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Not All Growth Is Good

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article (‘Free’ Checking Costs More, 9/24/12), “free” checking accounts are on the decline. The article cites a Bankrate survey of banks indicating that just 39% of non-interest checking accounts are free to all customers, down from a peak of 76% just a few years ago in 2009. Banks […]

Preparing For Strategic Planning

As you prepare for strategic planning with your credit union, consider carving out time to go through a structured strategic thinking process.  There are many scenarios to test drive.  Test driving helps you rehearse tomorrow today.  The objective of a structured strategic thinking process is to expand thinking and imagination – not necessarily to make […]

To Grow Or Not To Grow—What? Is The Question

For credit unions that are growing deposits faster than they are growing loans, the question often asked is “what do we do with the money?” Perhaps the question should be changed to “should we have the money in the first place?” While it may seem that no matter how low deposit rates are taken money […]

A Few Questions To Consider Regarding Branch Strategy

What is your credit union’s long-term branching strategy?  That might be a tough question to answer for many institutions.  As margins have decreased, many credit unions have had to take a long and hard look at the effectiveness and profitability of their branch network.  While the bulk of new memberships, loans and deposits originate in […]

Mobile Banking And Strategic Resource Allocation

The Credit Union Times recently released an article titled Mobile Banking Report: Credit Unions Lagging Banks.  In the article, Mary Monahan of Javelin Strategy & Research cautions that institutions that lack mobile banking risk losing valuable customers to those that offer it.  She enforces that many credit unions still do not offer mobile banking apps […]

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