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M Is for Machine Learning -  Not Magic

Posted by Patty Moore

Jul 5, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Several of my colleagues and I recently had an opportunity to visit the Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA to meet with their data scientists and SQL Server 2016/ SQL Server R Services experts. Our objective was to collaborate on the machine learning models we are developing for our Advanced Reporting for Credit Unions™ (ARCU) business intelligence solution.

While machine learning algorithms have been around for quite some time, our team is looking to productize and operationalize predictive models for 240+ Jack Henry/Symitar customers. Predictive analytics is an area of data science that is getting more and more attention.

Why? Companies have accumulated a breadth and depth of available data and they want to maximize their investment by generating predicted outcomes that will help them make better decisions and take faster action.

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Topics: Credit Unions, Tomorrow's Technology

3 Ways Credit Unions Can Make Their MBL Troubles All but Disappear

Posted by Jonathan Patrick

Dec 7, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Some credit unions didn’t get the news they wanted regarding recent changes by the National Credit Union Association (NCUA) to the Member Business Lending (MBL) regulations. The announcement included the removal of the requirement for personal guarantees from business loan borrowers. What the announcement didn’t include, to the chagrin of some credit unions, was the removal of the so-called “MBL cap.” If you aren’t familiar with this part of the regulation, Section 723.16(a) states “The aggregate limit on a credit union's net member business loan balances is the lesser of 1.75 times the credit union's net worth or 12.25% of the credit union's total assets.”

The MBL cap has long been a regulatory sore spot with some credit unions and some government officials. As far back as 2010, there were U.S. Congressmen sponsoring legislation to increase the MBL cap. Even as recent as May 2016, there were Congressional leaders expressing their desire to see the cap increased to encourage credit unions to expand lending to small business owners. (1) But the reality is that raising the cap would only positively impact a small number of credit unions. Credit Union Journal pointed out that of the 5,954 federally insured credit unions, only 106 credit unions were relatively close to the cap. (2)

Why then is the MBL cap such a “hot button” for some credit unions, especially when there are several ways, other than new legislation, to work around the cap?

 

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Topics: Regulatory Compliance, Credit Unions

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