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February 15, 2017

Too Much Loan Growth?

Many credit unions have had the good problem of being so successful in lending that liquidity has become a challenge.  A blog we wrote in December 2016 identified 6 key questions that decision-makers should evaluate on the issue.  This post expands on that topic by looking at several possible liquidity solutions credit unions are considering […]

January 18, 2017

Pay Attention to Liquidity

As we conclude our budget and forecasting work with many credit unions, we continue to see expectations for loan growth to exceed share growth in 2017. Combining this trend with an assumption for higher interest rates could squeeze liquidity positions in 2017. Callable bonds may no longer get called and mortgage related assets will extend […]

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 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 […]

July 9, 2015

An Approach to Monitoring Liquidity

Loan growth in the credit union industry was in double-digits as of first quarter 2015.  While this is a welcome change from the flat to negative growth experienced in 2010, it can put a squeeze on liquidity if not monitored appropriately.  Liquidity monitoring and measuring is a big focus for credit unions and for examiners.  […]

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