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A History Lesson on Consumer Lending

Posted by Susan Griffin

Thu, Feb 07, 2019 @ 11:19 AM

Part 1: The Early U.S.

It’s always good to look back on how segments of banking originated based upon events or existing needs of the time. And, as the old cliché goes, you can't know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been. This is as much true in business as it is in life.

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Topics: Credit Unions, consumer lending, financial institution, consumer, fintech, banks

Help Us Help You: How Providing Content Feedback Helps Everyone

Posted by Molly Mantei

Wed, Dec 19, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

 

Are you one of the 72% of American online consumers who would prefer to find the answer to your question on a company’s website rather than call or email the company? If so, this post is for you.

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Topics: Customer Experience, Relationship Management, Credit Unions, retail, feedback, banking, customer satisfaction, Jack Henry and Associates, awareness, consumer

Reinventing Your Card Strategy for the Digital World

Posted by Jennifer Geis

Wed, Oct 24, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Cards Come First as Payment-Of-Choice

When is the last time you used your credit card? Most likely, you used it within the last few hours – or at the very least, within the past couple of days. Consumers worldwide are depending upon and using card payments at increasingly higher rates. What’s the reason for the hike in card usage? Cards are convenient. Cards allow us access to a trail of our purchase history. We’re rewarded when using our cards with points, cash back, or other items. And lastly, cards offer a “buy now pay later” benefit that we all can appreciate. According to a study done by VISA and Pymnts.com titled How We Will Pay, 61% of all consumers say speed or trust is the most important reason for using credit or debit cards. Two-thirds of people prefer to use cards or mobile options over cash. And 77% of people would still patronize stores if they dropped cash.

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Topics: Mobile Banking, Credit Unions, financial institution, consumer, banks, Online Bill Pay, Payments, cards, credit cards

A History Lesson on Consumer Lending - Part 2

Posted by Susan Griffin

Fri, Oct 12, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Part 2: From the 1900s to the New Millennium

In the early 1900s, banks and finance companies were unwilling to lend to many poor laborers, who then turned to corrupt moneylenders and loan sharks, which defines the term predatory lending. Edward Filene, co-owner of the Filene Department Store (later referred to as Filene’s) wanted to give his workers a way to save their money or obtain credit when hard times hit. He formed a savings and loan association for employees which later became the Filene Employee's Credit Union. This helped to form the Massachusetts CU Association established in 1909 by Edward Filene. This later served as a model for the Federal Credit Union Act of 1934.1

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Topics: Credit Unions, consumer lending, financial institution, consumer, fintech, banks

True Community in Financial Services

Posted by Danny Payne

Wed, Oct 03, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

For those people that know me or follow me on social media … I am a long-time Cleveland sports fanatic. Outside of the 2016 NBA Championship by the Cleveland Cavaliers, it has been a life of suffering through some heartbreak and some bad teams. The team I love and give the most to is the Cleveland Browns. I am laughed at, the target of jokes, and often just asked, “Why?”

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Topics: Customer Experience, Credit Unions, small business, customer satisfaction, consumer, banks, Football, Community, relationships, Information Technology

Big Business in Small-Dollars

Posted by Mark Messick

Wed, Jul 11, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

 

Perhaps you saw the bulletin issued recently by the OCC encouraging financial institutions to make small-dollar, short-term, consumer loans.  I did and for me it points to a big hole in the traditional lending net that needs to be mended (and not by credit card offers).  While our topic today doesn’t deal with consumer lending outright, the bulletin reminded me of three great reasons why today’s financial institutions should consider offering small-dollar loans to businesses.

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Topics: Financial Services Industry, Commercial Lending, Credit Unions, small business, financial institution, banking, consumer, Small Business Market, loans, Loan Pricing

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