Total assets at December 31, 2012 were $499.2 million, representing an increase of approximately $93.9 million, or 23.2%, from $405.3 million at December 31, 2011. The increase in total assets is primarily attributable to growth in our deposit portfolio. Cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2012 were $50.6 million, representing an increase of $8.6 million, or 20.6%, from $41.9 million at December 31, 2011. Investment securities were $181.2 million at December 31, 2012, compared to $129.9 million at December 31, 2011, representing an increase of $51.3 million, or 39.5%. The increase in our investment portfolio is primarily attributable to the purchase of agency mortgage-backed securities and investment grade corporate notes of $62.3 million and $28.4 million, respectively, during the year ended December 31, 2012. The weighted average life of our investment securities was 2.80 years and 3.50 years at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. Loans were $266.7 million and $233.0 million at December 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively. The majority of growth within our loan portfolio primarily related to an increase in our commercial real estate loans. Commercial real estate loans were $110.0 million at December 31, 2012, compared to $70.3 million at December 31, 2011. Prepayment speeds for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2012 were 27.0% and 23.2%, respectively, compared to 18.5% and 20.7% for the same periods last year.
Total liabilities at December 31, 2012 increased by $89.8 million, or 24.9%, to $450.0 million, compared to $360.2 million at December 31, 2011. This increase is primarily due to growth within our non-interest bearing deposits of $73.2 million, and is primarily due to our continued core deposit gathering efforts. Total core deposits, which includes non-interest bearing demand deposits, interest bearing demand deposits and money market deposits and savings, were $371.4 million and $285.6 million at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, representing an increase of $85.7 million, or 30.0%.
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