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Access the Credit Risk Ready Podcast, with interviews of bankers, their regulators, consultants and service providers on how to (re)assess, manage and mitigate credit risk in any conditions. It is all hands on deck now!

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Read the Credit Risk Ready Report

In 2018, I interviewed 30 senior credit and lending professionals, and then surveyed 250 bankers throughout the country. We asked about our readiness for the next recession and what still needed to be done.

View the video recorded when the 2018 Credit Risk Ready Report was published. This study reflects pre-recession thinking. How does it inform your thinking now? Download the report below.

In this 30 page report, you'll find the respondents best ideas about how to prepare for what we find ourselves in now, but worse. No one was guessing that a global pandemic would be the trigger, nor that the recession would hit virtually every business and borrower in America and across the world. Compare your thinking to these insights from before we found out just how bad this recession was going to be. It is not too late to take action on some of the recommendations.

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More about the study and other resources

I interviewed over thirty bank and credit union senior executives and surveyed hundreds of credit and lending professionals to bring you the latest data on how ready we are for the next recession and what still needs to be done.

I am sharing the results and their implications through media interviews and conference presentations.

The report includes the survey results and the insights from senior credit professionals. What are they worried about? What are some of their best practices? What is still needed to finish the job? Request your copy above.

You can also check the box to sign up for 'Ask Linda', a Q&A email where I answer actual lender/analyst questions on credit analysis to originate strong, performing loans. It comes out 2-4 times a month. Real-time questions and real-time answers.

While you are enhancing your knowledge and skills to be ready for whatever is coming at us, check the box to request my K-1 video series with a focus on complex borrowers and multiple pass-through entities. Learn the answers to 10 questions lenders are asking and 10 questions lenders ought to be asking to determine global cash flow when K-1s are in the mix .

The last resource is just for Directors, an online module that not only explains the CAMELS rating that examiners use to describe your overall health and readiness, but shares how Directors can use that same framework to consider the strategic direction, management plans and initiatives for your financial institution. Your duty of care as a director is your duty of care. This is a great resource to enhance your understanding.

Research conducted by the University of Northern Colorado

The Social Research Lab at the University of Northern Colorado conducted this study.

They assisted with interview questions, study design, and carried out the study. Their process guaranteed complete anonymity for participants.

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