Bankrate’s First Credit Union Study Sees Positive Signs

Bankrate’s 2010 Credit Union Study, the first of its kind for this financial services research company, indicates that despite speculation that free checking may disappear from many national banks, the consumer-friendly practice is very much alive and well at credit unions.

Make Plans Now to Attend a Merger Town Hall Meeting

The Washington Credit Union League and the Credit Union Association of Oregon Board of Directors have set the dates and times for the August Town Hall meetings to discuss the proposed merger of the two trade groups.

WCUF Cycle 2 Scholarship Deadline Extended

The Washington Credit Union Foundation has extended the application deadline for its Cycle 2 Scholarship Program. Prospective applicants now have until next Friday, July 16 to submit their application for all training events between August 2 and December 31, 2010.

Oregon/Washington Merger Town Halls Begin Next Week

The Washington Credit Union League and the Oregon Credit Union Association will begin Town Hall meetings next week to discuss the proposed merger of the two trade groups.

Senate Passes Sweeping Regulatory Reform Bill

The Senate on Thursday passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Financial Protection Act—the comprehensive financial reform bill that Congress has been working on for over a year.

Northwest Credit Union Association Formed

New trade group rolls out identity following board affirmation of member vote.

Explaining the Credit Union Difference in One Taxi Ride

Frank J. Diekmann ponders a new standard for explaining the credit union difference to his taxi driver in New Orleans.

Summer Credit Union Town Hall Meetings Now Being Organized

Cities have been tentatively chosen for Washington credit unions to discuss and provide feedback about the proposed merger of the Washington Credit Union League and the Credit Union Association of Oregon. They include Longview, Yakima, Spokane, Bellingham, Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia.

Regulation Continues to Expand in Credit Union Land: The Dodd-Frank Act Brings a New Regulatory Regime

Dennis Dollar’s perspective on the latest regulations designed to protect consumers from another “too big to fail” financial industry debacle.

Regulators Close Spokane Credit Union

News began to emerge Friday that regulators were in Spokane to close $11 million The Union Credit Union, which slipped below an allowable net worth.

WCUL Awards 17 Spectrums for Excellence in Marketing & Communications

Gesa Credit Union earns Best of Show with “Ditch & Switch” campaign. See their amazing television ads and other photos from the Awards luncheon.

40 Hours of Convention: A Week’s Worth of CU Love in Just Three Days

You’ve heard the pitch: The Washington Credit Union League Annual Convention and Business Meeting taking place this Sept. 14-16 in SeaTac is the state’s premiere, not-to-miss credit union event of the year.

Make the Payout Ratio Work for Your Credit Union in Challenging Times

The term payout ratio was originally applied in the stock market as a measure of return to investors (dividend payout ratio). Credit unions can benefit from from this concept by using these ratios to measure the percent of interest income that is paid to members in the form of interest on deposits.