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Fed Tapering of Asset Purchases to Begin as Inflation Heads Higher

In the latest edition of Take Five with Bill Emmons, Dr. Emmons discusses the Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC’s) November 3rd policy statement, inflation and his views on the economy.

11/8/2021 Read more about Fed Tapering of Asset Purchases to Begin as Inflation Heads Higher

Two years ago, community banks cited the availability and cost of funding as their greatest challenges, according to the Conference of State Bank Supervisors’ 2019 National Survey of Community Banks. Interest rates had recently risen, increasing the cost of deposits and prompting more reliance on wholesale funding.

The Federal Reserve recently unveiled a tool to help small community banks—those with less than $1 billion in assets—comply with a new accounting standard they are required to implement by 2023. The standard is the current expected credit loss (CECL) methodology for setting banks’ loan loss allowances, and the tool is called SCALE—the Scaled CECL Allowance for Losses Estimator.


U.S. commercial banking, like many sectors of the economy, appears to be bouncing back after a challenging 2020. Return on average assets (ROA)—a key benchmark of bank profitability—averaged 1.38% in the first quarter of 2021, up 67 basis points from its year-end 2020 level and 100 basis points from a year earlier.

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Take Five is a popular video series featuring St. Louis Fed economist Dr. Bill Emmons. In each video, Emmons provides a quick, concise synopsis of the most recent meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC).