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December 8, 2016

Six Questions CFOs Are Asking About Liquidity

Consumer confidence hit a nine-year high in November as consumers’ views on both economic conditions and the labor market improved (Source: Wall Street Journal). Many credit unions have enjoyed increasing loan-to-assets, as have their competitors. Even if interest rates don’t increase, many decision-makers with high loan-to-assets are grappling with questions such as: Do we have […]

September 22, 2016

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad FinTechs? A Powerful Value Proposition Can Calm the Fear

A lot of financial institutions are concerned about the competition brought by FinTechs that seem to be rewriting the script for how financial business gets done. How can a credit union without a tremendous development budget hope to compete with their slick technology? The concern is well-placed, but perhaps, not for the right reasons. Yes, […]

September 9, 2016

5,875 – The Number of Credit Unions with Assets Less Than What?

Can you guess what this number represents?  You probably would not have guessed that this is the number of credit unions with assets less than the balances held on the Starbucks app and gift cards, which as of the first quarter 2016 totaled $1.2 billion (Source: marketwatch.com).  As a point of comparison, this is more […]

August 5, 2016

Interest Rate Risk in an Auto Loan – Really?

The competitive landscape for auto loans has fundamentally changed over the last 15 years.  There are more non-traditional lenders vying for autos and non-credit union lenders have been saturating the indirect lending market. These trends put pressure on pricing and take a bite out of the auto lending pie.  As a result, financial institutions are […]

July 12, 2016

Raging Payment Battle Requires Purposeful Strategic Thinking

Today, July 12, is Amazon’s Prime Day.  As part of the event, they are encouraging their members to apply for their Amazon Prime Store Card, which, among other features, offers 5% back on eligible Amazon purchases. The raging battle for payments continues to escalate.  Amazon is just one more threat to interchange income.  If you […]

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