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October 3, 2013

If My Investment Strategy Hasn’t Changed, Then My Interest Rate Risk Hasn’t Changed—Right?

  We often are asked “If I keep my investment strategy the same through various rate cycles, won’t my interest rate risk be the same?’’ The answer is no. Let’s take a simple example of a 5-year bullet purchased in June of 2013 compared to a 5-year bullet purchased in June of 2007. As of […]

September 26, 2013

IT Project Management

Looking back 20 years, most of us were content to sit and wait while our modems hissed and pinged to life. Now, the average person is unwilling to wait 10 seconds for a page to load or for the technology to work. The cliché is true—technology is constantly changing. And, if your credit union is […]

September 19, 2013

High-Functioning Credit Unions

High-functioning credit unions and the team time trial are not usually discussed in the same conversation. However, the team time trial provides an apt example of a high-functioning group particularly with regard to leadership. The team time trial requires cyclists to ride single file within inches of each other often at speeds up to 35-40 […]

September 12, 2013

Execution: A Strategic Plan’s Worst Enemy

  Many credit unions are heading into their annual strategic planning process.  Successful strategic planning requires credit unions to answer tough questions.  For example: Is our business model relevant or does it need to be fine-tuned or completely overhauled?  Are members changing the way they use our delivery channels and, if so, what do we […]

September 5, 2013

Project Management Concepts: Communication is Key

As many credit unions embark on creating or revising strategic plans, there will undoubtedly be new projects and initiatives created to move the credit union forward into the future. As you contemplate these projects, ask yourself: Have our projects been successful this year? Have they been completed on time, within budget and met stakeholder expectations? […]

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