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KBRA’s Key Takeaways from its Inaugural Bank Symposium

November 26, 2018

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 26, 2018--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) releases a research report on key takeaways from its inaugural Community and Regional Bank Symposium, held recently at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC. The risk of change was very much in the air despite continued economic expansion and record industry profitability. Midterms probably had something to do with it, as did an actively tightening Fed, with more than a little market volatility thrown in for good measure. In any event, the backdrop made for a lively day for over 160 attendees drawn from seasoned industry executives and advisors, regulators and policymakers, and investors.

To no one’s surprise, regulatory and legislative issues were prominently featured, addressed in fireside chat format in three separate sessions, with Jelena McWilliams, recently appointed Chairman of the FDIC; French Hill (R-AR), U.S. Representative for Arkansas’s 2nd congressional district, and Majority Whip on the House Committee on Financial Services; and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate’s Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. Rounding out perspectives on the political front was a remarkable lunchtime keynote address by well-known and well-respected DC pundit, Jim VandeHei, co-founder and CEO of new media thought leader, Axios.

Beyond the regulatory and legislative issues were all important topics impacting banks, including expert panel discussions on consumer debt and loan quality, commercial real estate trends and risks, and an outlook for further bank consolidation. Finally, the case for investing in community and regional bank debt was explored in detail via a panel that featured some of the largest investors in the space.

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KBRA is a full service credit rating agency registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as an NRSRO. In addition, KBRA is designated as a designated rating organization by the Ontario Securities Commission for issuers of asset-backed securities to file a short form prospectus or shelf prospectus, is recognized by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners as a Credit Rating Provider, and is a certified Credit Rating Agency (CRA) by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). Kroll Bond Rating Agency Europe Limited is registered with ESMA as a CRA.

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CONTACT: Analytical:

Van Hesser, Senior Managing Director

(646) 731-2305

vhesser@kbra.comEthan Heisler, CFA, Senior Director

(516) 359-0975




SOURCE: Kroll Bond Rating Agency

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