First Farmers & Merchants National Bank, Fairmont, Minn., has been appointed chair of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC) for 2019.

Noll’s career with First Farmers & Merchants National Bank spans 25 years. In addition to serving as president, he also serves as senior vice president of its holding company, 215 Holding Co., which operates offices in 15 communities across Southern Minnesota.

Kansas, Nebraska Bankers Elected to Board of Trustees

The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC) has recently elected bankers to leadership roles for the Board of Trustees. Barry Lockard, president and chief executive officer, Cornhusker Bank, Lincoln, Nebraska and Lance White, president and chief executive officer Flint Hills Bank, Wamego, Kansas.

Federal Debt: An Accident Waiting to Happen

The U.S. is facing a federal debt crisis. With current and anticipated federal deficits over the coming years, the amount of outstanding federal debt held by the public is expected to rise sharply. Interest payments on this debt are similarly expected to rise given this higher debt load and the consensus that interest rates will generally rise in the near future.

GSBC to Honor Hoenig, 29th Scarboro Award Recipient

BOULDER, COLO. — The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC) is pleased to announce Thomas M. Hoenig, immediate past vice chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and former president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, as the 29th recipient of the James C. Scarboro Award.

Community Bank Acquisition Due Diligence

The community bank mergers and acquisitions market is currently very active. While this has been the case for the past few years, the industry as a whole is in a much different place today than it was five years ago. During and coming out of the recession, much of the industry’s consolidation was born out of necessity—i.e., survival—and many of the “traditional” reasons for mergers and acquisitions, such as lack of succession or a price too good to refuse, were not predominant factors driving deals.

68th Annual School Session Keynote Speakers Announced

BOULDER, COLO. — GSBC is pleased to announce the keynote speaker lineup for the 68th Annual School Session. In addition to regularly scheduled courses during the two-week session, students will learn from these influential leaders each Monday of the session.

Federal Reserve Monetary Policy and Inflation

The U.S. Congress mandates that the Federal Reserve seek to achieve maximum employment, stable prices and moderate long-term interest rates in the U.S. The Federal Reserve itself operationalizes this “stable price” goal by stating that 2% annual inflation is “price stability”. This has never made sense to me. If prices rise 2% a year for…

Bull Market

Is the Bull Market in Bonds Over?

This past December, the Federal Reserve raised the federal funds rate target to between 1.25% and 1.50%. While two of the Fed presidents voted against the decision due largely to concerns that inflation and wage gains were still small and below expectations, Fed Chair Janet Yellen and the others referenced a strengthening labor market and growth in the aggregate economy to support the rate rise. Economic data released since the December decision have, in turn, created considerable uncertainty regarding the path of U.S. interest rates going forward.