Articles by James Collins

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Take My Life…Please

Ten easy steps to serve crooks your identity on a silver platter.
'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.
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.
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.
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%?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Legal actions have exploded in recent years in both private and class-action lawsuits.
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