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June 14, 2012

Net Interest Margin and Risk Limits

A/LM measurement systems, policies and defined risk limits are intended to help ensure that credit unions do not take unacceptable risks relative to their insurance—which is net worth. While this sounds straightforward, much depends on the measurement system and policies in place. Consider the example of a credit union that uses net interest income (NII) to […]

May 31, 2012

A Few Questions To Consider Regarding Branch Strategy

What is your credit union’s long-term branching strategy?  That might be a tough question to answer for many institutions.  As margins have decreased, many credit unions have had to take a long and hard look at the effectiveness and profitability of their branch network.  While the bulk of new memberships, loans and deposits originate in […]

May 24, 2012

Excerpt: The New IRR Rule – Be Prepared

The National Credit Union Administration recently issued its final rule requiring “federally insured credit unions to develop and adopt a written policy on interest rate risk management and a program to effectively implement that policy, as part of their asset liability management responsibilities.  The interest rate risk policy and implementation program will be among the […]

May 17, 2012

Operational Efficiency—Improving Earnings And Member Experiences While Driving Increases In Net Worth Dollars

In comments surrounding the new rule on Interest Rate Risk, the NCUA states that, “net worth is the best measure against which to gauge a credit union’s risk exposure.”  As credit unions are looking to improve earnings and grow net worth dollars in this historically low interest rate environment, yield on assets and cost of […]

May 10, 2012

c. notes Excerpt: Thriving In A World of Shrinking Margins

As interest rates have been at historic lows for a prolonged period of time, credit unions have had the benefit of lowering their cost of funds (COF) as loan and investment yields decline.  Many seem to have worked through their credit issues and, at least for now, have been able to reduce their provision for […]

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