75% of Millennials Willing to Switch Financial Institutions: Experian

A recent report from the credit reporting company shows that 3/4 of Millennials are willing to switch financial institutions, often for better interest rates, better rewards, and better customer service.

The Ever-Changing Financial Technology Landscape and the New Role of Fintech Companies

Credit unions and their members have high expectations for outstanding technology—including mobile banking, financial education products, and security solutions. How can credit unions navigate the choices between and relationships with the vendors providing these services? An Amplify breakout session will provide answers.

Six Steps to Improving Your Employees’ 401(k) Plan Results

Having a 401(k) is second only to health insurance on employees’ list of most important benefits. If your credit union has already taken the crucial step of having a retirement plan in place, consider these additional steps from CUNA Mutual Group to help employees make good decisions about their plans.

‘Finovate’ Brings Financial Innovations to West Coast; NWCUA Offers 25% Registration Discount

More than 70 companies will get seven minutes each to pitch the latest innovations in financial and banking technology at the FinovateSpring 2014 conference in April, and the Northwest Credit Union Association is offering special registration discounts now for member credit unions that would like to hear those ideas.

Legal Briefs

Your weekly update on the regulatory landscape includes updates on elder abuse as well as a synopsis of Richard Cordray’s plans for the CFPB’s future.

Credit Unions Must Investigate Consumer Credit Report Disputes

A new bulletin from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau spells out the bureau’s expectations for companies that furnish information for credit reports.

All Eyes on Eminent Domain Battle between California City and Mortgage Companies

The fight over the use of eminent domain for underwater mortgages is heating up in California. It’s a strategy that is gaining traction and the city of Seattle is said to be considering similar options.

Will Big Data Give Each of Us a Pop-Tarts Moment?

In this week’s Strategic Link business partner article, NCA Security & Technology Insight reports on big data collection and its potentially big benefits to consumers and the financial services providers trying to give those consumers what they really want.

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Four Reasons to Use Cause Marketing

For credit unions, giving back is part of doing business. Now more than ever, evidence shows that telling this story to consumers in the form of cause marketing pays off. CafeGive Social is a newer Strategic Link business partner giving credit unions templates, tools and online support to create cause marketing campaigns.

Legal Briefs

Your weekly update on the regulatory landscape.

Three Credit Unions Rated Among Oregon’s ‘Best Companies to Work For’

Unitus Community, Rogue Federal and Pacific Crest Federal Credit Unions were all recognized by Oregon Business on its list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon, the publication’s 20th-annual survey-based list.

OnPoint Wins Accolades on Business Journal’s Most Admired Financial Services Companies List

OnPoint Community Credit Union has been recognized as one of Oregon’s “Most Admired Companies.” The Portland Business Journal ranked OnPoint third on its top-10 list in the financial services category.

STCU Named on Great Place to Work® 2012 Best Small & Medium Workplaces List

Fortune magazine yesterday announced that STCU is one of America’s great places to work, ranking 16th nationally among medium-sized companies on the magazine’s “Great Place to Work: Best Small & Medium Workplaces” list.

CFPB Releases Small-entity Compliance Guide for Remittance Transfers

The CFPB has released a small-business compliance guide highlighting issues that businesses—especially small businesses and those that work with them—should consider while implementing the new remittance transfer requirements.

Jeff Russell to Credit Unions: Prepare for Change

“Consumers want options, which is what companies like Google, Dwolla and Paypal bring to the space,” Jeff Russell told NWCUA Convention-goers during Thursday morning’s general session. “Because a large percentage of earned income from exchange fees, which is declining, credit unions have got to be ready.”

NWCUA Regulatory Advocacy Update: Association Meets with NCUA Northwest Leadership

The weekly Regulatory Advocacy Update outlines the NWCUA’s efforts to reduce the regulatory burden on credit unions and protect the larger movement. Included here are updates on a recent meeting between the Association and the NCUA.

Bloomberg Investigation Confirms 2010 NWCUA Report on Stimulus Lending

A report released by Bloomberg this week revealed that the Federal Reserve secretly loaned more than $1.2 trillion, confirming published predictions made in recent years by NWCUA CEO John Annaloro.

Credit Unions Offer Work/Life Balance to Recruit and Retain Talent

A case is made for work/life balance: It will help recruit the best and brightest employees.