OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE MONTANA INDEPENDENT BANKERS ASSOCIATION

Pub 8 2020 Issue 3

community-investment

Community Investment Advances: A Perfect Fit With Your Funding Strategy

The needs of your borrowers and communities have certainly changed over the past year. As you take a closer look at your funding strategy to ensure your institution is set up for success through this economic cycle, remember to consider the benefits available to you as a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines.

Your current business strategies may already lend themselves to a beneficial solution:

  • Does your institution lend on terms of more than a year and need solutions to manage interest rate risk?
  • Does your lending portfolio include residential loans, small business loans or agriculture business loans?
  • Does your institution analyze ways to reduce the cost of funds to provide competitive rates in your communities?

If your funding strategy includes any of these three elements, a Community Investment Advance (CIA) may fit perfectly with your *long-term liquidity and balance sheet management needs.

Managing Interest Rate Risk

With market interest rates at historic lows, a CIA provides an opportunity to protect interest rate spread for the portion of your loan portfolio with fixed interest rates and longer terms by using duration-certain funding at highly competitive levels. The CIA is one of the lowest-cost forms of interest rate insurance. Another benefit of FHLB Des Moines membership is the activity stock dividend. The cash dividend feature is unique compared with other sources of wholesale funding. When combined with the low posted CIA rate, the dividend impact further decreases an already low level of funding on a net basis. Visit www.fhlbdm.com/dividend-calculator to evaluate the impact of the dividend on your funding using a CIA.

A Fit with Your Lending Portfolio

Many residential and commercial loans qualify for the use of CIA funding. Recent examples of loans and investments members have used to be eligible for CIA funds include: PPP-eligible loans, SBA-eligible loans, Fannie Mae Delegated and Underwriting and Servicing (DUS) bonds for eligible multifamily census tracts, and residential loans made in Area Median Income-designated target income areas.

Members are often surprised to learn that they can easily apply for these low-cost funds. Over the past year, the CIA application has become more streamlined to make it easier for members. Qualifying loans within the application is also easy as members can consider both anticipatory loans and use existing loans (within 90-days from the request of the advance) to meet the loan qualifications.

At the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, our mission is to help members meet their communities’ housing, business, and economic needs. Helping your community thrive will pay back dividends by strengthening individuals’ and families’ well-being while growing future economic opportunities.

Visit our website: www.fhlbdm.com/CIA for current rates and information on Community Investment Advances.

Your relationship manager is available to answer any questions.

*Long-term advances are terms greater than one year.

Eric Jensen, VP/Senior Relationship Manager, ejensen@fhlbdm.com, 206.434.0581

This story appears in Issue 3 2020 of the Community Banker Magazine.

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