Not Necessarily as Bad as it May Appear

September 16, 2021 - 8 min read

The title of this quick missive could very easily relate to this week’s release of the latest inflation data. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) eased off the level reported in recent months, which had been a 13-year high, measuring 5.3% versus a year ago.  The 5.4% inflation rate recorded in June and July had been…

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Blessed are the Community Banks, for They Shall Inherit the State of Michigan

May 21, 2021 - 6 min read

In a few months, the Michigan banking landscape will witness a development that has not existed in decades — there will be zero independent banks headquartered in the state with total assets of at least $10 billion. Zero. In the last six months, three announcements detailed that the state’s two largest banks (TCF, which is approximately $50…

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Michigan Banking Summary: Visibility Improving

April 23, 2021 - 6 min read

As Q1-2021 earnings releases hit the wires, the big banks have already set a general tone along the lines of “it didn’t get as bad across the board as we initially thought a year ago…but we are still not completely out of the woods”, economic forecasts continue to reflect a brighter, and welcoming, picture for…

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Michigan Banking Summary – Michigan Banks Answer the Call

May 21, 2020 - 7 min read

Through mid-May, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) has approved more than 4.3 million loans nationwide, representing well in excess of $500 billion. The PPP initiative, with Congressional authorization to commit approximately $670 billion in funding to small businesses as part of the $2+ trillion CARES Act stimulus plan, was largely…

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