Credit Union Times Magazine May 15, 2013
The one clear fact in the raging debate about the role of branches for credit unions is that the voices are getting louder on both sides, with some insisting that clinging to branches is strangling the industry’s profitability while others say that the personalization is what makes credit unions different.
The bulk of credit union and CUSO mortgage programs will see minimal impact from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac limiting the secondary market to only qualified mortgages, according to credit union and CUSO executives.
A U.S. Department of Homeland Security memo that said the May 7 distributed denial of service attacks threatened by the so-called “hacktivist” collective Anonymous against government and financial websites would be more bark than bite prove to be true.
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A working group report on tax reform delivered to the the House Ways and Means Committee May 6 was overall good news for credit unions, but it included some recommendations to scrap the tax exemption, too.
At a time when some credit unions are looking for ways to boost their loan portfolios, they may want to consider giving more consideration to two groups that fear seeking out financing for their business start-ups or expansions.
By the 1990s, the lending landscape in South San Francisco had changed considerably since a group of teachers came together in 1954 to charter a new credit union for access to small, personal loans.
For Stacie Wyss-Schoenborn, vice president of member solutions at BECU, the term status quo simply isn’t in her vocabulary.
CHICAGO — Credit union executives attending CO-OP Financial Services recent THINK 2013 Conference heard two teams of executives and a panel of experts debate whether the credit union industry needs to make measured changes to face future challenges or massive changes.
Industry isn’t swarming into western North Carolina, but tourism attracts lots of visitors, positioning local businesses as the economic heartbeat of the area.
Concierge banking is usually for the rich and famous at the high-end banks. Alamo Federal Credit Union doesn’t see it that way. They want their members to feel pampered and taken care of. Alamo FCU is going the extra mile to take members beyond satisfaction to elation–literally.
Over the years, I have seen the mission and values of the credit union industry expressed in the service brought to its members. I find that looking at the roots of an institution can remind us of its mission and values and connect us to those who have gone before...
Last month, the U.S. Senate introduced an immigration reform bill that proposed a complete overhaul to the country’s immigration system. Although a vote is likely several months away, credit union leaders would do well to begin paying attewwwwntion now as passage of immigration reform will undoubtedly impact them.
A stronger regulatory focus on managing interest rate risk on the balance sheet has brought to the forefront the requirement that institutions back test their IRR models. Back testing is a means to check the sufficiency of the data, the setup and the assumptions used to produce an analytical report....
Depending on who’s offering an opinion, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare by critics, is poised to either dismantle insurance coverage as we know it or will finally offer services to those who just don’t earn enough to pay for medical services.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a proposed rule and request for comment regarding a temporary delay in the June 1 effective date of a final rule provision that would prohibit the financing of credit insurance into a mortgage.
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