Playbook for a Fed Pivot

Recent inflation data has tempered expectations for future Federal Reserve tightening, including a potential peak in the terminal rate near 5.0% in May or June of 2023. While the market has welcomed this news, history suggests the path to a Fed pivot could be volatile for stocks due to elevated inflation and interest rate risk. […]

Weekly Bottom Line

U.S. housing data continue to slide in October, with housing starts down 4.1% m/m to 1.4 million units, while existing home sales fell 5.9% m/m to 4.3 million. Retail sales surprised to the upside in October, rising by 1.3% m/m. Gains were relatively broad based and suggest the U.S. consumer remains on a firm footing. […]

How Higher Interest Rates May Affect Your Credit Union’s Sub-Debt Strategy

Recently, the economic environment has been turned on its head, and the effects present new challenges to credit unions. As a result, credit unions must proactively and strategically plan to navigate issues such as decreased deposits, dips in lending, and higher interest rates. During periods like this, “just-in-time” capital may provide the peace of mind […]

How to Scale Your Charitable Giving: Key Decisions for Credit Unions

With a philosophy of “people helping people,” community outreach and charitable giving play critical roles in a credit union’s overall strategy. Credit unions of all sizes strive to engage their members and community through various initiatives and events, with some being more effective than others. So what does it take for your credit union’s charitable […]

How Credit Unions Can Use Fintech to Create a Digital-First Organization

When you think of a digital-first organization, you may imagine the opposite of a personalized and thoughtful experience. However, “C.U. on the Show” guest Thomas Novak shares that’s exactly what his team is creating at Visions Federal Credit Union through strategic innovation and a buy, build, or partner approach to fintech. Tom is a 16-year […]

How Treasury Management Services Can Give Credit Unions a Competitive Advantage

From scalability to increased fee revenue to capturing more non-interest-bearing deposits, there are several reasons credit unions would want to expand their offerings to business members. However, until recently, big banks have generally cornered the business services area of the market. Many credit unions have lacked the resources, expertise, or scalable capabilities to offer full-scale […]

I Bonds: What to Know Before You Invest

Our clients have been asking a lot of questions about I Bonds recently. In this video, Doug English, CFP® and Wes Johnson, CFP® discuss I Bonds including when they may be a good fit for your investment strategy and what to know before you invest.

How Fintech Can Help Credit Unions Stay Competitive

JPMorgan Chase currently invests $12 billion in technology annually, which is twice as much as the IT budget of credit unions nationwide—combined. For this reason, it’s becoming increasingly challenging for credit unions to keep pace with the technology, research, and development of larger financial institutions. To stay relevant and continue improving client experiences and offerings, […]

How Credit Unions Can Develop “Ready-Now” CEO Candidates

Executive succession planning and finding someone to step into a CEO position is a critical role of your credit union’s board. When done strategically, an active approach to succession planning can help organizations develop internal candidates into “ready-now” executives and position them for a CEO role years before a current leader leaves their position. While […]