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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 […]

August 11, 2011

Thoughts On Checking Account Fees

Given the current challenges that financial institutions are facing, free checking has been proclaimed a soon-to-be thing of the past.  Many banks and some credit unions have already moved away from free checking, but many credit unions are wrestling with the idea.  Here are a few of the arguments we’ve heard against charging for checking […]

August 5, 2011

U.S. Debt Downgrade?

Six days before the deadline to raise the national debt limit, 30 of 53 economists surveyed by Reuters news service believed the United States will lose its AAA debt rating in the near future.  Some would argue that kind of action is overdue with the national debt standing at about $14.5 trillion and growing.  However, […]

July 14, 2011

Do You Have A Clear Philosophy On Fees?

With fee income under fire, it is becoming more important than ever for credit union boards and managements to be able to articulate their philosophies on fees.  Simply saying, “We don’t like to fee our members” is not enough.  Most credit unions are already considering, if not implementing, new fees and fee increases—not because they […]

June 3, 2011

NEV And Net Worth Are Not The Same

Reminder: While net economic value (NEV) and net worth represent two completely different concepts, they are often used incorrectly as interchangeable terms.  Even NCUA sometimes adds to the confusion.  In the April 2011 NCUA Report¹, an article on rising interest rate risk gives an example of a credit union with $5.5M in long-term, fixed-rate mortgages […]

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