Would you be surprised by who is actually borrowing from your credit union, or applying for loans? A recent article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) noted the growing trend of baby boomers moving into their retirement years completely unprepared from a financial perspective. The article states that “people in the U.S. ages 65 to […]
While interest rates have been fluctuating over the last few months, some feel rates will consistently begin to move up based on indications from the Fed. But what if they don’t? As you discuss your earnings and interest rate risk, it is important to not just look at the risk. Credit unions should pull it […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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