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    U.S. Bank M&A Quarterly Digest
    Published on August 1, 2014
    In inaugural quarterly white paper on consolidation in the U.S. banking sector, FJ Capital Management review the latest bank M&A pricing trends and activity, which continues to pick up steam during the 2nd quarter of 2014, outpacing last year’s numbers on both a deal volume and value basis.
    FJ Capital Management
    Improving Loan Yields in Challenging Times
    Published on August 11, 2014
    Net interest income continues to decline, putting pressure on the profit margins of commercial US banks. This paper describes why financial services executives must focus on margin compression and offers specific areas financial institutions can review in order to strengthen the profit contribution of lending activities. These strategies include actions from pricing discipline to evaluating interest rate swaps. In today’s competitive market, all courses of action must be evaluated in order to make sustainable improvements to financial performance.
    FIS
    Leviathans’ Debate
    Published on August 1, 2014
    If you look really closely, you may occasionally find central bankers to be entertaining. The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) published its 2014 annual report in June. The BIS is referred to as the central banks’ central bank. The excitement implicit in such an assignment is limited. So it is to their credit that they have expressed a clear point of view over the years, with which their own constituents, the respective national central banks, have often disagreed. This pattern is emerging once again in this financial cycle. And once again, the BIS stands to play the role of central bankers’ Cassandra, the character in Greek mytholology who foretold the future and was consistently ignored.
    GR - NEAM
    2013 U.S. Life Investment Highlights: Forced Investment Risk Taking?
    Published on July 24, 2014
    This issue of General ReView starts off with the highlights of the statutory operating and investment results and trends of the U.S. Life insurance industry for the last 10 years.  The Portfolio Details’ section then focuses on fixed income sector trends and market statistics (durations, spreads, NRSO ratings, etc.). These historical market statistics are maintained by GR–NEAM in a proprietary database and are not publicly available.
    GR - NEAM
    Meanwhile Out West … A California Gas Shale Update
    Published on July 1, 2014
    In the July 2014 issue of NG Market Notes, Cathy Reheis Boyd, President of Western States Petroleum Association, discusses California’s hydraulic fracturing activities and the local anti-hydraulic fracturing measure that organizations in the state are trying to make.  Additionally, an overview of new state regulations and hydraulic fracturing activities that the state needs to set consistent regulations for in order to determine California’s energy future.  The anti-hydraulic fracturing movement that began in the Marcellus Shale play of New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia seemed, for a time in 2011 and 2012, to be leaving California alone. That movement, however, has now reached the Golden State and is in full and furious bloom.
    Navigant Consulting
    Deposit Insurance Assessment System
    Published on July 31, 2014
    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) recently published for comment a proposed rule containing modifications to the deposit insurance assessment system (the “Proposed Rule”). The Proposed Rule would amend the FDIC’s 2011 final rule adopting a new methodology for determining insurance assessment rates for large and highly complex institutions (the “Assessments Final Rule”)— the so-called scorecard method that is currently used to calculate assessment rates for these institutions. The FDIC indicates that the Proposed Rule is meant to bring the deposit insurance assessment system for all insured depository institutions (“IDIs”)—including advanced approaches banking organizations - more in line with the standardized approach under the new U.S. Basel III-based revised capital rules (the “U.S. Basel III Capital Rules”), which were adopted by the Federal banking agencies.
    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
    Money Market Funds
    Published on July 28, 2014
    On July 23, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission voted 3-2 to adopt amendments to the rules that govern money market funds under the Investment Company Act of 1940.
    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
    Cross-Border Security-Based Swaps: SEC Adopts Initial Final Rules on Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Activities
    Published on July 22, 2014
    On June 25, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a release with final rules and interpretations on the cross-border application of certain security-based swap provisions under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The rulemaking set forth in the release, which was published in the Federal Register on July 9, is the first of what the SEC expects to be a series of rulemakings by the SEC on the cross-border application of the substantive requirements imposed on security-based swap activities by Title VII.
    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
    Data and Analytics in Insurance: P&C Insurer Strategic Priorities and Operational Plans for 2014 and Beyond
    Published on June 30, 2014
    Analytics is taking the P&C insurance industry by storm. While big data and predictive analytics seize the headlines, other types of business intelligence and analytics technologies are also increasing in their importance. This report explores data and analytics through three lenses: 1) the types of business problems being addressed, 2) the spectrum of technologies that are being used to gain more business insights, and 3) data, the fuel that powers the analytics engine.
    Strategy Meets Action (SMA)
    2013 Bermuda Highlights: Headwinds Persist but Strong Underwriting Results Drive Profitability
    Published on July 10, 2014
    This is the second year GR–NEAM has performed a market analysis of publicly traded, Bermuda domiciled insurers (Please click here for last years study). Their goal is to highlight the peer group’s Financial and Stock Market Performance, Investment Performance, and Underwriting Performance.
    GR - NEAM
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