President Obama circumvented Senate Republicans and made a recess appointment of Richard Cordray to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In making the appointment he explained that we “shouldn’t be weakening oversight and accountability, we should be strengthening it–especially when it comes to looking out for families."
Call mobile banking vs. online banking the face-off that isn’t. That is the word from IT experts as they forecast how, and with what, we will conduct our financial transactions in 2012. And for those who had been wondering if they could downplay, maybe even terminate, online banking as more...
Two years ago, a group of young people who dubbed themselves the Crash Network pushed their way onto the credit union scene at CUNA’s GAC conference.
In a historic bid to chart new legal ground on community charters, a Kentucky federal credit union has converted to a state charter, marking the first such switch in the state in 30 years.
An attorney representing the members who filed suit against IBM Southeast Employees Federal Credit Union confirmed that a settlement had been reached regarding alleged fraudulent investments sold through a third-party broker dealer that was working with the credit union.
In late December and early January, three more credit unions announced their end of 2011 member rewards. Two CUs thanked their members with a bonus dividend payout and loan rebate, and one said it awarded members by saving them $10 million in loan payments throughout its history.
Shortly before year end, NCUA announced it had launched two new websites to increase transparency of the corporate resolution system.
Despite complaints from small business owners, Bank of America is calling recent reports that it is cutting or closing credit lines for all of its small business clients “speculation.”
The lingering slowdown that is afflicting the U.S. economy is forcing credit unions to pay more attention to collections, a part of their business that is often forgotten or ignored, according to a new report prepared by the CUNA Lending Council.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Wednesday issued its report on corporate credit unions and the NCUA. And the report’s title tells the story: “Earlier Actions Are Needed to Better Address Troubled Credit Unions.”
In the span of just 12 months, a revolution in financial transactions has occurred. Mobile banking has shifted from nice to have to must have at credit unions across the country as a stampede of institutions have embraced the idea that members demand the convenience of banking from the palm...
The tough NCUA financial literacy requirements for credit union volunteer directors came as a loud wake-up call on Jan. 27, 2011. And the provision came with a requirement that all new directors had to gain financial literacy within six months of their election.
On March 12, the Americans with Disabilities Act’s new standards will become law. One section of the standards calls for new technical requirements for ATMs, including Braille instructions, speech output capabilities and specifications pertaining to keypad layout, display screen visibility and character size and font.
In an unforeseen management shift, Benson Porter, president/CEO of the $5 billion First Tech Federal Credit Union of Palo Alto, Calif., will be taking over the $9.7 billion BECU of Tukwila, Wash., next April, succeeding retiring CEO Gary Oakland.
Iowa’s Community Choice Credit Union, embroiled in a signage flap with veterans, learned a thing or two recently about avoiding the passive role when it comes to staying on message.
The NCUA said last week that it plans to withdraw a request to extend its program for the monthly collection of financial performance and executive compensation data for large Region 3 federally insured credit unions.
At the beginning of each year, pundits rely on the old trusty trends they saw over the last year, what they see for the coming year and New Year’s resolutions. That’s what readers expect and there’s a comfort in getting what you expect.
The wardrobe options may have been what initially drew Denise Wymore, vice president of member loyalty at Santa Fe, N.M.-based Del Norte Credit Union to credit unions, but the ability to make a real difference in people’s lives has been what has kept her going 31 years later.
Back in 1908, when Monsignor Pierre Hevey was setting up America’s first modern-day credit union in his Manchester, N.H. home, he probably wasn't concerned with delinquencies and charge-offs. As the founders of the modern American credit union, Hevey and his team focused on services important to his parishioners at the...
Since 2008, governmental agencies have been actively involved in molding and shaping all aspects of mortgage lending in an effort to protect the borrower. Change affecting the industry is a daily discussion in efforts to remain ahead of the game. The Home Valuation Code of Conduct, AIR policy, RESPA, the...
The year 2011 was one of growth and change for credit unions. Many CUs announced positive news, such as asset growth, improved loan performance and large bonus dividend payouts. The Bank Transfer Day movement increased membership numbers for CUs, and many CU newcomers are in their 20s and 30s. As...
I was disappointed that CUNA and NAFCU have taken the position that converting credit unions should pay future corporate stabilization fund assessments. I see this as an exit tax on credit unions. I see it as contrary to the principles of charter choice and free markets. I object to any...
Having more than enough money to lend would seem to be a good problem to have. For many credit unions, however, the economy’s stalls and starts to recovery in 2011 kept members more focused on paying down debt and trimming expenses. Taking out new loans? Not so much.
Despite the U.S. housing finance market ongoing uncertainty, three credit union mortgage executives painted a largely positive outlook for 2012. Credit Union Times asked their thoughts on what the industry can expect as well as what the mortgage lending expectations in are in local markets.
Throughout the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, a time when many consumers were struggling financially, credit unions provided much-needed financial services to their members.
Coming to the rescue of younger members looking for help meeting higher education costs presents an opportunity for credit unions to shine.