Articles by Bill Merrick
CUNA's economists debate the merits of government stimulus vs. fiscal restraint.
October 26, 2010
In 1932, John Maynard Keynes ignited a debate among economists and policy makers that still burns to this day. In a letter to the Times of London, Keynes proposed using federal deficit spending to reduce the length and severity of the Great Depression. Is that the best approach to tackle today's economic challenges?Read More
An Australian CU's dedication to sustainability resonates strongly with members.
October 18, 2010
Kim Sponem's leadership sabbatical in Australia unearthed lessons U.S. CUs can apply.Read More
A Wisconsin CU CEO on sabbatical in Australia finds clues for dealing with challenges facing U.S. CUs.
October 2, 2010
A Wisconsin CU CEO on sabbatical in Australia finds clues for dealing with challenges facing U.S. CUs.Read More
Small changes can help CUs make big inroads into the Hispanic market.
October 1, 2010
Walk into your branches as if it were the first time and you didn't speak English.Read More
Lack of access to alternative capital could have serious consequences for CUs.
September 2, 2010
Alternative, or supplemental, capital could allow credit unions to raise money from outside the institution and use it as a capital buffer.Read More
Lack of access to alternative capital could constrain CUs' long-term growth.
September 1, 2010
Fallout from the economic crisis increases the need for alternative capital. Even well-capitalized CUs are limiting growth due to fear of capital constraints. But to use alternative capital, CUs would have to demonstrate management savvy and discipline.Read More
June 1, 2010
The recession has idled scores of U.S. factories. When the gates close, CUs become members' financial safety net.Read More
CUs face a delicate balancing act as they try to help members.
August 25, 2009
Can you spot the troubled debt restructuring in these scenarios?Read More
Four of 10 CUs plan to forgo raises this year to survive tough economic times.
July 20, 2009
This year at GTE Federal Credit Union, Tampa, Fla., no employee will get a raise, promotion, or 401(k) match. But nobody's complaining.Read More