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The FDIC and Global Cashflow: A Typical Question

Brian Hamilton, President of Sageworks Loan Analysis Software, will be addressing FDIC examiners in a few days about global
cash flow. He asked for my thoughts about lender/analyst’s typical
questions, trickiest questions and what examiners should be asking about
global cash flow in your financial institution.

So here is part one…a typical question on global cash flow.

do I need global cash flow if I can qualify the business borrower with
the business information alone…or the owner with just their personal
cash flow from the business?

Some lenders still think it
is okay to qualify a business borrower with just the business
information and that the personal information is not needed if the
business looks good.

Or if they agree they need the personal as well to
look at a guarantor analysis, they think it is okay to skip the
additional businesses owned by one or more of the guarantors as soon as
they get ‘enough’ cash flow.

They may be applying the
idea that you can do a consumer loan based on just the ‘borrower’ and
leave out the ‘co-borrower’ if you don’t need the additional cash flow
to qualify.

Those lender/analysts sometimes fail to see that the risk of loss is as or
more important to pulling everything together for global cash flow as is
the possibility they can find more income.

The answer…if a source of cash flow is significant to the borrower’s overall ability to pay or if there is a significant risk of loss, it is important to include it in the analysis. Whether you do that through a global cash flow process or piecemeal, you have to do it.

About the Author
Linda Keith CPA is an expert in credit risk readiness and credit analysis. She trains banks and credit unions throughout the United States, both in-house and in open-enrollment sessions, on Tax Return and Financial Statement Analysis. She is in the trenches with lenders, analysts and underwriters helping them say "yes" to good loans. Creator of the Tax Return Analysis Virtual Classroom at, she speaks at banking associations on risk management, lending and director finance topics.