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September 23, 2011

Excerpt: Silo Risk Management Needs To Stop

Many credit unions are beefing up their risk management process.  However, a critical component of the risk management process that is missing for many is evaluating and managing risk in aggregate. According to conventional wisdom, risk is quantified and managed in silos—including interest rate risk (IRR), credit risk, concentration risk, etc.  External forces no longer […]

September 15, 2011

Auto Lending: The Concerning Slow Decline

Traditionally, auto loans have been the “bread and butter” of credit union loan portfolios.  However, 1st mortgages have claimed that honor with short- and long-term trends showing continued declines in auto loans as a percent of total loans for the credit union industry’s balance sheet.  Auto loans have been consistently decreasing from roughly 40% of […]

September 9, 2011

Sources of Revenue…Something to Consider

Many credit unions are examining their business models and dissecting their membership in several ways. One example is by age group. The objective is to understand where business is coming from to help ascertain the age groups that contribute the most to the cooperative. Often the focus is on loans and deposits. However, a key […]

September 1, 2011

Are New Members Different?

These are challenging times for financial institutions but it’s tough for individuals too.  Setting aside employment woes, managing personal finances has become especially difficult with the stock market in flux and dismal returns on deposits.  As financial institutions shift strategies to adapt to the environment, customers are reacting by looking for a better deal.  A […]

August 26, 2011

Some Examiner Requests Conflict With Written Guidance – Make Sure to Get Clarity of Reasoning

We are curious as to why some examiners are requesting that credit unions establish risk limits based on 12-month net income simulations. This request is interesting in light of what was outlined in the Interagency Advisory on Interest Rate Risk Management.  The guidance states:  “When using earnings simulation models, IRR exposures are best projected over […]

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