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Corporate Stabilization Revisited

August 25, 2009
Jim Jerving New legislation ‘eases the pain’ and boosts CU ROA. Turbulence within the corporate credit union system and the effects on retail credit unions were dominant topics at the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) earlier this year. In May, passage of S. 896, the Helping... READ MORE

Remembering Estes Park

August 25, 2009
Daniel A. Mica Similarities to a bygone era are striking. Later this month, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Board will mark an extraordinary occasion: CUNA’s 75th anniversary. The event will take place in Estes Park, Colo.—the site of the founding of our association. In making this pilgrimage, the CUNA... READ MORE

Create a 'Rudolph' Culture

August 25, 2009
LEAD STORY Your credit union is filled with “Rudolphs”—brilliant employees who can light the way out of the economic storm, according to “The Rudolph Factor: Finding the Bright Lights That Drive Innovation in Your Business.” The book uses the holiday character “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” as an analogy to delve... READ MORE

Negotiate Letters of Understanding and Agreement

July 20, 2009
Due diligence applies to agreements with regulators, too. Christopher Pippett Typically you might think of due diligence review as applying only to vendor relationships. However, you also should thoroughly analyze the formal agreements you might have to enter into with the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) or your state regulator... READ MORE

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

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