The service returns deposits electronically from the paying financial institution to Southwest, rather than delivered by courier to a credit union's central office. Using credit union-specific criteria, the service can automate the redeposit of not sufficient funds items, report additional maker and payee information, and provide content-rich deposit detail reports through its online account management system.
"The reports will display images of returned items, group out large-dollar notifications and provide a downloadable file for printing returned item substitute checks that credit unions can give to members," said Bill Brennan, director of site operations for the Dallas-based institution. "Final settlement will occur between Southwest Corporate and the credit union, simplifying and removing the Federal Reserve Bank from the reconcilement process."
Implementation only requires signing forms and purchasing a low-cost MICR printer, he said, and can be up and running within two weeks.
Image deposit return joins branch capture, teller capture, business capture and member capture to complete Southwest's suite of remote deposit services, which it first began offering in 2002.
Mich. CU Offers Loan Makeover
First Community Federal Credit Union is helping its Michigan members take control of their debt through an "extreme loan makeover" plan. The program helps member's put together a financial improvement plan by consolidating credit card debt, refinancing their mortgage or refinancing an installment loan.
The credit union is offering a financial fitness consolidation loan that consolidates credit card debt up to a three-year term at rates as low as 7.24% APR. One financial fitness loan member will win a Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit and the credit union will pay off one member's 2009 financial fitness loan up to $5,000.
By using First Community's low-interest mortgage loan members can waive $500 off closing costs. Members can also use a rate reduction loan to take up to two percentage points off their current loan rate by bringing in their installment loan debt from another financial institution.