Economic predictions for CUs (Image: Shutterstock).

Like many of you, I’ve had a lot of extra time on my hands lately to look back on mementos and projects of the past, and one relic I recently stumbled upon was my first-ever CU Times editor’s column from July 2016, which attempted to answer the question, “What will credit unions look like in 2025?” Using predictions from experts coupled with my own conclusions based on several years of working in the industry, the column discussed what might be necessary for credit unions to survive and thrive a decade down the road.

It’s never a good idea to rely totally on an expert’s predictions, no matter how qualified they may be, but considering how drastically and unexpectedly our lives changed in 2020, many predictions made before this year actually have a high likelihood of being not just incorrect, but laughable.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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