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Study finds fintech offers lending promise rather than missed opportunities for credit unions

Sometimes the effort credit unions take to protect themselves creates the opposite effect — the effort itself harms the organization’s best interests and the interests of those you dedicate yourselves to helping.  A recent study by Filene Research and credit reporting agency TransUnion found that as credit unions have tightened lending standards during this uncertain […]
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Regulatory agencies encourage CUs to meet communities’ needs in response to CA wildfires and Hurricane Ida

All four federal regulatory agencies – the National Credit Union Administration, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation – have once again released separate joint statements encouraging financial institutions to “meet the financial services needs of their communities” in or near the two major disasters […]
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How credit unions can level up on financial inclusion

The last year and a half has proven both the inevitability and acceptance that has come with the digitization of the economy in the United States during and after COVID.  Since March of 2020 the tide of consumer online purchasing has come in, and we have shown no sign of returning to the pre-pandemic, brick-and-mortar […]
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Mr. Nussle goes to Washington

There has been a great fallacy permeating popular media over the last few years about the credit union movement and its growth through the acquisition of banks. Bank associations have pushed heavily on an inaccuracy (falsehood?) that their own institutional members are being “bought up by” <insert GASP! here> member-owned credit unions. Following a moment […]
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How Your Credit Union Can Join the Fight for Financial Inclusion

The fight for greater financial inclusion and stability in America has begun for millions of consumers following the pandemic that has pervaded industries, neighborhoods, and families in fundamental ways.  According to Pew Research in March 2021, about 50 percent of all adults who are not retired claim the pandemic has made it harder for them to reach […]
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Access to Small Dollar Lending Increases with Financial Inclusion Bill

Financial access to America’s economically underserved communities may have just received a big legislative boost.  The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) wrote a letter to the House Financial Services Committee leadership on June 8, 2021, fully backing the proposed Expanding Financial Access for Underserved Communities Act, an amendment to the Federal Credit Union Act. During the May hearing, […]
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CX, FinTech, and FinLit: Credit Union Trends To Look For In 2020

There were some cliffhangers to end 2019 going into 2020 in the small dollar loan industry. From credit unions’ slow-but-steady cloud adoption strategies, fintech, and marketing automation. And who can forget the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s pending decision to rescind its own underwriting “ability-to-repay” requirement. Like any forward-thinking credit union leader or executive, you have […]
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