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Dwight Johnston, Vice President and Chief Economist for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues

STAYING AHEAD OF THE MORTGAGE CURVE
updated 10/17/13 10:55 AM
Some Positives for CA, NV
With a sudden surge in mortgage rates, it’s time to look at the impact. It’s not as bleak as you might think.

I’ll start with the bleak. The refinance market has hit a brick wall. Activity in the United States fell by more than 50 percent since the first quarter, and a further slowdown is likely.

When mortgage rates were at their lows in early 2013, 80 percent of all U.S. mortgages could theoretically be refinanced. This doesn’t take into consideration that some mortgages wouldn’t be eligible due to having negative equity. The 80 percent dropped to 30 percent.

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NV LOAN GROWTH: PRE-RECESSION LEVELS updated 08/19/14 12:28 PM
California Lending Almost Doubles
Industry-wide loan growth at Nevada credit unions in the second quarter nearly hit levels unseen since the same period in 2005—a phenomenon mirroring a positive trend in California and across the nation.

REMOTE DEPOSIT CAPTURE FUNDAMENTALS updated 08/19/14 10:54 AM
Timing, Regs, and Risk Management
Remote deposit capture in home banking and mobile banking is quickly becoming a must-have feature. Although credit unions have many options for how to provide this service, questions abound regarding availability of funds and risk management.

CATALYST LOAN PROGRAM NEARS 50M updated 08/18/14 04:19 PM
California Credit Union Participation
Since its launch a few months ago, Catalyst Corporate FCU’s loan participation program has helped nearly two dozen credit unions—including California credit unions—sell and buy more than $46 million in loans.

CFPB LEADER HEARS OVERDRAFT CONCERNS updated 08/15/14 02:38 PM
Regulatory Issues Discussed
Minimizing the impact of current rules, pending proposals, and contemplated requirements were key themes of a meeting Wednesday between the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).