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Reasons to Boast

July 20, 2009
What doesn’t happen to you is sometimes the best news of all. Daniel A. Mica Two major developments from Washington over the past several months—completely unrelated in their specific subject areas—give credit unions potential to boast. But neither event was instigated by credit unions. Both occurred in spite of credit... READ MORE

Advice From an Optimist

July 20, 2009
LEAD STORY Be optimistic. Be open to doing new things and meeting new people. Be open to the “Life is good” concept of living. Entrepreneur Bert Jacobs shared these simple messages with credit unions at the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) America’s Credit Union Conference and Expo in Boston. Jacobs... READ MORE

Member Acquisition & Retention, Economy Top CU Concerns

July 20, 2009
Attracting new members, the economy, retaining current members, and adapting programs to new technology are the biggest challenges credit unions face. So says a survey conducted by Credit Union 24 , Tallahassee, Fla. It examines successes and competitive challenges credit unions currently face. According to the report, the top challenges... READ MORE

Spotlight: Randy Smith

July 20, 2009
Who : Randy M. Smith What : CEO, Randolph-Brooks FCU Where : Live Oak, Texas What’s your CU’s member business lending outlook? Our outlook is good. While our loan growth was 17% for the last six months of 2008, it still grew 9% for the first five months of 2009.... READ MORE

E-Scan Insights: Demographics

July 09, 2009
For the first time in more than two decades, credit unions experienced an increase in the number of peak borrowers—members age 25 to 44, reports CUNA’s 2009-2010 Credit Union Environmental Scan Report . Credit unions continue to struggle, however, to attract future borrowers—members age 18 to 24. Those numbers are... READ MORE

Find the Right Strategic Planning Tools

July 01, 2009
CUNA Environmental Scan Editor Steve Rodgers explains how credit unions can use this tool in their strategic planning efforts, and describes some of the highlights found in the 2009-2010 edition. Watch now . At Digital Federal Credit Union in Marlborough, Mass., “We view any plan as a roadmap written at... READ MORE

WOCCU Chair Strives for Greater Global Unity

July 01, 2009
Melvin Edwards : CUs can gain greater influence by speaking as a single global body. Watch an interview with Edwards now . Credit unions' ethical leadership has given them both integrity and strength during the current financial crisis, according to Melvin Edwards, World Council of Credit Unions ( WOCCU )... READ MORE

Strategy in a Whole New World

June 25, 2009
Focus on your member relationships, take advantage of competitors' weaknesses, and embrace technology investments. Mark Sievewright, senior vice president, Fiserv Inc., Brookfield, Wis., delivered those words of wisdom at CUNA's America's Credit Union Conference & Expo in Boston. READ MORE

Four critical regulatory issues

June 24, 2009
Mary Dunn: Topping the regulatory agenda are regulatory restructuring, top-level changes at NCUA, examination issues, and corporate CU issues. CUNA Deputy Counsel Mary Dunn outlined four critical regulatory issues for credit unions during a morning breakout session Wednesday: 1. Regulatory restructuring. The proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency is a “glass... READ MORE

Magill: On the legislative front

June 24, 2009
John Magill: An ambitious Congress is proposing legislative measures at breakneck speed. A “very ambitious Congress” is proposing legislative measures “at breakneck speed,” John Magill, CUNA's senior vice president of legislative affairs, told attendees of a breakout session Wednesday morning. Two areas--credit card reform and the housing bill that contains... READ MORE

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