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Low Growth, Low Yields, Low Inflation...High Risk?

Posted by Jerry Boebel

Wed, Mar 11, 2020 @ 10:17 AM

Do you remember the actor Ben Stein? My generation knows him as the monotone teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (“Bueller...Bueller...”). I’ll bet you didn’t know that his father, Herbert Stein, was actually the more famous member of the Stein family. Herbert was an economist of some repute to whom credit is given for Stein’s Law.  Stein’s Law states that if something cannot go on forever, it will stop. Consider Stein’s Law and how it impacts the current combination of low interest rates, low growth and low inflation.

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Topics: Credit Unions, Banking

Advocacy in Action: Celebrating the Credit Union Movement at the CUNA GAC

Posted by Tracy Almquist

Mon, Mar 09, 2020 @ 11:15 AM

Every year, thousands of eager, determined credit union professionals flock to the streets of Washington D.C. for the annual CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC). With more than 5,500 attendees, this year was no exception. Every credit union showed up with the same purpose: to celebrate each other and our movement – and to make our voices heard!

I have been fortunate enough to attend more than 10 GACs … but there was something particularly special about this year’s event. There was a spark that left me feeling inspired and proud to be a part of this community.

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Topics: Credit Unions, Modern Membership

Simple Ways Credit Unions Can Gain and Retain Today’s Modern Member

Posted by Nicole Harper

Wed, Feb 19, 2020 @ 11:23 AM

“We’re here to help with your car loan process.” – my auto loan provider.

I joined a local credit union to get an auto loan.

My auto lease was nearing its maturity. Since I like my car and drove less mileage than expected during my lease term, I decided to convert my lease to a purchase. I worked with my auto dealer who presented me with a great auto loan rate from a leading local credit union. I signed the papers and was happy to become a member of a second credit union.

So, what went wrong?

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Topics: Credit Unions, Modern Membership

U.S. Core Providers Supporting the Credit Union Movement

Posted by Nicole Harper

Fri, Dec 06, 2019 @ 11:07 AM

A look at the core players

More than 600 credit unions have changed core processors in the past five years. The pace of change and transformation happening in the financial services space makes selecting a technology partner more important than ever.

Each year, Callahan develops a valuable resource guide to help credit unions explore their core processing options.  Callahan strives to make this publication the go-to resource for credit union leaders seeking valuable analysis and actionable insights in a rapidly changing world. The 2020 Supplier Market Share Guide: Credit Union Core Processors provides a look at U.S. core providers supporting the credit union movement. Collectively, these core providers have helped America’s credit unions achieve strong performance.

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Topics: Credit Unions, FI Operations, Future Ready, Modern Membership

Five Ways Lenders Can Grow Portfolios During Slower Economic Cycles

Posted by Patrick True

Fri, Aug 23, 2019 @ 07:30 AM

Throughout much of 2019, the economic debate has been whether the US economy would enter a recession in the next year or two. In the short term, it appears that the economy keeps moving along, albeit more slowly in some industry sectors. Most economists are predicting slower GDP growth in 2020 than the previous 2 – 3 years. That brings challenges for commercial lenders that wish to grow their loan portfolios during the next twelve months. But there are strategies that can be deployed to nurture growth in any economic cycle. Here are five methods that should be considered when attempting to grow your portfolio, even as the current cycle begins to slow.

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Topics: New & Trending, Commercial Lending, Credit Unions, Community Banks

Aggressive Competition for Core Deposits

Posted by Craig Laures

Wed, Aug 07, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

From January 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019 I’ve enjoyed meeting face to face with 172 community financial institution (FI) executives and managers representing 91 FIs. These FIs are diverse with total assets ranging from $31 million to $2.15 billion, various charters and specialties. These FIs are found in the smallest communities as well as large metropolitan markets and every size community in between. We discuss, in varying levels of detail, their objectives, initiatives, and projects important to the FI’s success. While each conversation is unique, the struggle to sustainably grow deposits seems to rise to the top as one of the most pressing issues during the past six months.

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Topics: Commercial Lending, Credit Unions, Community Banks

How Bad Is It?

Posted by Brynn Ammon

Sat, Jul 20, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

If you’ve ever been given bad news by a doctor, chances are your first question was, “How bad is it?” You wanted to know where you stood among the rest of the people in your bad situation. Are you going to die? Are you going to be in the hospital? Will it be painful? Will it require surgery? Will it require major life changes? Is treatment going to be expensive? All those questions and more run through your mind in a fraction of a moment.

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Topics: Credit Unions, Compliance, Community Banks

The Human Imperative

Posted by Deborah Matthews Phillips

Wed, May 22, 2019 @ 09:05 AM

Imagine one of the most deeply personal conversations of your life – a devastating terminal health diagnosis – being delivered by a robot.

This happened to a patient in a Fremont, CA hospital this year. He received the bad news when a telemedicine robot rolled into Ernesto Quintana’s hospital room and a remotely located physician informed Mr. Quintana by video call that his days were numbered.[1]

I imagined myself in such a situation, growing despondent over the depersonalization of our most sensitive encounters. As technology becomes pervasive across all areas of our lives, it’s time to reflect on critical philosophical questions about how and where to draw the line when technology becomes a poor substitute for human engagement.

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Topics: Credit Unions, Digital and Community Banking, Digital, Community Banks

The Power of Credit Cards: Drive Satisfaction and Competitive Value

Posted by Rich Dambra

Wed, May 08, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

As a community bank or credit union, you may be used to hearing that you’re important to your accountholders, not just in terms of product offerings, but to their overall financial well-being. But what if the value you bring to them could be further enhanced and solidified by issuing credit cards?

Credit cards have evolved beyond a simple payment. Today, they include purchase protection insurance and real-time alerts for worry-free purchasing, financial flexibility to cover unexpected expenses, and rewards programs for consumers who like to earn cash back or miles towards their next vacation.

As your cardholders continue to embrace credit as a tool to reach their financial and lifestyle goals, how are you supporting them?

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Topics: Credit Unions, Payments, Community Banks

No Shirt. No Shoes. No Card. No Service.

Posted by Nicole Harper

Wed, Apr 24, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

In a digital world, how long will cash remain king?

Two recent headlines got me thinking about cash. While I can appreciate the feel of a crisp new Benjamin, I don’t carry a lot of cash or use it often. Most of my cash is used for tipping or paying for the occasional home repair. I have no shame using plastic for small purchases which really annoys my husband (he’s a Brit).

Views about cash are personal and cultural. My husband, who grew up in the U.K., prefers cash over plastic for most everyday purchases. What we do agree on is the annoyance of coin. When we get it, we drop it into a giant Erdinger glass and feed our local Coinstar machine once a year.

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Topics: Credit Unions, Digital, Community Banks, Future Ready

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