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September 16, 2010

Budgeting During Times Of “Unusual Uncertainty”

Creating a budget is always a challenging and uncertain process.  Developing the annual budget for 2011 may be unusually difficult as there is heightened uncertainty about loan demand, interest rates, investment yields and deposit trends.  Net operating expense concerns include share insurance assessments, threats to non-interest income and provision for loan loss trends—stable, declining, or, […]

September 9, 2010

Annual Long-Term Financial Planning Process: Include A Deflation Scenario

We strongly recommend that credit unions annually invest the time to forecast financial performance for at least three future years.  The baseline forecast should compliment the strategic plan and include the cost of major initiatives, as well as expected growth trends.  If the baseline does not produce satisfactory performance, determine what changes could be made.  […]

September 2, 2010

Are Your Second Mortgages Secured?

As we discussed in our April post, Bankruptcies on the Rise and the Evolving U.S. Debt Burden, bankruptcies have been rising at an alarming rate this year. The trend is likely to continue—it will be interesting to note how the situation evolves (since 1st quarter) when the U.S. Judiciary releases second quarter figures in the […]

August 17, 2010

“I Want To Grow Our Investment Portfolio”

At the moment, there aren’t many credit unions that would make this statement.  Net interest margins continue to be squeezed by the extended low rate environment.  Deposit pricing is nearing the bottom, but there’s still plenty of room for loan and investment yields to decline.  It’s no different for big banks.  Just from the first […]

August 5, 2010

Chinese Rating Agency Downgrades U.S. Credit Rating

Chinese rating agency Dagong Global Credit Rating Co., known in China for rating companies, recently issued credit ratings for 50 countries for the first time. (Dagong’s Report) Below is an excerpt of the top 20 nations rated: Perhaps the most notable was the downgraded AA rating given to the U.S.—two levels below the top grade.  […]

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