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March 31, 2011

Lower Earnings Or Increased Interest Rate Risk?

If there is one thing to be said infallibly about risk management, it is never black and white.  The historically-low rate environment coupled with mostly-anemic consumer loan demand has put increased pressure on credit union margins across the nation; moreover, many are reaching their floor with regard to lowering deposit rates.  In light of the […]

March 17, 2011

Caps On Debit Cards?

A recent article from CNNMoney.com reported that JP Morgan Chase is proposing a cap of $50 (or $100) on individual debit card transactions in an effort to boost transaction volume.  Not surprisingly, they attribute the proposal to the pending changes in rates on interchange income.  Chase claims that debit cards will not be profitable for […]

March 10, 2011

Doing More With Less

Experts say one of the biggest outcomes from the current recession will be leaner companies that run more efficiently with less staff.  According to a recent article titled Companies Do More With Fewer Workers (USA Today, 02/23/11), productivity has risen more in the current recovery than previous ones (except for 2001), jumping 3.5% in 2009 […]

February 24, 2011

Count Your Business Opportunities

In an effort to improve earnings and enhance member profitability, many credit unions are moving toward more of a cross-selling culture during their account-opening process.  As credit unions do this, they should evaluate their processes and track effectiveness. The most efficient and effective process will vary depending on a credit union’s unique target markets, value […]

February 17, 2011

Shifting Deposit Trends

Over the last couple years, credit unions have grown lower-cost deposits.  This growth has largely been the result of a flight to safety that has occurred due to the economic environment.  Certificates of deposit (excluding IRAs) have decreased from a high of about 28% of funding in late 2007 to about 24% as of 3rd […]

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