First Empire supports a learning environment that focuses on giving institutions the tools needed to make informed decisions about their businesses. Our educational programs include webinars, workshops and one-on-one sessions. Clients can also visit our New York headquarters for customized training sessions and strategy meetings with our financial strategists, traders and regulatory specialists. 


Managing Liquidity and Balance Sheet Risk

Providing information on best practices for managing liquidity and other balance sheet risk factors. This course will specifically review cash flow forecasting techniques, how to quantify liquidity needs, and cost-saving validation solutions. Regulatory requirements for liquidity will also be discussed.

Fixed Income Portfolio Management

An overview of the essential building blocks of a fixed income investment portfolio relative to bond sector, product structure and security maturity.

Are You Prepared for Your Exam? Top Examiner Concerns for ALM

Drawing upon their field experience with banks and credit unions across the United States, the former federal examiners from our Office of Regulatory Affairs share what they see as the top concerns that examiners are raising on asset liability management.

Enhancing Growth Through the Secondary Loan Market

The loan participation market has been extremely active as depository institutions throughout the United States manage varying levels of loan demand. This informative session explores how to take advantage of this specialized market and delves into the regulatory and underwriting issues that all institutions need to be aware of.

Non-Maturity Deposits and IRR Management: Fact vs Fiction

An overview of the IRR measurement process which depends heavily on certain critical assumptions to generate reasonably reliable results.

Efficient and Effective Cash Management Strategies

This course will demonstrate the advantages of active portfolio management using various investment strategies that provide flexibility and efficient cash flow management.

State of the Credit Union Industry

Offering a snapshot of the credit union industry’s financial standing, this webinar examines the industry’s consolidated balance sheet based on call report data. Recent trends in loan growth, investment allocation and shifts in deposit mix are discussed. The course looks at capital utilization, liquidity and margin trends, as well as recent and historical operating and income ratios, to identify areas of competitive strength and weakness. Discussion will also focus on the current economic environment.

Long Term Future of Financial Institutions

Over the past 30 years approximately two-thirds of all banks and credit unions in the United States have merged or gone out of business. The pace of technological change and the attitude of the millennial generation have the potential to accelerate this trend.

Basics of ALM/Interest Rate Risk

An introduction to asset liability management for financial institutions.

Product-Specific Education

Courses are available on a wide range of fixed income products including, SBA securities, mortgage-backed securities (MBS), adjustable-rate mortgages (ARM), agencies, corporates, municipals, agency collateralized mortgage obligations (CMO) and asset-backed securities.

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                  First Empire Securities is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as                     a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. 

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