Join Catalyst Corporate for 2015 ‘Blueprint for Success’

On January 9, Catalyst Corporate Federal Credit Union will deliver its annual ‘Blueprint for Success,’ an economic outlook for credit unions covering topics like rates, credit risk, investments and regulatory concerns. The multimedia presentation will be delivered as a moderated panel discussion for the first time.

“Credit unions benefit from having information delivered in a dynamic, visual format,” said Mike McGinnis, Catalyst Corporate vice president of investment services. “We believe using video instead of a standard webcast, especially with this year’s panel discussion format, will make it more engaging and improve retention of the material.”

Even more important than format, he said, is content. “Of course, the most critical aspect of all of our educational programs is how relevant the information is to credit unions,” said McGinnis. “Catalyst Corporate staff members have the ability to explain the connections between market and economic events and credit union balance sheets and operations. That’s hard to find anywhere else.”

The 2015 Blueprint for Success will include a discussion of how economic growth will impact member spending, loan growth projections, liquidity, investments and cost of funds, among other current issues.

The event will be broadcast January 9th at 1 p.m. Central Time. Panelists include Steven Houle, Catalyst Strategic Solutions’ Director of Advisory Services, Mark DeBree, Catalyst Strategic Solutions’ Director of ALM Services, and Sarina Freedland, Catalyst Corporate Senior Investment Officer.

The Blueprint for Success broadcast is the first of many programs that Catalyst Corporate and Catalyst Strategic Solutions will bring to members and clients in 2015. In addition to regularly scheduled economic reviews and forecasts, periodic education will be provided by in-house experts on topics such as asset-liability management, investment strategies, loan participation, liquidity, and interest rate risk management, McGinnis said.  Catalyst Strategic Solutions also will host its annual certification program – a series of five sessions that lay the foundation for effective financial management – and will bring in guest speakers on topics such as student lending and loan portfolio analytics.

These online programs complement the in-person conferences that Catalyst Corporate and Catalyst Strategic Solutions will host in 2015 – such as the Financial Management Seminar and 38th annual Economic Forum scheduled for October 5-7 in Las Colinas, Texas – as well as the third annual Accelerating Success conference April 30-May 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Catalyst Corporate also hosts an array of webinars on operational topics, service features, TranZact (its comprehensive online account management system) and regulatory issues throughout the year. For information about all Catalyst Corporate and Catalyst Strategic Solutions educational programs, visit: or

Credit unions can register for Blueprint for Success at this website, and Catalyst will send them login details by email.

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