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Wednesday at MAXX: Political Prognostication, Policy, and Collective Action

Attendees leaned in to a welcome message from CUNA Mutual Group’s Bob Trunzo, followed by keynotes.

Optimizing Member Experience With CUNA Mutual Group’s TruStage Insurance

Protecting more than 16 million members, TruStage insurance products and programs include auto, home, life, accidental death and dismemberment, and health insurance. They’re available to credit union members across the U.S. and offer compelling and successful ways to build financial security for their families.

Credit Union Tax Status Untouched in Senate Reform Report

The report’s preservation of credit unions’ tax status shows that credit union advocates were heard.

Compliance Center: CFPB Releases Bulletin on Obligations When Dealing With Section 8 Housing Vouchers

Learn about Section 8 obligations; your question answered about protecting your credit union when you take power of attorney; plus this week’s legal briefs.

Replace Fee Income — and Improve Service — With the Opposite of Disruptive Technology

As income from cards and interchange fees is “disrupted” away, invest in relationships through frontline employees.

Most Credit Union Products Not Subject to Unrelated Business Income Tax, IRS Memorandum Says

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a memorandum that clears nearly all credit union products from being subject to Unrelated Business Income Tax. Also in today’s Anthem: Legal Briefs, and the Question of the Week: “Can a credit union run a promotion in which everyone who applies for a car loan is entered to win a prize?”

Generating Non-Interest Income in a Highly Regulated Environment

Credit unions looking for ways to remain viable and competitive can no longer rely on conducting business as usual. As the opportunities to generate fees from traditional services are reduced, many are concerned with how to maintain a level of income that allows them to offer the services that keep them competitive. It’s a challenging balancing act at best.

Natural Partners: Credit Unions and Life Insurance

Is your credit union membership at financial risk due to a lack of life insurance coverage? A 2013 study reported 30% of Americans have no coverage and 44% have no individual life insurance. Our Strategic Link business partner CUNA Mutual Group shares some suggestions.

Northwest Credit Unions Receive Grants from the NCUA

Six Northwest credit unions will be able to expand services, offer new loan products and provide educational opportunities thanks to grants awarded by the NCUA.

Why Debit Cards Are Still a Growth Product

Financial institutions with assets over $10 billion shifted their focus from debit cards during the interchange fee battle. Still, Strategic Link partner Card Services for Credit Unions (CSCU) thinks the product may present opportunities for credit unions.

$1.8M in NCUA Grants Available to Low Income Credit Unions

The NCUA is making over a million dollars in grant money available to credit unions with LICU designation. The grants can be applied toward a number of priorities including computer modernization and financial literacy.

Sprint Offers Discounts to Members, and Income Incentives for Participating Credit Unions

Credit unions can earn non-interest income by offering Sprint discounts to their members. The deadline to sign up for 2013 benefits is May 30. Some of the credit unions that participated in 2012 received checks for more than $20,000.

Strategic Link Question of the Week

Our credit union just enrolled in Invest in America’s new Credit Union Auto Club program. Is this program available to all credit union members or only those who have taken out an auto loan with us?

Trio of Kitsap-Area Credit Unions Joining Forces to Support Members During Sequestration

Connection, Kitsap and Peninsula Community Federal Credit Unions are partnering with politicians and community organizations to proactively provide members with the resources and support needed to bridge any financial gaps or challenges resulting from sequestration.

Strategic Link Question of the Week

Our credit union is looking to bring in more non-interest income in 2013. Does Strategic Link have any partners that can help us accomplish that goal?

Legal Briefs

Your weekly update on the regulatory landscape.

Community Development and Community Finance: Where Opportunity and Mission Meet

The NWCUA and the NFCDCU are teaming up to provide two education sessions highlighting the work currently being done to bring affordable, sustainable financial services to low-income consumers and underserved communities.

Oregon Legislative Update: May Primary Election Looms Large

This Oregon Legislative Update outlines the state’s upcoming primary election, detailing the attorney general race as well as a number of ballot measures that could potentially impact credit unions.