Articles by James Collins

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Take My Life…Please

Ten easy steps to serve crooks your identity on a silver platter.
James Collins
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'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.'
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Seven Reasons to Play

If your CU decides to have a social media presence, get used to a lack of control.
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Social media marketing has been the bane of many organizations.
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Regulations We’d Rather Not See

We all hope these regulatory predictions don’t come to pass.
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These are the regulations that make credit union CEOs as neurotic as hypercaffeinated squirrels.
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Ten Loan Ideas for 2013

They’ll come in especially handy if we stay stuck in this low-rate environment.
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Economists have predicted credit union loan growth to be about 5% in 2013
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‘Want Some Basel in Your Soup?’

How about a new minimum capital requirement of 10.5%, or even 13%?
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When I first heard of Basel III, I thought it was a genetic mutation of a plant I often put on homemade pizza.
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Be Sure to Plan for the ‘Outlier’

Prepare Plan A for likely economic conditions, and Plan B for unforeseen circumstances.
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Economists’ predictions represent the most likely scenario—one that’s highly likely to be...wrong.
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The Dangers of Mobile Multitasking

 When it comes to tech decisions, don’t always default to the least expensive option.
James Collins
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To make your mobile platform decision, you must analyze highly complex and technical options.
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The 10 Fee Commandments

Sometimes fees make sense; other times they simply don’t.
James Collins
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CUs everywhere are looking for new sources of income.
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Hitchhiking Through the Virtual Universe

Tread carefully through the maze of bugs, fixes, patches, and upgrades.
James Collins
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A column about credit unions and the book “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy."
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How to Avoid Labor Litigation

Document everything, and find a good labor attorney.
James Collins
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Legal actions have exploded in recent years in both private and class-action lawsuits.
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