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The Fear of “Running Out of Cash” is an Illusion

Every responsible branch manager strives to satisfy his/her customers’ banking needs, especially when it comes to their demands for cash. Not being able to fulfill a customer’s request for cash at a bank or credit union branch is probably every head teller’s nightmare! Every banker wants to have more-than-adequate cash, and is pretty fearful of running out of cash (total cash holdings at the branch; not to be confused with cash flow at the branch). This fear, however, is an illusion that leads t...

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Topics: Vault Cash, Cash Usage

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3 Branch Cash Management Mistakes That You Don’t Know You’re Making

According to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, cash is still the most frequently used retail payment instrument; used in nearly one-third of all transactions, even when other options are available. Data also shows that 89 percent of all Americans carry cash to some extent, and nearly two-thirds hold cash every day. As a result, consumers are dependent on banks and credit unions to get the cash they need for everyday spending. However, branches and ATMs do not always meet their demand fo...

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Topics: Cash Management, Cash Usage

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Myth of Branch Cash Management: Reducing Cash equals Optimal Cash Levels

#1 Myth of branch cash management: Reducing Cash equals Optimal Cash Levels While cash is central to banking operations, most financial institutions (FIs) carry too much of it (about 20-30% more than what they actually need) and unwittingly bear the direct and indirect costs of carrying excess cash. When banks and credit unions find out that they’re carrying too much, they often reduce their cash levels by a flat percentage across the board and assume that they’ve addressed the issue and solved ...

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Topics: Branches and ATMs, Cash Limits, Cash Management, Vault Cash, Cash Usage

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Top Three Challenges & Solutions for Branch Cash Management

With interest rates poised to rise in the coming quarters, financial institutions (FIs) must seriously undertake cash management initiatives that identify and minimize non-earning assets (such as un-needed or excess cash in ATMs, cash dispensing machines, teller drawers and vaults), optimize cash inventory and redeploy excess cash profitably through loans and investments. While most FIs “think” they manage cash efficiently, data shows that cash is often managed up - to limits, not down - to usag...

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Topics: Cash Limits, Cash Management, Vault Cash, Cash Usage