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April 29, 2010

When is Worst Case?

In risk analysis, it is important to make realistic assumptions about potential bad scenarios that could play out—large increases in interest rates and credit risk exceeding expectations are just a couple that come to mind. While interest rates are at an all-time low, credit risk is at an all-time high for some credit unions. In […]

April 23, 2010

Liquidity: Another Thing to Worry About?

Imagine a scenario where it is difficult to find deposits. Suppose the stock market is booming and members are taking funds out of your credit union. Even if you don’t have liquidity issues, what if your competitors do and deposit rates are higher as a result? Is this hard to imagine given all the liquidity […]

March 18, 2010

10 Reasons Things Went Wrong… Has Anything Really Changed?

For years, we have been emphasizing a list of 10 reasons (not in order of priority) risks are not appropriately managed in the financial services industry.  Many of these reasons contributed to the volatile economic environment we find ourselves in today. Mindset—We can take action when bad things happen so things will never be as […]

February 19, 2010

Observations On A Steep Yield Curve

The Treasury yield curve is rarely as steep as it is today.  The spread between the 3-month and 10-year has recently exceeded 350 basis points.  In more certain times, steep yield curves are beneficial to credit unions because the rates paid on non-maturity deposits are influenced by the short end of the curve and the […]

November 23, 2009

Lessons Learned: Are You Passing Up A Great Opportunity?

The frequency and magnitude of surprises in 2009 have created a unique learning opportunity that should not be passed up.  Too often, after navigating through a strategic challenge or opportunity, managements move on to the next issue without identifying the lessons learned from the most recent experiences.  This need not be a complex exercise.  In […]

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