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Bankers encouraged to avoid regulatory-inspired mediocrity

Winter 2014
Bank Owner

Shareholders and regulators often see eye-to-eye. Both groups want banks to avoid inappropriate risk. Regulators, however, have gone too far with policies for banks managing their securities portfolios, said Bart Smith of Performance Trust Capital Partners, Chicago. Smith spoke at the Bank Holding Company Association's Fall Seminar on Oct. 7.

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Dollars & Sense: Know the basics of bond strategies

December 6, 2014
New Haven Register

When it comes to your fixed income investments, is it better to take the seemingly simple approach of using bond funds, or is it better to take the more customizable approach of selecting individual bonds? “There are arguments to support both approaches, and the bottom line depends upon cost and effectiveness, the value of things like customizing cash flows and maximizing tax deficiencies, and the risk nature of the fixed income exposure desired,” says Brian Battle, director at Performance Trust Analytics Group.

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