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How Credit Union Leaders Can Prepare to Serve On Boards

Serving on a board allows credit union leaders and those approaching retirement to continue advancing their mission-focused commitment, using their career experience, and making a difference in their community. However, finding and obtaining a board role, particularly a paid position, is not as simple as you may expect. Board members…

How Credit Unions Can Capture Revenue from the Growth of Online Gambling

The online gambling market is growing as its activity has become more mainstream, and more states have passed laws allowing it. Although it was relatively common for credit unions to enable and accept transactions made in casinos before the pandemic, the restrictions that followed changed gambling behavior, resulting in a…

Capital Markets and How Credit Unions Can Issue Subordinated Debt

Historically, credit unions have accessed capital through CDs, short- and long-term loans, and other investment funds to help them expand, generate income, and pursue strategic initiatives. However, as credit unions have grown over the years and offered more complex services, there is a demand to meet capital needs in creative…

Why Target Date Funds are the Wrong Investment Vehicle for Many Credit Union Executives

Target date funds are popular for many 401(k) plan participants because they offer an investment strategy that automatically reduces risk as one approaches retirement. They’re especially effective for investors who don’t want to self-manage their retirement assets and younger investors under 50. Further, target date funds align with the needs…

The Flaws of Target-Date Funds in Optimizing a Credit Union Executive’s Retirement Income

Both of these statements are accurate:  Almost 80% of credit union 401(k) plan participants have all or some of their retirement savings in a target-date fund (TDF), and they’re only gaining more popularity since they were first introduced in 1994.  Target-date funds are the wrong investment vehicle for most credit…

Risk Factors for Credit Unions to Consider When Designing a Split-Dollar Plan

When deciding which executive benefits to provide to your leadership team, your board may have landed on the benefits afforded by choosing a collateral assignment split-dollar plan. This benefit type is a legal agreement between the credit union and executive that incorporates retirement distributions with life insurance coverage. While split-dollar…

How Credit Unions Can Create a Modern Workplace in a Competitive Job Market

Throughout the pandemic, transition to virtual work, and subsequent Great Resignation, employees are reflecting on what’s important to them in the workplace as companies return to the traditional work environment. However, many employers are challenged with a growing number of employees, particularly women, leaving the workforce to pursue more flexible…

Preliminary Steps for Credit Unions Acquiring Another Financial Institution

In the first part of this interview, Doug and Jeff Cardone discussed the process, requirements, and questions credit unions should address before entering into a merger or acquisition (M&A) transaction. In the second part of the “C.U. on the Show” episode, Doug and Jeff delve into the acquiring or buying…

Why Financial Planning is an Essential Executive Benefit for Credit Union Leaders

Traditional financial planning offers practical tools for rank-and-file employees; however, it simply doesn’t capture the full breadth of complex financial situations and compensation benefits a credit union executive has to manage in the C-suite. For example, beyond a standard 401(k), executives may also have a 457(b), 457(f), or split-dollar plan…

Personal Financial Planning: A Missing—Essential—Piece in the Credit Union Executive Benefits Package

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent Great Resignation have put significant pressure on employers to reevaluate their recruiting and retention efforts to seamlessly maintain operations and welcome a new generation of team members. While companies are primarily seeing this shift among their front-line positions, there has been a recent spike in…