Info Bytes 07.28.22

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2022 Reserve Survey


As always, YOUR participation is key! Please grab your favorite beverage, get comfy and relax your way into this ~15 minute survey.

Full results will be published the first week of August. View results from 2021

CAI is conducting a reserve study survey that asks questions related to structural integrity.

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Are your reserve funds earning a respectable return?

    • The FOMC unanimously approved another 75bps overnight lending rate increase to a target range of 2.25% to 2.5%

    • If you’re locking up funds more than 3 months at a time... you’re betting against the Fed which is expected to raise the overnight lending rate to between 3% and 4% by EOY

The US GDP (Gross Domestic Product) contracted again in Q2

A look at this week’s rates… (as of Thursday, July 28)

    • Note the yield curve inversion! Shorter-term maturities are elevated vs. longer-term maturities.

    • “As it relates to September, I said another unusually large increase could be appropriate, but that’s not a decision we’re making now; it’s one that we will m ake based on the data we see" - Fed Chair Jerome Powell

    • Mr. Powell reiterated that it’s still a good bet that the central bank will push its target rate to between 3% and 3.5% by year-end. - Michael Derby, WSJ

WSJ: Recession Fears Loom Over Economy
Fidelity Market Rates - Fixed Income, Bonds & CDs
Fidelity Money Market Fund Example Current Rates

Governance Matters

  • ‘Ask Your Attorney’…Only When Reasonable

    • This week’s Governance Matters is a short about the phrase “ask your attorney” which is tossed around incessantly

    • Despite overwhelming heaps of potentially confusing governance, asking your attorney is NOT always reasonable.

      • There are many places to find answers that don’t involve $300 to $500/hr!

    • When DON’T you ask your attorney?

      • When you know exactly what you’re doing!

        • Digging in and educating yourself (for free!) has immense benefit to your community whether you’re volunteering or getting paid

    • So … when DO you ask your attorney? Some suggestions:

      • When you’re assuming

      • When the Board can’t seem to agree

      • When the Board and CAM are stumped

      • When making unintuitive, consequential decisions

      • When you don’t know what you don’t know

      • When you initiate or respond to a legal challenge

      • When you know enough to know you need help

Discussion Highlights

Resource Updates

We’ve added two completely new resources this week.

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Unit Resale / Resale Certificates
  • NEW! Unit Resale & Resale Certificates

    • Resale requirements vary by state. This page focuses on Washington State requirements.

    • Most communities allow their management company to provide resale certificates, but fail to provide oversight:

      • WA state caps resale certificate fees at $275


      • A statistically large number of resale certificates are:

        1. invoiced at more than $275 total

        2. materially deficient in their content

Model Oath of Office
CIC State Statute Project

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A Note About Ukraine

The people of Ukraine are undergoing tremendous displacement from their homes coupled with loss of life, tragedy and suffering. Considering the global landscape can help us gain perspective in our daily lives.

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