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Moody's to Examine Trends, Technologies at Ag Lending Conference
Nebraska Ag Connection - 08/08/2018

Moody's Analytics will explore industry trends and new technologies at the 23rd annual Commercial & Ag Lending Conference (CALC), Sept. 24 to 26 in Omaha. Attendees will learn from Moody's Analytics and industry experts about key trends in commercial and agricultural lending and community banking, and the technological advancements underpinning these developments.

Senior executives, in particular, will benefit from the "New Trends in Technology" content stream at CALC 2018, which includes sessions on how to get started with open banking and blockchain, among other topics. The agenda also includes sessions on the future of small business lending, and the next wave of commercial real estate analysis. Throughout the conference, there will be a consistent focus on the role of technology, and how to maximize its value.

The conference will also address the challenges presented by the implementation of the Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) accounting standard. Participants representing community banks will learn practical approaches for managing their CECL implementations, and how to incorporate forward-looking information through both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Throughout these sessions, Moody's Analytics will showcase its regional and macroeconomic forecasting capabilities.

The CALC 2018 content streams are:

- New Trends in Technology

- Managing the Implementation of CECL

- Principles & Strategies of Credit Risk Management

- New Frontiers in Quantitative Analytics

Former NFL quarterback and change leadership expert Tom Flick will be the keynote speaker at CALC 2018. With the rate of change increasing exponentially, a strong understanding of change leadership concepts is critical. Mr. Flick will share his expertise and change leadership tools, which attendees can use to help gain a competitive advantage through faster execution and results.

Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech, returns to CALC 2018 to share his perspectives on the outlook for Ag Lending and the behaviors and patterns producers should look for. Dr. Kohl will also highlight metrics Ag lenders should consider to help them identify risk early and accurately.

Attendees at CALC 2018 will enjoy a host of networking events including golf, an outing to a local distillery, and a welcome reception at the world famous Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.

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