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CUs Can Expect Economic Tailwinds
The economy is gaining traction in several sectors, according to CUNA's senior economist.
December 5, 2013
With 2014 right around the corner, CU executives are wondering what’s in store for the economy.
The End Is Near!
Federal Reserve announces plans to phase out quantitative easing.
August 1, 2013
The Fed has used this tool to purchase $40 billion in mortgagebacked securities and $45 billion in longer-term Treasury securities each month since December 2012.
The Return of the Borrower
Less household debt and the improving labor market bode well for CU lending.
June 7, 2013
Expect CU loan balances grow 5% to 6% in 2013—and even faster in 2014.
Will the Fourth Time Be a Charm?
The Fed’s QE-4 plan will keep pressure on CUs’ net-interest margins.
February 11, 2013
The Fed is saying it’s willing to accept an inflation rate that is higher than its target of 2%.
Fiscal Cliff Deal Should Spur Optimism
CUNA economist says the deal will boost household and business confidence.
January 12, 2013
The fiscal cliff agreement will have a net positive effect on the average American.
Dear President Obama…
How to stimulate both short-term economic growth and long-term fiscal responsibility.
December 10, 2012
These suggestions aren’t politically palatable, but at least you have options.
CU Financials Show Improvement
Mortgage balances are growing and delinquency ratios are dropping.
September 1, 2012
In the first half of 2012 credit unions reported improving financial results.
CU Assets Hit $1 Trillion Mark
But future asset growth will be limited by capital growth.
June 1, 2012
In March 2012, the credit union movement’s total assets reached $1 trillion for the first time in history.
Three Years Down, Three More to Go
The Fed projects low short-term interest rates through 2014.
March 12, 2012
In January, the Federal Reserve announced that projected economic conditions would warrant exceptionally low short-term interest rates “at least through late 2014.”
CU net interest margins could drop below 3% for the first time in history.
December 12, 2011
Don't expect a turnaround until 2013.
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Credit Union Magazine
December 2013 digital edition
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CUs Can Expect Economic Tailwinds
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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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