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2017 Spectrum Marketing Award Submission Window About to Open

Marketers: Get your best campaigns and examples together. Submissions will be taken starting January 3 for the awards which honor the best in credit union marketing, public relations, and other communications.

Washington Legislature Gavels Into Session

The Washington State legislature began its 2016 session in Olympia Monday, with lawmakers facing a large agenda and a tight, 60-day deadline. The Northwest Credit Union Movement is at the table.

NCUA: No Stabilization Fund Assessments in the Foreseeable Future

Careful management and improving economy have driven assessment projections into the negative, says Matz.

Northwest Credit Unions Urged to Continue Feedback to NCUA

The NCUA’s Listening Session later this month in Los Angeles gives credit union leaders a face-to-face opportunity to weigh-in on the agency’s proposed Risk-Based Capital Rule.

Catalyst Strategic Solutions Offers Six Economic Signposts for the Road Ahead

Brian Turner, chief strategist for Catalyst Strategic Solutions, looks ahead to 2014 and offers six economic road signs he sees in credit unions’ future.

Washington Division of Credit Unions to Continue Operations, Regardless of Budget Process

Even if the Washington State Legislature fails in its second session to pass a budget, the Department of Credit Unions will continue to operate without interruption, Anthem has learned.

Low-Yield Environment Set to Continue as Fed Votes to Keep Interest Rates Near Zero

The Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee voted this week to continue purchasing bonds and Treasuries and to hold the federal target fund interest rate steady at near-zero levels until unemployment falls below 6.5 percent.

Bob Trunzo Named President of CUNA Mutual Group Subsidiary

Bob Trunzo has been promoted to president of CMFG Life Insurance Company at CUNA Mutual Group, a role in which he is responsible for the products, distribution and service of the company’s U.S. credit union businesses as well as its 401(k) business.

St. Helens, Wauna Explore Merger Talks as Northwest Credit Unions Continue to Join Forces

Wauna and St. Helens credit unions’ boards have signed a non-binding letter of intent to explore the benefits of merging. The announcement comes on the heels of last week’s news that Horizon successfully merged with Montana First Credit Union.

Credit Unions Play Waiting Game as S. 2231 Awaits Senate Vote

With a Senate vote on the credit union member business lending bill still not scheduled, credit unions are finding ways to sustain their advocacy efforts over the long haul.

Credit Unions ‘Fact Check’ ABA Talking Points, Continue to Rally MBL Support

As credit unions continue to push to raise the MBL cap, the banks continue to put up roadblocks. Credit unions have issued a document “fact checking” the ABA’s talking points against S. 2231 as Northwest credit unions continue advocacy efforts.

NWCUA Regulatory Advocacy Update: Association Provides Feedback to NCUA

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 new NCUA proposals and the CFPB.

Credit Unions to Continue to Push Critical Legislation at CUNA GAC

With issues such as MBLs and supplemental capital gaining traction with lawmakers in D.C., the CUNA GAC, scheduled for the week of March 18, is the premier credit union conference to attend for political impact, networking, and industry information.

NCUA Provides Insight into Supervisory Focus for 2012

After assessing the downfalls of several failed credit unions, NCUA risk examiners will focus on three main types of risk in 2012: credit risks, interest rate and liquidity risks, and concentration risks.

First Tech’s Porter to Succeed Oakland as BECU President and CEO

BECU announced this week that Benson Porter will succeed Gary Oakland as president and CEO. Porter most recently led the merger of First Tech and Addison Avenue federal credit unions in Oregon and California.

Calls for Financial Reform Continue With Planned Balance Transfer Day

Balance Transfer Day is now being organized to encourage the transfer of credit card debt to low- or zero-interest cards. While not as specifically geared to benefit credit unions as its predecessor, Balance Transfer Day suggests that the public’s anti-bank sentiment is not fading.

Bank Transfer Day Nets New Members, But What Now?

Bank Transfer Day prompted unprecedented swells in new membership for credit unions. But what are credit unions doing now to engage these new members?

Boosting Fee Income Can Lead to Increased Market Share

John M. Floyd & Associates offers strategies for increasing revenue and growing membership through a renewed focus on building primary relationships around checking accounts.