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It's Time to Shape History

February 20, 2009
Tough times call for rallying around common challenges. History is a collection of watershed events and momentous times that can shape and define an industry. The credit union movement experienced such a time following the Great Depression. Challenging times call for banding together, caring for one another, and... READ MORE

Certainly Uncertain Months Ahead

February 20, 2009
Steve Rick The Fed’s ‘quantitative easing’ is necessary but insufficient. The only certainty of the 2009 business environment is it holds the greatest uncertainty most credit union leaders ever will experience. The reasons include uncertainty over the degree, duration, and dispersion of the recession; government policy responses; and the financial... READ MORE

Roadblocks to Member Growth

February 20, 2009
James Collins Some growth strategies stymie even the most dedicated CUs. Here are two numbers to think about:    0.88% —annual U.S. population growth, according to cia.gov, which it claims is “as accurate as anything else we’ve done over the past eight years.”   2% —annualized growth of credit union... READ MORE

What Do Employees Know About CUs?

February 20, 2009
What do employees know about credit unions, and how does that influence their member interactions? That was the subject of a study of 10 credit unions by the Filene Research Institute , Madison, Wis. "Employee Perceptions of Credit Unions: Implications for Member Profitability" expanded on an earlier Filene study, which... READ MORE

Social Responsibility Revisited

February 20, 2009
Sharyn Alden Through outreach efforts, CUs stand out as caring community partners. Social responsibility long has been important to credit unions’ strategic goals. But in today’s tough economic times, credit unions sense a renewed urgency about making their communities even stronger, better places to live. Setting the tone “Our country... READ MORE

Try a Little Self-Analysis

February 20, 2009
Mark Sievewright The best vision and mission statements are mantras for action. I’ve had the privilege of helping many credit unions, leagues, and trade associations with their strategic plans. Although it may seem early in the year to think about plans and budgets, the market environment dictates it’s time for... READ MORE

Tried and True

February 20, 2009
John Franklin The same philosophy that created the CU movement is alive and well today. This U.S. Credit Union System celebrates some historic milestones. In June, during the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) America’s Credit Union Conference & Expo, participants will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first U.S. credit... READ MORE

Tonic to Remedy the Ailing Ecomomy

February 20, 2009
Daniel A. Mica The CU ‘understanding gap’ is nothing new. Last month I wrote about the parallels between now and 75 years ago—when the Federal Credit Union Act was signed into law and when, not coincidentally, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) was founded. I beg your indulgence to continue... READ MORE

Bolster CU Know-How

February 20, 2009
LEAD STORY What do employees know about credit unions, and how does that influence their member interactions? That was the subject of a study of 10 credit unions by the Filene Research Institute, Madison, Wis. “Employee Perceptions of Credit Unions: Implications for Member Profitability” expanded on an earlier Filene study,... READ MORE

'Never Waste a Crisis' and Other Political Lessons From Buddy Gill

February 19, 2009
By Bill Merrick “Potomac Fever” struck Buddy Gill during a congressional internship in college, and he has been afflicted ever since. Crisis brings opportunity, says Texas CU League Chief Advocacy Officer Buddy Gill. Listen now . The Texas Credit Union League’s  chief advocacy officer/senior vice president has participated in more... READ MORE

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