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Articles by Bill Merrick
First-Quarter Setback Won’t Derail Economy
Expect 3% economic growth for the rest of the year.
June 27, 2014
‘Consumers have paid down debt and consumer confidence is rising.’
Build a Better Board
A variety of skills and viewpoints can give your board a fresh perspective.
June 26, 2014
CUs find new board talent by implementing term limits, leveraging board committees, and reaching out to community leaders.
Gauge Your Social Media Reach
A high level of interaction among followers is a sign of strong media engagement.
June 13, 2014
Move beyond 'likes' and followers, advises Amaia Kirtland, CUNA’s social and digital media manager.
Schenk: Retirement Planning a Huge Opportunity for CUs
Only half of U.S. families have any retirement account.
June 3, 2014
Serving as members’ trusted financial advisor will cement relationships, build loyalty.
Schenk Outlines ‘Grave Concerns’ with NCUA’s Risk-Based Capital Proposal
Policymakers should encourage more of what CUs do, not less.
June 1, 2014
The comment deadline for NCUA’s risk-based capital proposal is Wed., May 28.
Build a Strong Corporate Culture: Lessons from Zappos
‘Culture defines who you are, not what you do.’
May 29, 2014
Zappos’ 10 core values drive the company’s success.
Seven Steps to a Better Retirement Plan
Does your retirement plan stack the deck in favor of staff?
May 21, 2014
Prepare for the ‘defined benefit-ization’ of 401(k) plans.
Auditors Take the Fight to Fraudsters
Keep a tight leash on member information, and require certain measures to protect it.
May 21, 2014
Seven common audit findings—and how to avoid them.
Economic Tailwinds Create Smoother Sailing
Good economic news nationally bodes well for CUs.
May 20, 2014
CUNA economist predicts gradually rising short- and long-term interest rates.
Award Highlights Benefits of CU Membership
Six CUs receive ‘Top Performance Awards.’
May 20, 2014
Consumers benefit to the tune of $8.5 billion each year due to CUs’ marketplace presence.
Credit Union Magazine
September 2014 digital edition
Apple Pay Will ‘Chew Into’ Interchange Revenue
Highlights from the Joint CUNA Tech/OpSS Council Conference
'Speed Rounds' Highlight Host of Innovations
CUNA Tech/OpSS Conference Concludes
Sievewright: Buckle In for a Transformative Decade
While I thought that the premise of the article was good, I found one point very disturbing. It is that the Visions FCU ages people off their board at age 70. I found that really offensive. It perpetuates what I believe to be the regrettable marginalization of elders in our society, and the often erroneous assumption of debility and decline after a certain chronological age. Lots of folks over 70 are leading dynamic and viable professional lives and contributing to our society. How about Warren Buffet, a number of Supreme Court Justices, Jimmy Carter, the late Nelson Mandela and the late Maya Angelou, to name but a few, along with scads of writers, academics, performers, artists, and often our friends, neighbors and colleagues. If Visions wants new people on their board, it seems as though the term limitations and a nominating committee can accomplish that without aging all people off at age 70. I think that’s so insulting. And if those were paid employment, it would be illegal. I do wish you’d have picked a different credit union to profile---one that perhaps does many of the same things, without the arbitrary age exclusion. There have to be others out there.
David, good point about the "recovering comfortably" comment. That was an editorial addition--which I'll remove.
Many good points but too rosy? Will the "Federal Reserve raise short-term interest rates 1% per year for the next three years, starting in 2015—“probably next year at this time” ? I have heard from other economist that the US government will go bankrupt if that happens due to the QE the fed has done for several years. Also it seems an exaggeration to say “We survived a heart attack,now the economy is recovering comfortably." Comfortably recovering is too ignore the economic stress that many members still live with daily that will eventually affect many credit unions.
Karan, Great article and insight. I would also recommend that you start getting those credit cards into the hands of the youth BEFORE they are in college. One of the best ways to reach this young generation is through mom and dad. Before the student goes to college, get them started with a credit card (even if mom and dad are joint on it). It's never too early to start marketing credit cards. Mark
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