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Negotiating Like a Boss

How does a $1.6B mutual bank in a small Massachusetts community find a way to drop more than $4.4 million in cash to their bottomline without changing a single IT supplier or interrupting one of their online customers? Simple. Beginning in 2014 they took the long-game view and intelligent approach to negotiating against their very…

2019 Alumni Association Golf Tournament

Sunday, July 21, 2019 8:00 a.m. Shotgun Start Walnut Creek Golf Preserve Westminster, CO   Come out and join fellow classmates, faculty, trustees, alumni and friends for a fun-filled day on the greens with a marvelous view of the Colorado Rocky Mountains! Walnut Creek Golf Preserve is located in Westminster, CO, just 20 minutes from Boulder….

Funding Costs Still on the Rise: Betas Hit the Accelerator

Over the past year, financial institutions across the country have seen an acceleration in funding costs. Historically, institutions have been successful in delaying rate increases on deposits during the initial stage of the rate cycle, then slowly increasing deposit rates for the second third of the cycle. From late 2015 through 2017, institutions enjoyed the…

GSBC Completes Community Bank Investments School

DENVER, COLO. – May 23, 2019 – The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC) is pleased to announce the completion of its second annual Community Bank Investments School.Twenty-eight community bankers from around the country completed the training, held May 19-23, at University of Colorado Denver Business School in Downtown Denver. The training is designed to provide participants an independent critique of opportunities and risks in better managing an investment portfolio.

2019 Scholarship Recipients Announced

GSBC is pleased to announce its 2019 scholarship recipients. The list of students below have received scholarships of approximately one-third of the three-year tuition to attend the Annual School Session. Approximately $100,000 in scholarships are funded by GSBC annually, and awards are made through partnerships with co-sponsoring bankers associations, intermediate schools of banking and the…

FDIC Chairman to Headline 69th Annual School Session

BOULDER, COLO. – Jelena McWilliams, Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), will deliver the opening keynote address of the 69th Annual School Session of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC) on July 15, 2019. “We are honored by the opportunity to host Chairman McWilliams at GSBC this July, and look forward to the insights she has to share with our student body on the state of community banking,” said GSBC President Tim Koch.

GSBC Announces 2019 Jentz Fellow

BOULDER, COLO. – The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC) will host its 2019 Jentz Fellowship recipient, Maggie Abney, executive-in-resident for banking and financial services at Eastern Kentucky University, at the 69th Annual School Session this July. The Jentz Fellowship was created in memory of the late Gaylord Jentz, Professor Emeritus at the University…

Recession Nearing? Portfolio Strategies for the Year Ahead

What a difference a few months make. In October 2018, the 10-year Treasury rate hit 3.25% and many market participants anticipated two more Federal Reserve rate hikes. The Treasury yield curve was modestly upsloping with longer-term rates above short-term rates. In recent days, the 10-year rate has fallen as low as 2.4% and the yield curve has inverted to where the 10-year rate is slightly below the 3-month Treasury rate.

2019 Student Rec Events Announced

Battle of the Classes 6:00 pm | Tuesday, July 23, 2019 Students will join forces with their fellow classmates to prove which year rules the field in a fun, co-ed night during the school session. Activities include field-day classics like the three-legged race, tug-of-war and egg and spoon races. Clear Creek Rafting Adventure 1:30 pm…

1st Quarter 2019 Fixed Income Portfolio Strategy Recommendation

Fed Chair Jay Powell said “there is not set path for interest rate policy” and the futures market shows almost no chance of a rate increase in 2019 (The highest odds of a hike currently show a 0.9% chance of a hike in the 3rd Quarter of 2019).  As Fed Chair Powell has repeatedly said, we…

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:
Click here to register as a member and get your own unique referral link.
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!