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Webinar Recording: Top 8 ACH Audit Findings You Should Be Aware Of

12/5/2022

In this webinar, Senior Financial Institutions Consultant, Sallie O’Brien, AAP, APRP, will discuss today’s top audit findings and best practices to stay in compliance with Nacha Operating Rules for financial institutions. Access webinar materials here!

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Think CECL Is Only for Banks? Not So Fast!

10/27/2022

As we’ve previously noted, most of the CECL-related focus has been on loans receivable, and to a lesser extent, debt securities. Are there any other financial assets that fall under the CECL guidance? The answer might surprise you.

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Saltmarsh Hosts 17th Annual Community BankTalk Event

8/31/2022

For the past 17 years, the Saltmarsh Bank Advisors have brought hundreds of financial institution professionals together for community banking events, BankTalk, to learn about advancements in the industry, regulatory updates and much more. With the turn to virtual after 2020, the team hosted the last three annual events virtually – but that didn’t stop them from getting an insightful lineup of speakers and content!

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Preparing for $500 Million in Assets

8/17/2022

Is your bank approaching $500 million in assets? Have you already crossed that threshold recently? As your bank continues to grow, your reporting needs may change due to FDICIA regulations. Saltmarsh is here to help ensure you remain compliant and that your bank has the resources, time and expertise to meet regulatory requirements.

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Secure Exchange of Standardized Letters of IndemnityNow in Nacha's Risk Management Portal

8/11/2022

Many financial institutions require a written indemnification agreement to be completed in connection with requested ACH returns. This is especially the case when the return of funds cannot be completed using an ACH return entry (i.e., an R06 Return Reason Code) or funds are returned outside the ACH Network (i.e., via wire or check). 

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Best Practice Suggestions for Back-Testing Asset-Liability Management (ALM) Models for Accuracy

8/10/2022

Back-testing has been challenging during this COVID period due to large volume variances and asset yield variances caused by high loan and deposit growth coupled with forecasts not incorporating PPP loan-related fees.

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Words to Live By

7/25/2022

When I was asked to repurpose a blog I wrote almost 10 years ago, at first, I thought it would be hypocritical of me. I had written four recommendations to help my business clients achieve peace and strength during a time of unprecedented change, and unfortunately, I had not been practicing my own recommended behaviors, despite being bombarded with changes! 

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Webinar Materials: The New ACH Rules on Micro-Entries

7/21/2022

In this webinar, Financial Institutions Senior Consultant Janice Weisz, AAP, will provide a high-level overview of upcoming rules associated with Micro-Entries.

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Nacha Micro Entry-Rule

7/12/2022

Micro-Entries are a generally accepted method in the marketplace for an ACH originator to test the validity of a receiver’s account. Although originators have used this low-cost option for quite some time, Micro-Entries are not defined within the Nacha Operating Rules.

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Elder Financial Exploitation by the Numbers

6/15/2022

For those of you working diligently in the financial industry, we remind you that June is Elder Financial Abuse month. Elder financial exploitation (EFE), a form of Elder Abuse, is the most common form of elder abuse. EFE is defined as the illegal or improper use of an elderly adult's funds, property or resources by another individual. Sadly, this exploitation is alive and well all year round.

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CECL: What About Credit Losses on Debt Securities?

6/14/2022

Since the initial roll-out of ASU 2016-13, Financial Instruments—Credit Losses (Topic 326), much of the prevailing focus has been on accounting for expected credit losses in loan portfolios. As the CECL implementation date draws near for nonpublic business entities, we are starting to receive new questions about CECL’s impacts to securities portfolios as well.

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Supplementing Data Security Requirements Rule Phase 2Effective June 30, 2022

6/13/2022

Nacha’s Supplementing Data Security Requirements rule expands the existing ACH Security Framework to explicitly require large, non-financial institution Originators, Third-Party Service Providers and Third-Party Senders to protect account numbers (consumer and non-consumer) used in the initiation of ACH entries by rendering them unreadable when stored electronically.

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Webinar Materials: ODFIs - How Do You Keep Your ACH Clients Informed?

6/2/2022

Keeping your ACH clients informed is critical. In this webinar Senior Consultant Janice Weisz, AAP, will discuss the importance of educating ACH clients and will share tools and best practices to keep ACH clients informed of Nacha Rules and originator responsibilities.

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Webinar Materials: CFO Symposium Update

6/1/2022

Following the Florida Bankers Association’s annual CFO Symposium, the Saltmarsh Bank Advisors will be hosting a short update to recap hot topics including an industry overview, M&A, balance sheet strategies, ALM and more. 

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Computer-Security Incident Notification Requirements for Banking Organizations and Their Bank Service Providers

5/31/2022

As of May 1, 2022, banks must now notify their primary federal regulator within 36 hours of determining a "notification incident" has occurred, while a bank service provider is required to notify each affected bank "as soon as possible" if an incident is "reasonably likely" to cause a disruption for more than four hours.

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The Latest FDIC Consumer Compliance Supervisory HighlightsA must-read for Compliance Officers!

5/3/2022

The latest issue of the FDIC’s Consumer Compliance Supervisory Highlights details issues identified during the agency’s approximately 1,000 exams completed in 2021. It includes aggregate citations as they relate to Level 3 and Level 2 violations. Level 3 violations present the very highest level of concern and may well lead to formal enforcement actions. The most frequently cited violations, listed below, represent 78% of the total violations cited.

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Webinar Materials: The Cannabis Banking Landscape

4/27/2022

As the number of states with legalized marijuana or USDA-approved hemp programs increase, so does interest and concern around providing financial services to the industry.

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Unrealized Losses in Securities Portfolios: Can We Stop the Bleeding?

4/13/2022

Over the last three months, unrealized losses in available-for-sale (AFS) securities portfolios have accelerated at a staggering rate. 

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Nacha's WEB Debit Account Validation Rule

3/11/2022

Nacha’s WEB Debit Account Validation Rule requires ACH originators of WEB debit entries to implement a commercially reasonable method to determine that the account number to be used for a WEB debit entry is for a valid account. This means the account to be debited is a legitimate, open account to which ACH entries may be posted at the receiving depository financial institution. The requirement applies to the first use of an account number or changes to the account number.

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Webinar Recording: Trends in D&O and Cyber

2/25/2022

Webinar recording. Bank insurance renewals have become anything but routine. Dennis Gustafson from AHT Insurance joins us for a webinar on the metrics behind financial institutions’ insurance; and review trends in the D&O claims environment and how they are moving the market.

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ODFI Responsibility to Keep its ACH Clients Informed of Nacha Rules

2/22/2022

Nacha Rules state that ODFI’s are responsible for all entries originated through the ACH Network using the ODFI’s routing number and that ODFI’s are responsible for their ACH clients' compliance with the Nacha Rules. In addition, because the payments industry is constantly evolving, ODFI’s need to keep their ACH clients informed of Nacha Rule changes. Therefore, ODFI’s should have a formalized process to keep their ACH clients informed of Nacha Rules and originator responsibilities.  

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BankTech Bytes: Elevate your Third-Party Risk Management Program

2/7/2022

This BankTech Bytes Newsletter discusses considerations for elevating your Third-Party Risk Management Program. Vendor Management, which is now trendily known as Third-Party Risk Management (TPRM), continues to get increasing regulatory attention as it should. Most of us in the banking space these days are increasingly outsourcing key operations to third parties.

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Nacha Increasing the Same Day ACH Dollar Limit to $1 Million

1/31/2022

The Nacha Rules continue to expand the capabilities of Same Day ACH. Effective March 18, 2022, the Nacha Rules will increase the Same Day ACH per-transaction dollar limit from $100,000 to $1,000,000. This new limit will apply to all eligible Same Day ACH payments, including credits and debits for both businesses and consumers. The $1 million limit will be beneficial for many types of payments, i.e., insurance claim payments, payroll funding, business-to-business payments, tax payments and many more.

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Webinar Materials: Cryptocurrency 101 - How & Why Bitcoin is the Future

10/28/2021

Cryptocurrency is quickly integrating into the financial system, which increases the need for cryptocurrency solutions. In this webinar, we provide examples of how cryptocurrency solutions are integrated within everyday banking services with safety and compliance in mind.

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Crypto: Currency or Investment?A Perspectives Video from Dimensional Fund Advisors

9/27/2021

In this video (from June 22, 2021) moderated by Regional Director Courtney Scott, Philipp Meyer-Brauns, PhD, Head of Investment Solutions Analytics and Vice President at Dimensional, discusses the volatility associated with bitcoin and evaluates whether the cryptocurrency has an expected return, can mitigate investment uncertainty, or could be used to meet short-term liquidity needs. He also analyzes the role bitcoin could play in investment portfolios.

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