Saturday, April 04, 2020

Bank Cash Forecasting: Pandemic Edition

My friends at CFO Consulting Partners most recent newsletter included timely and helpful tips on re-forecasting your cash, which is suddenly incredibly important, particularly in financial institutions that entered the pandemic with relatively lower amounts of liquidity.


Cash Forecasting

by Rob Milrod, Director, CFO Consulting Partners (rmilrod@cfoconsultingpartners.com)


Cash forecasting, always important, becomes even more highly critical during times of economic disruption. Here are some key points to consider for an effective process:
1. Use a segmented approach to avoid over forecasting cash inflows. Consider customer segment, size, and seasonality - tax time could drive slower payment behavior for all types of clients.
2. Experiment with data that helps differentiate slower payers, e.g. credit ratings, industry, etc., to inform the forecast and contribute to faster collections.
3. Test solutions that help manage the lag between payments and collections; For example, tying accounts receivable team compensation to timely invoice issuance, offering discounts to slower paying customers for prompt payments, and perhaps requiring a partial upfront deposit from customers who regularly pay late.
4. Organize the forecasting approach and outputs in a consistent manner so that the accuracy of prior forecasts can be assessed. and so that it's clear where to adjust management's estimates.
5. For cash outflows, communication across the management team can make or break this process. Especially in a start-up where monthly spend patterns based on history are not available, there is no steady state to rely on. Management team members should regularly discuss and consolidate their outlooks for daily cash receipts and disbursements.
6. Start with prior bank statement activity to come up with typical monthly recurring items.
7. Map key bank statement items to actual expense so that the expense patterns in business plans and budgets can provide context for the cash forecast.
8. Identify cash items already expensed and therefore not in management's outlook, as well as future capital outlays. 
9. A detailed aging, accounts payable for outflows and accounts receivable for inflows, is a ready source of information for future cash flows and is extremely helpful in cash forecasting.   

10. Take into account any cash flow benefits from the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and. Economic Security Act.


Saturday, March 14, 2020

Pandemic: No Problem. And Messages From Our Financial Services Providers

Here is what my family is doing to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading coronavirus:


1. Washing hands with greater discipline for 20 seconds per wash. Which is difficult. I'm singing the "Baby Shark" song.

2. Daily disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces such as phones, keyboards, handles, etc.

3. Coughing and sneezing into our elbows.

4. Trying desperately to not touch our faces. Do you know how hard this is?

5. Following CDC guidelines and state recommendations to reduce risk, such as not attending large gatherings. The NHL made that difficult Flyers-Wild game decision for me. Hoping to get tickets for another game.

6. Towelette wipe down of seating area when I fly.

7. Sign up for my health plan's virtual doctor visit portal. In case we need it.


Here is what we are doing to support local businesses:


1.  Keep going to them.

2.  Order online, as most restaurants will either deliver or prepare for pickup.

3.  Highlight brands that are supporting their hourly employees even in lieu of significantly declining revenues.

4.  Highlight charities and wealthier individuals that are supporting the same, such as Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers donating $100,000 to support arena workers.

5.  Not sniping at politicians because I disagree with them.

6. Not hoarding.



Here are some messages that I have received from various financial firms regarding coronavirus preparedness. Perhaps your pandemic response team would be interested.


Stay safe out there and don't panic!


Genworth


Dear Valued Policyholder:

As COVID 19 (the coronavirus) dominates the news and the stock markets have large movements from day to day, we at Genworth want to reassure you that our associates are well positioned to continue our long tradition of being there for our policyholders regardless of social and economic conditions.

We have proactively taken steps to make sure that our associates are safe, our call centers staffed, and our processing teams are able to function. We have implemented employee travel restrictions, provided associates with tools and technology and have encouraged them to work from home, conducted a deep cleaning of all Genworth facilities and revised our time off and FMLA policy. These changes provide our associates with the flexibility to adapt their schedules to meet our business obligations and limit any service interruptions.
 
Genworth’s high commitment to serving you includes a robust self-service opportunity MyGenworth available 24/7. To sign up, click: https://www.genworth.com/login.html. With MyGenworth, you can obtain current policy status and perform routine policy updates such as address changes and beneficiary updates. Additionally, we encourage you to consider signing up for Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) for your on-going premium payments as well as policy benefit payments you receive from us on a routine basis. You will find the necessary authorization information under the “Billing and Payments” section on MyGenworth. 

To help you stay healthy and take care of yourself we are sharing some useful third-party resources.

https://www.nahc.org/resources-services/coronavirus-resources/
 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
 
We realize times like these can be unsettling, rest assured we are ready to serve you and value your business.
 
Sincerely,

David O’Leary
CEO, President, U.S. life insurance division


MassMutual


 
 
Market Volatility and Your Workplace Retirement Savings
 
  Recent volatility within U.S. and global markets brought on by global health concerns has been historic and unsettling. You're not alone if you have concerns or questions about your retirement savings and investments during current market conditions.  
     
  MassMutual is committed to providing you with the power of perspective to help you navigate through these uncertain times.  
     
  Things to consider  
 
    Keep calm. It's not easy, but keep in mind that after downturns, history has shown that markets have recovered and delivered gains in the long-term.
       
    Revisit your goals and stick to your plan. Be sure to review your goals and keep your individual needs, risk tolerance and time horizons in mind before making changes to your investment strategy.
       
    Stay informed. For up-to-date economic insights and analysis, see MassMutual's regular market commentary.
 
     
  During market swings, it can be helpful to remember that a diversified and balanced portfolio may be a good defense for downturns and can help position you for potential market recoveries. We're here to help you – so be sure to check out our resources and tools to learn more. Please consider your goals, needs, risk tolerance, and time horizon before making any investment decisions – and consult with your financial adviser if needed.  
     
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BB&T/Truist


You're a valued member of the Truist family, and nothing is more important to us than your health and safety.

As the spread of coronavirus, known as COVID-19, continues to be a growing concern across the country, we’re taking extra precautions to protect you, our teammates and the communities we serve. Our Executive Leadership and business readiness teams are monitoring the situation and are in close contact with health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to ensure we’re acting on the latest guidance and information.

We’re Here To Help


If you're negatively affected by the coronavirus situation, we’re here to help. Our branch bankers, relationship managers and contact center teammates are all committed to working with our clients to reduce financial stress during this challenging and uncertain time.

Contact Information:



Find up-to-date branch hours and other information to manage your accounts


Account information is available through our automated phone system 24/7.

As we assist clients and businesses who may be affected by the coronavirus situation, we're also listening and learning from those conversations to help us evaluate and possibly implement additional client relief measures as they emerge.

We invite you to use our convenient digital banking channels and phone banking options to conduct your banking transactions, and when in doubt, always feel free to contact your relationship manager or local branch.

What Our Company Is Doing To Help


Increasing our focus on disinfecting surfaces including ATMs, teller line areas, elevator touchpads, door handles and other high-touch areas
Increasing the number of hand sanitizing stations available in our branches and offices
Asking teammates who are sick to stay home until they are well
Asking teammates who have recently returned from any high-risk country on the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease Travel Information website, or who live with someone who has recently traveled to one of those identified regions, to self-report to their manager and work from home for at least 14 days
Suspending international air business travel and limiting nonessential domestic business air travel for our teammates
Conducting group meetings by phone or other digital means

Keeping You Informed


We’re committed to keeping you informed through this rapidly changing situation. As it evolves, you can always find the latest information here on Truist.com. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance with any of your banking needs.

For the latest information about COVID-19, please visit cdc.gov or your local health department website.


Navy Federal Credit Union

An Update for Our Members

The spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has all of our attention. I wanted to let you know your Navy Federal Credit Union family is doing everything possible to keep our employees and you, our members, safe while delivering the best member experience possible.
What We’re Doing
We’re monitoring and following all guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), including taking the steps necessary to reduce the threat of COVID-19 exposure to employees and members.
Our branches remain open to serve you. We have an extensive cleaning procedure in place and can conduct additional cleanings if needed. Some locations have had their hours adjusted as a result of local conditions. For the latest updates on branch hours, you can visit our Branch Closures & Updates page on our website. Our team members are also being reminded to ensure their hands are regularly washed or sanitized.
Steps You Can Take
Our commitment to world-class, 24/7 member service remains fundamental to our mission.
Our digital banking tools are designed to be easy to use. Whether you’re paying a bill through the Navy Federal website, depositing a check, checking an account balance or transferring money using our mobile app, our goal remains empowering you to conduct your business quickly and easily.
If you need to access cash, we have more than 700 Navy Federal ATMs around the world, and you have free access to another 30,000 ATMs in the CO-OP Network®. You can find your nearest ATM here.
Our Mission
Despite the threat posed by COVID-19, your Navy Federal team remains committed to serving you and your families. You are our members, part of our family, and together we will get through this situation.
Sincerely,
signature Mary McDuffie
President/CEO
Navy Federal Credit Union

Radius Bank


A message from Radius Bank on COVID19  

Like you, the team at Radius Bank is monitoring the latest news about the Coronavirus. As a valued client, we understand your concerns and the uncertainty you may be feeling at a time like this.

We wanted to remind you that Radius is a leading-edge digital bank prepared to handle situations such as this, and as a Radius client, you can handle all your banking needs at anytime, anywhere from your computer or mobile device. Our convenient digital tools give you 24/7 access to your accounts.
Once signed in, you'll be able to:
  • View transactions and check balances
  • Make payments
  • Make a mobile deposit (from the mobile app only)
  • Transfer funds
  • Update your contact information
  • See your account and routing number
  • Find an ATM
  • Send us a secure message
Make sure you have the correct website address bookmarked and the most updated version of our mobile app by following the links below:
Personal Account Clients
Business Account Clients

We're Here to Help!
Questions?
  • Visit our FAQ page
  • Start a live chat on our website
  • Give us a call at 1.800.242.0272 – you can activate your debit card or reset your PIN, check your balances, hear recent transaction history, and transfer funds all from our automated system, as well as speak with a representative
  • For our business/commercial banking and lending customers, you may also contact your portfolio or relationship manager
As always, the health and well-being of our customers and team members is our top priority. We will continue to monitor this situation and will be available to assist our clients as needed.

Please visit radiusbank.com/readiness as the situation evolves for the latest updates.

For additional information about COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at CDC.GOV.