SEEKING RETURN: "Most banks don't have the tons of cash and liquidity that we have," says Raj Singh, the COO of BankUnited, which has been retaining more mortgages as investments.

Midsize Banks Hold More Mortgages Despite Rate Risk

Some regional and large community banks are retaining more mortgages for investment because better-than-average deposit growth has given them extra cash they need to deploy. However, they are selective about which mortgages they keep.

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