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A Better Way to Fight Cybercrime: The Consortium

Battling cybercrime in the financial services industry can be downright scary. Threat actors are continuously evolving new phishing or ransomware campaigns on banks and credit unions.

Feb 24, 2022

Why Purchasing Premium Bonds Can Make Sense in a Rising Rate Environment

The market has priced in six FOMC rate hikes of 25 basis points by the end of the year, with almost four projected by midyear. Although volatility is likely, expectations are for a continued increase in interest rates. Most credit unions will benefit from this, but investing in a rising rate environment has its challenges. What does it mean for your investment portfolio?
Feb 23, 2022

You Need a Supervisory Committee Annual Review, but What Does That Entail?

Every year, credit unions must undergo a Supervisory Committee Annual Review, often referred to as a SCAR. Perhaps your credit union is due for one. At this point, you must decide which kind of review your credit union needs. What will it be? A Full-Scope Review or what’s known as “Minimum Procedures.”
Feb 1, 2022

The Federal Reserve is About to Change its Monetary Policy. Is Your Credit Union Ready?

At their November 2021 meeting, the Federal Reserve revealed they will begin to taper their asset purchases – a program that started at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and should conclude mid-summer of this year. What does this mean for credit unions?
Subordinated Debt
Dec 23, 2021

Checking the Boxes with Subordinated Debt

New Year’s Day will represent more than the flip of the calendar this year. After six years of discussion and deliberation, the NCUA’s final subordinated debt rule will take effect January 1, 2022. What do credit unions need to know about this upcoming rule change?
Dec 9, 2021

Measuring the Impact of Automation

When it comes to originating loans, whether for the lender’s portfolio or for selling into the secondary market, automation is a basic requirement. Today, there are too many legacy manual processes throughout the applicant’s journey from origination to closing. It’s not enough to have a system of record to process the information required to generate a compliant and saleable loan.
Nov 17, 2021

Digital Transformation Made Simple

As I talk to credit unions, I often hear that digital transformation is one of their biggest challenges. So, I set out to write a simple blog about how remote deposit capture can make life easier for credit unions as they face this process. But said blog took a detour in the direction of complexity…
Nov 17, 2021

Cornerstone Can Help Your Credit Union Meet the Moment Through Commercial Lending

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many changes in the market, including the way consumers think about their finances. More businesses are being launched now than at any time in the past decade as American workers pursue their entrepreneurial dreams, thanks in part to the rise of pandemic-induced innovation and emerging technologies. Commercial lending is a great way for credit unions to meet the moment and align their business strategies with meeting their members’ needs.
Oct 28, 2021

LIBOR Sunset & a SOFR Horizon – Here’s What Lies Ahead

Night fades to morning, morning turns to night. With each passing day comes change – a constant cycle that also holds true in the world of investments. As you may know, the London Interbank Offered Rate is being phased out in the U.S. and replaced with a new benchmark rate, the Secured Overnight Financing Rate. Here’s what you need to know.
Oct 26, 2021

Economic Crisis from COVID-19 Fallout Is Not the 2008 Housing Crisis

Shana Richardson has read a lot of headlines lately about banks pulling out of HELOC lending, and even a couple of credit unions. While lenders were complaining about the regulators clamping down on certain types of lending and other associated matters following the housing crisis – and it was a housing crisis – here we are doing just that. Were the regulators correct?
Sep 23, 2021

Inflation, Deflation, Disinflation…Now Stagflation?

Inflation, Deflation, Disinflation…Now Stagflation? The first three terms are probably familiar, but stagflation may be new to some. However, its been popping up more frequently in recent news. What does it mean and how should we prepare for the possibility of its arrival?


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