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The Force Is Strong With This One
The payments value chain might be more vulnerable to a judge than to disruptive technology.
December 1, 2013
What happens if a Jedi judge, with the stroke of an 18th century quill, does what tech companies have been trying in vain to do for the past three years?
A Closer Look at Payday Loans
Never underestimate the tenacity of a consumer who wants something.
November 22, 2013
Yes, payday loans are horrible, but research shows they meet a need.
How to Get More Core Competition
Consolidation among core processors isn’t ideal, but neither are the alternatives.
November 1, 2013
What would happen if the top companies in the U.S. could be lured into building core systems for us?
The Cloud Can Rain on Your Parade
Cloud computing holds great promise and potential, but it’s not without risk.
September 23, 2013
Cloud computing is powerful, amazingly inexpensive, and flexible. But there’s one thing it is not: without risk.
Ten Strategies for Living in the Past
These tongue-in-cheek tactics are your ‘road map to irrelevance.’
August 23, 2013
If you decide to reject these 10 low-tech strategies, be prepared to kiss your nice empty parking lot goodbye.
Treat Card Portfolios Like a School Dance
Muster your courage, walk across the gym, and say something witty and romantic.
August 16, 2013
Too many CUs treat revolving credit like car loans—the proverbial “one and done.”
My P2P Solution Involves Pen and Paper
It’s not trendy, but the check is still a reliable P2P solution.
July 15, 2013
You don’t need electricity to write a check.
The Road to Insurance Can Get Confusing
It ultimately comes down to trust between members, your CU, and your provider.
May 26, 2013
Is this something credit unions should have in their product and service repertoire? Depends.
Take My Life…Please
Ten easy steps to serve crooks your identity on a silver platter.
April 26, 2013
'Perhaps rather than telling members what not to do, we should take the difficult ones and tell them the opposite of what we want them to do.'
Seven Reasons to Play
If your CU decides to have a social media presence, get used to a lack of control.
April 9, 2013
Social media marketing has been the bane of many organizations.
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Credit Union Magazine
December 2013 digital edition
League Presidents Pass the Torch
CUs Can Expect Economic Tailwinds
A Look Back With Jeff Post
Unbankable: The Noble Birth of Credit Unions
Survey: Young Credit Card Users are Better Credit Risks
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Good list of five, with room for a 6th, i.e., avoid cheerleaders as directors. When it comes time for a constructive critical thoughts to be raised by senior governance directors, cheerleaders add no value other than making themselves feel valuable because of 'feel good' fairy dust they want to sprinkle over everything said and everything done. That's not Governance, that's Cheerleading, and it requires a change of uniform and a change of title.
Great advice Barry! -Mary Ann Schlung Colorado Credit Union
I had the pleasure to attend this year conference. Josh was dynamic speaker. Love the "why" message.
Amen, Amen, Your financial well being has a lot to do with the time of your birth. I used to envie those guys at Employers Insurance who came home from WWII and stepped right into a growing economy full of opportunities. Never gave much thought tot he fact that their "opportunities" occurred because they had survived the Depression and hadn't been among those killed in action in the Great War. They wer, frankly, in short supply.
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