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Study: Near-Unanimous Support for CUs in Oregon, Changing Attitudes Toward Marijuana Banking

Jointly conducted by LT Public Relations and DHM Research, the survey offers multiple key findings for Oregon credit unions interested in serving the growing industry.

CUNA Study to Document $6.6 Billion Regulatory Burden Costs

Nearly 300 credit unions logged in for CUNA’s first Membership Webinar last week and got a preview of a bombshell study showing the cost of the regulatory burden is $6.6 billion.

Help Roll Back Regulatory Burden

CUNA is recruiting 150 credit unions to take part in a landmark study on the rising costs of unnecessary regulatory burden, the results of which will be powerful tools to advocate for regulatory relief.

Join CUNA Study to Fight Regulatory Burden

CUNA is conducting the first-ever comprehensive study on the costs to credit unions of unnecessary regulatory burden. Northwest credit unions are invited to join the study, beginning with a webinar on July 15.

ECONorthwest Brings Deep Planning, Finance and Economics Expertise to Credit Unions

Through a unique partnership with Strategic Link, the respected economic consultancy is offering services tailored to credit unions.

Economic Study to Document Credit Unions’ Impact; First Look Will be at Amplify Convention

An in depth study will document the impact Northwest credit unions have on their local economies. Attendees to Amplify Convention will be the first to see the data.

Credit Unions Can Leverage Natural Strengths to Attract Millennials, Study Shows

Whether you call them “Millennials” or “Gen Y,” one thing is clear: Consumers born since 1980 know precisely what they want in a financial institution, a new study shows, and many are finding the “outstanding customer experience” they seek at credit unions.

GAO: Data Breach Policies Challenge Even Government Agencies

Merchants and financial institutions aren’t the only ones with data breach headaches. A recent U.S. Government Accountability Office study reviewed eight federal agencies and found that while they “generally” developed data security breach policies and procedures, they inconsistently implemented them.

CFPB Releases Initial Overdraft Study Results

The CFPB will continue to study overdraft programs before addressing any policy changes. But the Bureau has released the initial results of its 2012 inquiry. In our Strategic Link business partner feature this week, John M. Floyd, chairman and CEO of JMFA, shares perspective on the report.

Credit Union Checking is Still the Consumer’s Best Bet

Media reports this week spotlighted the increasing fees consumers are paying for NSF checks, however, a study shows credit unions impose such fees much less frequently than banks.

Filene Study to Quantify Impact of Regulatory Burden; Northwest Response Wanted

The Filene Research Institute is gathering information about the impact of the regulatory burden on credit unions. The survey will help to identify the most burdensome regulations and the time credit unions spend in compliance.

GoBankingRates Study Credits TwinStar with Nation’s Best Savings Interest Rate

According to a study of savings accounts at more than 4,000 financial institutions, TwinStar Credit Union offers the highest savings account interest rate in the nation with its Planned Savings account, a program that encourages members to develop good savings habits.

Credit Unions ‘Study Abroad’ During Wednesday’s General Sessions

The general sessions at Convention Wednesday had a distinctly international flavor thanks to a keynote address from Arnold Kuijpers of Rabobank Nederland and an afternoon panel discussion with leaders of the Canadian credit union movement.

GAO Recommends NCUA Increase SCRA Exams

Following a study by the GAO into the regulatory oversight of compliance with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, credit unions should evaluate their related policies and procedures in anticipation of increased SCRA focus in upcoming examinations.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Turns its Attention to Elder Financial Abuse

The CFPB is hoping to learn more about the many ways in which older Americans are financially exploited and about the best practices for elder financial management.

Members in the News

Your rundown on who’s doing what in the Northwest credit union movement.

Filene Study Shows Credit Union MBLs Outpaced Banks During Economic Downturn

Allowing credit unions to expand their commercial loan growth not only could help the economy, but also would improve the resiliency of their loan portfolios in times of economic stress, according to a recent Filene Research Institute study.

Attract New, Younger Members and Grow Loan Capabilities with CUNA Mutual Group

Strategic Link strategic partner CUNA Mutual Group continues to add resources, provide new services and fund new research to help credit unions make the most of every lending opportunity.