Articles by Bill Merrick

Schenk: Latest BLS Job Report Reveals ‘Three Big Positives’

Unemployment rate falls below 6% as economy adds 248,000 jobs.
Report may ‘change the future course of interest-rate adjustments.’
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Summer's End Signifies Start of Strategic Planning Season

Expect more membership and loan growth, and ‘fatter bottom-line results’ in 2015.
Two important developments from 2014 will affect CUs in 2015 and beyond.
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CUNA Economist Gives ‘Rosiest’ Forecast in Seven Years

Improving labor market, lack of inflation continue to buoy economy.
‘There’s a tremendous amount of pent-up demand in the system.’
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Guard Against Employment Practices Liability Claims

Such claims are on the rise, risk management expert warns.
Four steps to protect your CU from litigation.
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Regulators Focus on Interest-Rate Risk

Be prepared to answer pointed questions from examiners.
Schenk: 'Aggregate CU risk profiles are low and manageable.'
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Council Corner: Risk-Based Capital

CFO says NCUA's proposal 'would have a material impact' on his CU.
CFO says NCUA's proposal 'would have a material impact' on his CU.
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Advocacy Puts Board Members on Offense

‘Don’t underestimate the influence you have.’
As unpaid volunteers, directors’ input on CU issues carries substantial weight with legislators.
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CUNA Councils’ Milestone Bodes Well for Movement

CU leader credits success to professional development.
Royal CU CEO Rudy Pereira takes career advice to heart.
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Humanize the Digital Banking Experience With ‘Storyselling’

‘The traditional banking model is ‘broken and flawed,’ Lay says.
‘It’s the real moment that sells online.’
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Simon Sinek: ‘Be the Leader You Wish You Had’

Positive leadership is like parenting, says America’s CU Conference keynoter.
Create a ‘circle of safety’ to gain employees’ trust and loyalty.
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