One advantage that community banks have over their larger competitors is that they seldom have to worry about securities analysts.

Large institutions live in terror of these people with their CFA titles. Let an analyst reduce a rating on a bank, and the stock is likely to take a big hit-and that means a lot for large investors, hedge funds, and officers holding stock options.

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