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Turnover Trends

With the recession waning, your most valued employees could get lured away.
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CUs are rethinking their front-line staffing strategies to meet members’ changing preferences.
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The Pros and Cons of Loan Automation

 Choose the right tools to make the loan process seamless for members.
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Retain the human touch, eliminate irregularities and improve loan efficiency.
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Build Up Security Policies and Budgets

Include the costs of security in your CU’s business plan and overall budget.
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Knowing that your CU is only as strong as its weakest link illustrates how important it is to have a strong security system in place.
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CFOs Offer Big-Picture Projections

Loan growth, jobs, and risk management are critical to future success.
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How do CFOs view credit unions’ outlook in the months ahead?
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 Sharpen Your Board’s Financial Skills

CUs are finding innovative ways to meet NCUA’s new requirements.
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When NCUA’S new financial literacy rules went into effect last July, credit unions took a closer look at their directors’ basic financial skills.
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CUs Cut Costs as Margins Shrink

 How can your CU grow and cut expenses at the same time?
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The financial world is changing fast. Positioning for the future is critical in this competitive environment.
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Celebrating the Year of Cooperatives

CUs share their plans for the worldwide event.
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Credit unions around the world will recognize the contributions cooperatives make every day in the lives of members and their communities.
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Payday Lending

CUs keep recession-ravaged members out of the debt trap.
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CUs aren’t waiting for the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to change how payday lenders operate. Instead, they’re offering financially distressed consumers affordable borrowing options.
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The Consumer Awareness Crisis

Awareness of CUs is alarmingly low. One-half of consumers ages 18 to 24 don’t know what a CU is.
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Why has annual CU membership growth been only about 1.5% during banks’ worst public-relations crisis in a generation?
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Real Estate at a Crossroads?

Property values in many markets haven't bounced back, but some CUs see increasing mortgage demand.
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CUs are continuing with strong underwriting standards while helping members as much as possible to stay in their homes.
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