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Ben Lewis

Managing Director
Head of Sales

Financial Institutions | Denver, CO

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About Ben

Ben Lewis is a Managing Director and Global Head of Sales for Chatham’s Financial Institutions practice. He currently leads our business development efforts in the Western U.S., and since joining Chatham has worked with depositories of all sizes helping them manage interest rate risk through the prudent use of hedging strategies. Prior to his work with financial institutions, Ben worked with private equity firms and REITs to hedge their interest rate and foreign currency risk.

Before joining Chatham, Ben served eight years in the U.S. Navy as a P-3C Orion Naval Flight Officer serving in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Ben graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy with his bachelor’s degree in economics and is a CFA Charterholder. Ben has served on the Colorado regional board of HOPE International, a faith-based microfinance institution.

Publications

Guide

Increase lending capacity

  • COVID-19
Many financial institutions have excess liquidity due to the global pandemic and resulting economic stimulus. Management can deploy this liquidity into new loan originations or the investment portfolio. Although bond returns are better than cash, a more attractive return may be provided from mortgage loans.
Guide

 Considering derivatives for smoothing earnings and managing interest rate risk

As financial institutions continue to search for opportunities for more earnings in this low-rate environment, it is important to consider the value of adding derivatives to your strategy. Ben Lewis discussed this and more with C. Myers in a recent podcast.
Webinar

Interest Rate Hedging Strategies for Credit Unions

In this webinar, we will review the recent changes to the NCUA’s rules for derivatives and discuss hedging strategies that credit unions can apply to manage their interest rate risk. We will identify the advantages of adding derivatives to the ALCO toolkit while also considering some challenges...
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Expertise

  • Financial Institutions
  • Interest Rate Risk Management
  • Balance Sheet Risk Management
  • Borrower Swap Solution
  • Fixed Rate Loan Hedging
  • Hedge Accounting

Qualifications

  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

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