‘Life Be Expensive These Days’: Reality Fair Volunteers Can Help Students Be Smart Consumers

Volunteers are being recruited now for four upcoming Financial Reality Fairs in May and June. It’s a chance to give students, teachers and even credit union leaders a first-hand look at what it takes to be smart financial consumers.

Members Ready for Their Close-Ups? Personalized Cards from CO-OP Make It Easy

Photo-OP debit, credit and ATM cards from CO-OP Financial Services can help credit unions differentiate themselves from competitors and strengthen member loyalty by creating an emotional tie to personalized cards that members use most often.

Bread & Butter: Northwest Credit Unions Spreading Small-Business Financing Around Region

Efforts by Northwest credit unions to increase their member business lending have proven fruitful as the region’s not-for-profit small-business financiers outpace growth by traditional sources.

Overcoming the Challenges of 2012

John M. Floyd, chairman and CEO of Strategic Link business partner John M. Floyd & Associates, writes about the barriers still facing credit unions as the industry and economy work their way back from the current recession.

Credit Unions Can Offer TurboTax, Jackson Hewitt Discounts Through Invest in America

Bob Bearden of CU Solutions Group explains how Invest in America’s TurboTax and Jackson Hewitt discount programs can help credit unions save their members money.

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.

Compliance Question of the Week

When are member funds presumed abandoned?

Fed Increases Jumbo Mortgage Escrow Threshold

While the Fed increased the APR threshold, CUNA notes that credit unions have the option to continue to follow the lower threshold that applied prior to the change.