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‘Blueprint for Success’ Explores Implications of Fed Rate Hike on CUs
Monday, January 9, 2017 6:35 AM

Catalyst Corporate’s fourth annual Blueprint for Success live-streaming event Jan. 10

Events at the end of 2016 have the potential to influence significant change at the beginning of 2017, including an expected rate increase by the Federal Reserve. What would this mean for credit unions?

“The Fed’s minutes from their meeting in December carry a fairly hawkish tone, and the market has a 45 percent probability of a hike at their meeting in May,” said Steven Houle, vice president of Catalyst Strategic Solutions Advisory Service and speaker at Catalyst Corporate’s upcoming Blueprint for Success economic outlook. “Unfortunately, nobody knows when and by how much rates will increase in 2017.”

“Credit unions should be keen to know how members will react to higher consumer loan rates," Houle continued. "Will loan demand be as strong as the past three years?”   

These questions and more will be discussed at Catalyst Corporate’s fourth annual Blueprint for Success, a free, 50-minute live-streaming event scheduled for Jan. 10 at 1 p.m. CST. This event is designed to help credit unions understand unfolding economic activity, such as regulatory changes or the investment environment, and the impact it may have on their operations in 2017.

“Blueprint for Success does a great job highlighting relevant information for credit unions, including specific strategies to help their financial performance,” said Houle.

In addition to Houle, speakers include Mark DeBree, vice president of Catalyst Strategic Solutions ALM Services; and Sarina Freedland, Catalyst Corporate senior investment officer. Dallas television personality Jane McGarry will moderate.

This year's event will provide an opportunity for credit unions to interact with the speakers. Attendees may submit questions about the economy during the registration process and/or by using the chat feature during the live event.

Catalyst Corporate will award one CPE credit in the economics field of study for attendance and participation in this event. This course is a live event with a basic program level. No prerequisite or advance preparation is required. To receive CPE credit, participants will be asked to respond to several poll questions during the presentation.

Blueprint for Success is open to the public. To register, see Upcoming Events on Catalyst Corporate's home page, For more information, please email