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Driving Better Business Decisions

Key insights into Baxter Credit Union's approach to profitability reporting, and interesting ways to visualize and better understand performance.
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Marginal Improvements

Hear Ken Levey's thoughts on the state of profitability analysis and strategies for improvement.
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The Resurgence of Profitability Analysis

Since the financial crisis, the banking industry as a whole has been reporting record profits for several quarters, at least in terms of dollar figures. Unfortunately more meaningful measures of bank profitability–such as average return on equity, average return on assets, and net interest margin–have remained depressed or stagnant.
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Accelerate Performance through Planning: Best Practices for Achieving Value

(Part 3 of a 3-part blog series) Preparations for the 2018 budgeting process are underway in financial institutions. Few people relish the experience, which is often characterized by long hours and vast differences between the future financial performance executive stakeholders want and what management can deliver. Aligning strategic plans with tactical plans and associated budgets often does not occur or the linkages among these pieces are weak.
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Accelerate Performance through Planning: How to Ensure Your Creation of a Data-Driven Plan

(Part 2 of a 3-part blog series) Financial institutions with effectively developed and executed strategic plans have a clear competitive advantage, but such institutions are all too limited in number. Leaders often cite the lack of appropriate data and tools as a reason that strategic initiatives lose momentum amid the daily “fire drills” in financial institutions.
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