Comment letters, congressional testimony and in-person visits with lawmakers in Washington are key components of a concerted strategy to kill, delay implementation of or at the least modify the Federal Reserve’s proposed rule on debit interchange fees.
If calls into human resource departments are an indication, some members and other consumers were able to get a better handle on cash flow, save more and manage their debt in 2010.
The big buzz words this year are "member engagement" and "engagement banking." But do they denote a new concept or a case of what old being new again?
Changing economic circumstances among its members have led yet another mainstream credit union to the realization that it has effectively become a community development credit union.
The Maryland & DC Credit Union Association has been considering a possible merger with the New Jersey Credit Union League as Credit Union Times first reported last Thursday.
Don’t be quick to dismiss the iPad as just a fad. According to Celent Senior Analyst Bob Meara, with their distinctive attributes like mobility, ability to operate in both online and offline environments, rich video delivery capability and a platform that encourages interactivity between staffers and consumers, tablets may be...
The sign on some credit union doors this spring might be "Help Wanted: Highly Educated Chief Financial Officers, Well-Versed in the New Accounting Rules and Ready to Put in Long Hours on Mergers." And one other requirement: the employing credit union best prepare to spend big bucks for outside accounting...
Call it a sign of the times that when consumer card advocate Bill Hardekopf of LowCards.com praised two cards' debit rewards programs, they were not cards issued by financial institutions.
It’s been four years now since lawyers from CUNA and the American Association of Credit Union Leagues drafted a so-called "Model Credit Union Act" for implementation by the leagues. But the 2011 project is off to a quick start with bills ready for introduction in several state legislatures.
Underscoring a policy aimed at reaching out to small community banks and credit unions, the Federal Reserve Board and its district banks last week began completing a series of high-level CEO appointments to its new advisory panels.
A professor of law at Brooklyn Law School argued that credit unions should back the privatization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, provided they can also ensure they get the same access to a privatized secondary mortgage market that banks would get.
The credit union industry is known for its kinship. Few dare to go on record and point fingers at their credit union peers for poor loan performance.
There may be no more contentious question in the typically placid world of credit unions than this: How many corporate credit unions are needed to keep the system smoothly functioning? And that leads to the allied question: Do we need any corporates at all?
Given the fast pace in which the world changes, never has the need for continuing credit union board education been greater.
The changing requirements for mortgage issuing have led CU Members Mortgage, one of the leading mortgage issuing firms with credit union partners, to restructure its operations.
John McKechnie began his first day on a Delaware beach in the summer of 2008 reading a front-page story in The Wall Street Journal about the serious financial problems facing some of the corporate credit unions.
A thousand or so users using up to 10 applications or more apiece and spread across a vast Canadian province can present a bit of a challenge for the IT folks responsible for keeping the network up and running well.
The Investor Education in Your Workplace program is being rolled out in North Carolina, with an initial quiz and survey set for March 28. Coursework and a final quiz and survey are scheduled for July 1.
With so many states facing huge budget deficits, the banking lobby last week fired the first salvo in Oregon in a re-energized national drive targeting the credit union tax exemption.
There is more proof that lending to small businesses is starting to recover in some loan size categories even in the midst of a continued decline of activity by financial institutions.
The Wisconsin Credit Union League is touting a report from National Credit Union Foundation's Real Solutions program about the amount of money the state's credit unions saved their members in 2010.
As it’s grown, credit unions and their volunteers have become an integral part of VITA, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program that provides free help on returns to those who qualify–and that’s millions of American households.
No conversation about the future of corporate credit unions goes very far before an ugly question intrudes. Isn’t it time to extinguish corporates entirely and turn the correspondent service work over to banks?
The $1.7 billion Redwood Credit Union of Santa Rosa, Calif. marking its first merger in three years, is expanding its local footprint by taking over the ailing, $90 million Cal State Central CU effective April 1.
Among the federal government’s most controversial actions during the Great Recession was the rescue of the automobile industry.
The nation's second largest credit union, State Employees' Credit Union, has become the second CU in the country to put computer chips into its credit or debit cards.
Reaching out to credit unions and other community financial institutions is among 2011’s goals, according to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s just-released 2010 annual report.
Xetus Mortgage Corp. of Palo Alto, Calif., said it has signed up two more small credit unions as users of its remote-delivery loan origination platform.
A South Carolina online banking specialist made a P2P shot across the bow recently when it said it was using PayPal as the person-to-person payment engine on its Internet banking platform.
Credit unions that want to connect with their members through social media should find a receptive audience, according to a new report from Fiserv Inc.
A major international antiphishing coalition said online payments services continue to be the favorite target of phishing fraudsters.
The 27,700 members of the $213 million AOD Federal Credit Union can now take advantage of mobile banking.
Educating consumers about the dangers of fake checks is the goal of a joint credit union-bank effort now under way in New York.
The $781 million Altura Credit Union is now offering users of iPhones, Androids, BlackBerrys and other Internet-enabled devices free downloadable mobile banking applications.
Although the financial crisis is over, credit unions still have an array of challenges to deal with to ensure that they survive and thrive in the complicated modern-day financial services marketplace.
Congress, state legislatures, the media, consumer groups and the general public continue to shine a spotlight on the strength of financial institution management. This same spotlight is shining on the strength of state and federal regulatory examination and supervision procedures. In the credit union system, growing compliance requirements and the...
Unfortunately, it has become increasingly difficult for the credit union industry to discuss the NCUA board’s regulatory rulemaking without a profusion of expletives. The NCUA’s regulatory pendulum has swung from the overly permissive cheerleading that led to the corporate credit union crisis to the opposite extreme of paralyzing restrictions and...
So the NCUA or Federal Reserve has issued a proposed rule that you detest. What to do? Hold your fire and be rational.
Credit unions that engage in legitimate debt collection practices could still find their actions restricted by the Federal Communications Commission.
It’s not just about your assets. While the NCUA and state regulators certainly care about the raw numbers of credit unions, they are putting more emphasis on scrutinizing how credit unions are run. In other words, the "M" in CAMEL is getting the spotlight.
The new Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection–which will be the driving force behind the writing and enforcement of a myriad of consumer regulations–isn’t scheduled to begin operating until July.
When one of Thomas Bonds’ staffers recently pulled him aside with a grim expression on her face and said that he was needed in another part of the building, the mind of the president/CEO of Corporate America Credit Union started to race.
When it comes to credit unions, there isn’t anything JSC Federal Credit Union Board Vice Chairman Curtis Collins won’t do. According to Texas Credit Union League President/CEO Richard Ensweiler, Collins is "Mr. Credit Union Volunteer."
It’s amazing how dreams change. Early in his career, Lynn Stephens thought working in the great outdoors in the Forest Service was a dream job until he got into management.
Speak to OnPoint Community Credit Union Senior Vice President of Marketing/Member Services Kelly Schrader for a few minutes, and it’s hard not to be inspired to do more.
Over his 37-year career in financial services, James Pendulik frequently pulls from an old sports expression: "You need to have the horses." The senior vice president, chief financial officer and chief operating officer at the $238 million Fairfax County Federal Credit Union in Fairfax, Va., refers to the idiom when...
Heather Moshier works for the benefit of her credit union’s members out front and behind the scenes, and, as if she had time to spare, has become a respected member of the nationwide network of CU technology managers.
Since the earliest days of American history, concerns about tax policy have prompted individuals and groups to express their opinions, sometimes in dramatic ways. The Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union has never dumped tea into a harbor, but its political awakening began when Congress considered imposing taxes on credit unions.
ASI Federal Credit Union became a low-income credit union before the low-income credit union designation, or even the NCUA, existed.
For San Antonio, Texas-based Generations Federal Credit Union, helping out members has meant making the sorts of loans it had never made before or had even contemplated making.
Credit Union Times is very proud to announce the winners of our 2011 Trailblazer Awards. The winners were honored March 1 at a reception held during CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington D.C.
Talk into any American Heritage Federal Credit Union office in the Philadelphia area, and you’ll quickly realize what the phrase "American Heritage" in its name means.
Failure happens, often again and again. When the nation was beset with a huge wave of savings and loan failures in the late 1980s–747 institutions were shuttered by regulators–lawmakers and regulators assured the public it had taken steps to prevent this from happening again. And then the recent more expensive...
Glum is the one word summing up of the mood of the bridge task forces, at least for Members United Corporate Bridge and Western Bridge and their plans to create viable entities for tomorrow.
Call the NCUA suit against WesCorp’s outside directors the warning shot that, whether the NCUA wins or loses that case, makes clear one fact. Serving on a credit union board involves risks, responsibilities, accountability and losses when the job is not done well.
When your CEOs serve an average of 25 years, some people might worry about a lack of fresh blood and new ideas.
If you don’t tell people what is on your mind, they’ll never know. The credit union industry has taken this to heart on the interchange issue.
Last year, Congress passed landmark legislation to reform the interchange fee system in America. This bipartisan effort came after years of congressional hearings and Government Accountability Office studies that made clear that the interchange system was on an unsustainable course.
Congress won’t undertake a massive overhaul of the regulatory system during the next two years, but there will no shortage of action on lower profile issues that impact credit unions.
It’s easy to let NCUA assessments have a negative impact on not only your balance sheet but also the attitudes within your credit union. However, the direction of our momentum in 2011 is vitally important to the credit union system’s success beyond 2011.
Since its introduction last year as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the interchange price cap amendment has been a source of great consternation for our industry. NAFCU, both in principle and substance, has fought it fervently.
At this year’s Governmental Affairs Conference, CUNA will be going live with a new consumer site–aSmarterChoice.org, which may help put credit unions on more consumers’ radars.
In what was almost a throw-away line in the Feb. 16 Editor’s Column, it was suggested that the agent credit card portfolio at NIH Federal Credit Union’s "illustrates the credit union difference and should make credit unions think long and hard about what could happen when selling their credit card...
The article about credit unions’ future investment options ("Natural Person CUs Plunge Into DIY Investing," Feb. 9 issue) correctly asks, "Who can you trust?" To a large degree, credit unions are currently placing their trust in firms, such as brokers, whose economic interests are contrary to their own.
Garden Savings Federal Credit Union, Parsippany, N.J., has announced the promotion of Robert Anselmo to chief retail officer. Anselmo has more than 18 years of experience in the financial services industry including the past four at Garden Savings, where he served as vice president of retail sales and service.
Dover Federal Credit Union, Dover, Del., hired Lynne Schwab Schaefer in January as vice president of business services. The new division will provide the Delaware business community with lending and deposit options. Schaefer brings over 20 years of diverse banking experience, most recently with WSFS Business Banking, to her new...
Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Bethpage, N.Y., in conjunction with the Elmont/Franklin Square Rotary Club to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society, collected over 75 bags of much-needed winter coats for Long Island’s needy during the cold winter months. Elmont school district residents, local community businesses and Bethpage Elmont branch...
Almost a year ago, I wrote a column explaining how publishers live in a world of numbers. As a credit union executive, your numbers are designed to show how your business is pacing and help identify trouble if the ranges get of synch.