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Standby Letters of Credit – A Low-Cost, High-Reward Solution for Procuring Public Deposits Article Standby Letters of Credit – A Low-Cost, High-Reward Solution for Procuring Public Deposits It's no secret that the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines is best known for its Advance products, but did you know we have a lesser known product that is helping our members lower on-balance sheet liquidity costs and attract public funds? We're talking about Standby Letters of Credit (SBLOCs). Beat the Spread - A Strategy to Secure Low-Cost Funding Whitepaper Beat the Spread - A Strategy to Secure Low-Cost Funding If your institution is in the market to lock in long-term funding, can handle the accounting implications of using derivatives, and is looking to find the absolute lowest funding cost possible, the “Beat the Spread” strategy might be for you. FHLB Des Moines: Your source for Paycheck Protection Funding Article FHLB Des Moines: Your source for Paycheck Protection Funding If your institution is looking for a price and duration certain source of funding to meet your expanding customer needs through the Paycheck Protection Program, consider using an FHLB Des Moines short-term advance. Q4 2019 Economic Update Article Q4 2019 Economic Update Each quarter our Member Strategies Team takes an in-depth look at the economic issues facing the nation while providing a unique commentary on the effects they may have on our members. Strategies and Tools to Maximize Performance and Manage Risk Article Strategies and Tools to Maximize Performance and Manage Risk Sound balance sheet management and funding strategies play a critical role in achieving the balance you need to make the loans your customers want and provide safe, rewarding deposit opportunities. We can help you with both through our Strategies Team and their tools. Q3 2019 Economic Update Article Q3 2019 Economic Update Each quarter our Member Strategies Team takes an in-depth look at the economic issues facing the nation while providing a unique commentary on the effects they may have on our members. Q2 2019 Economic Update Article Q2 2019 Economic Update Each quarter our Member Strategies Team takes an in-depth look at the economic issues facing the nation while providing a unique commentary on the effects they may have on our members. “Blend and Extend” Funding Strategies: An Effective Means of Decreasing Future Funding Costs, Customizing Balance Sheet Duration and Pre-Funding Article “Blend and Extend” Funding Strategies: An Effective Means of Decreasing Future Funding Costs, Customizing Balance Sheet Duration and Pre-Funding While most financial institutions typically make the decision to roll the maturity at the time the advance matures, in certain circumstances, members of FHLB Des Moines have the ability to extend the advance prior to the maturity date. Increasing Advance Capacity: A Member Success Story Case Study Increasing Advance Capacity: A Member Success Story Member Collateral Verification (MCV) reviews can be an excellent opportunity for members to improve their advance capacity. Sheilah Stoneback, Credit Analyst at One American Bank in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, shares how her team was able to increase their advance capacity by 50 percent. Expanding Markets, Expanding Letter of Credit Uses Whitepaper Expanding Markets, Expanding Letter of Credit Uses Whether it's an opportunity to drive fee income and enhance ROE by backing a bond, supporting a self-insurance program, or covering a customer's performance obligation; it may be worth your while to explore some of these expanded uses of letters of credit. Raising Wholesale Funds: “Things are Seldom What They Seem” Article Raising Wholesale Funds: “Things are Seldom What They Seem” Depending upon the interest rate environment or location on the yield curve, dividend-adjusted advance rates may or may not be comparable. You'll never know unless you run the dividend adjustment calculation. How Can the Impact of Rising Rates on Your Investment Portfolio's Market Value Come Out in the Wash? Article How Can the Impact of Rising Rates on Your Investment Portfolio's Market Value Come Out in the Wash? Today, while no one can be certain of the direction of interest rates, the short-end of the yield curve is under the heavy influence of well-telegraphed Fed tightening.