Report reveals commercial banking trends and the role technology investments play in addressing industry talent challenges, strengthening business banking relationships and improving back-office efficiency
AUSTIN, TX (January 29, 2024)—Q2 Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:QTWO), a leading provider of digital transformation solutions for banking and lending, will release its State of Commercial Banking January 2024 Market Analysis report following the State of Commercial Banking webinar, which will take place on Thursday, February 8, at 12:30 p.m. CST. The report is an annual review of major trends in the commercial banking industry, based on Q2’s proprietary databases, from the previous 12 months. In addition, it looks at the challenges and opportunities ahead in the coming year. The report’s findings and exclusive insight into commercial banking market trends and predictions will be shared during the webinar.
“The commercial banking market is at a pivotal point in its evolution,” said Gita Thollesson, manager, Strategic Advisory Services, Q2. “Last year, bankers focused on navigating uncharted waters as they faced macro-economic challenges. In 2024, with regulatory changes on the horizon and technology advancing at lightning speed, it is more important than ever to prioritize strategic foresight and adaptability to prepare for an uncertain future.”
This report is based on findings from Q2 PrecisionLender’s proprietary database of 2023 commercial lending deal flow, along with economic data from several public sources, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and Federal Reserve, and industry research. Q2 PrecisionLender data reflects commercial relationships from more than 160 geographically diverse banks and credit unions in North America, ranging in size from small community banks to top 10 U.S. institutions.
Key Takeaways from the Report:
- Liquidity management takes center stage: Deposit growth remains an industrywide challenge. Scarce liquidity is leading to supply-side contractions, while elevated interest rates are slowing loan demand;
- Regulatory changes are expected to impact capital: Even though the final form of Basel III Finalized hasn’t been determined, it’s already leading bank treasurers and capital subject matter experts to rethink capital strategy and pricing;
- Higher rates are driving repricing risk on maturing deals: Interest rate hikes have driven a shift toward floating rate structures and significantly increased the repricing risk on maturing fixed-rate deals;
- There’s a renewed focus on automation and systems integration: A need for greater back-office efficiency in mid-size to large businesses is driving demand for more automation and integration between their banking and back-office systems;
- Technology is helping bridge the talent gap: The talent shortage is hindering financial institutions’ ability to compete and win, and they are looking to technology to help bridge the gap for less experienced employees; and
- Opportunities exist to drive deposit growth from small businesses: Small businesses can be a potential source of deposit growth if financial institutions target and nurture those relationships effectively. Technology advancements are making it more cost-efficient to do so.
Click here to learn more and register for the 2024 State of Commercial Banking webinar on Thursday, February 8, at 12:30 p.m. CST. All registrants will receive a copy of the report following the webinar.
Join Thollesson and report co-writer Debbie Smart, senior product marketer for Q2, for a related session at the Acquire or Be Acquired (AOBA) conference today, January 29, at 2:25 p.m. MST.
To learn more about how Q2 delivers simple, smart, end-to-end banking and lending solutions for commercial financial institutions, visit https://www.q2.com/commercial.
About Q2 Holdings, Inc.
Q2 is a leading provider of digital banking and lending solutions to banks, credit unions, alternative finance companies, and fintechs in the U.S. and internationally. Q2’s comprehensive solution set allows its customers to better onboard, grow and serve their consumer, small business, and corporate clients. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Q2 has offices throughout the world and is publicly traded on the NYSE under the stock symbol QTWO. To learn more, please visit Q2.com. Follow us on LinkedIn and X to stay up to date.
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements about: increasing pressure on net interest margin; financial institution focus on developing and executing strategies to foster primacy and drive deposit growth; financial institutions commitment to creating a collaborative environment for treasury and loan officers; the ability of cross-sell combined with treasury to generate additional return on equity; banker conservatism in pricing decisions; trends and stress impacting the office sector; the importance of active portfolio management in mitigating risk and maximizing risk-adjusted returns; the importance of cross-selling, focusing on fee-based business and relationship expansion; the future impact on net interest margin of future interest rate changes; and, the importance for financial institutions to remain nimble and embrace collaboration between treasury and loan officers while also focusing on cross-sell opportunities to deepen client relationships and compete. 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