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SEATTLE — Robert Harvey, president/CEO of Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union, said when you talk about competition, “you’re not talking about an individual institution because this is an issue that spans deposits, members, or loans.”

In other words, “for auto loans it is the individual seeking convenience which makes the indirect market so popular,” he said, adding, “even though we are built on service, it is convenience” that dictates the competition. “Whether it is an individual buying an auto or finding a place to house deposits, you start with convenience and work up to price later on.”

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