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STAMFORD Conn., March 16, 2023

Gartner Survey Shows 28% of CFOs Plan to Diversify Deposits Across More Banks After Recent Failures

Assessing Risk and Viability of Current Funding Sources Among Top Actions for CFOs

More than one in four CFOs said they plan to diversify their deposits across more banks after recent high-profile bank failures, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner polled over 250 CFOs and senior finance leaders on March 13, 2023 on their responses to recent bank failures and financial sector instability.

The top actions among CFOs following the failures include educating their boards on current risk exposures and assessing the risk and viability of current funding sources.

“The data shows that CFOs are clearly concerned about second and third-order effects from this unfolding banking crisis,” said Alexander Bant, chief of research, in the Gartner Finance practice. “While the immediate risks may have been stemmed by swift government action, CFOs are rightly assessing potential impacts to their own funding and that of their customers and suppliers. About one-third of CFOs are taking immediate action to reduce risk and ensure the viability of financing their organizations. CFOs have a short window to ensure security of their assets, payments, and funding in case things deteriorate further across the banking sector.”

Eighty-five percent of CFOs expressed concern about the impact of bank failures on their current operations, while 18% noted they had some level of exposure to one of the failing banks. The top actions CFOs are taking, or planning to take, include assessing their own funding sources for risk, educating the board on potential exposures and evaluating customer exposure and payment risks (see Figure 1). 

Figure 1: CFO actions and planned actions to mitigate risk related to recent bank failures

Source: Gartner (March 2023)

Despite government assurances that uninsured deposits will remain accessible, there is a sense of uncertainty among some CFOs about how the crisis will evolve, and there is a new focus on concentration risk for CFOs and their boards.

“This crisis has brought concentration risk into the spotlight, with some companies having upwards of 25% of their cash reserves caught in a failed bank,” said Bant. “The extent and nature of this crisis is still unclear and despite regulatory assurances, CFOs with concentrated positions at any one institution will prioritize diversifying their deposits as matter of urgency.”

Gartner clients can read more in: Top CFO Actions in Response to Recent Bank Failures

Nonclients can read more in: Recession Playbook for CFOs or watch the webinar: The Gartner CFO Playbook for Inflation, Recession, and a Tight Labor Market.

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