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

HOUSING: NOT TOO HOT, NOT TOO COLD
updated 10/25/13 11:45 AM
Stable Market in Sight
The housing markets in California and Nevada have been raging for more than a year. Prices and sales languished for almost three years after the economic recovery began and the confidence factor kept buyers at bay.

But that changed last year when big investment money started flowing into housing. Several multi-billion dollar and slightly smaller funds sprang up out of nowhere.

The tidal wave of money from Wall Street became caused something to snap on the part of would-be homebuyers. Not only did buyers find a reason to be confident that home prices have bottomed, they finally discovered the power of low mortgage rates.

However, homebuyers found a competitive market instead of a market awash with homes begging for purchasers. The abundant supply of homes had vanished. The market went from ice cold to boiling hot in a matter of a few short months.

Click here to continue reading the latest Economic Perspective column on Page 10 within the October/November edition of Credit Union Digest!

 
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'BIG DATA' SPOTLIGHT: RISK OR REWARD updated 10/22/14 12:06 PM
Three Panelists Share Opinions
With Alessandro Acquisti as moderator, Wednesday’s audience was treated to a lively discussion—and a bit of back-and-forth debate—on the use of “big data” at credit unions and its ramifications.

SPEAKER DELVES INTO DATA PRIVACY updated 10/22/14 11:57 AM
The Credit Union Connection
As the Big Data Panel during REACH 2014 kicked off on Wednesday, it was apparent “big data” is everywhere and infiltrates all facets of our lives. But how much do consumers value their privacy, and what does it mean for credit unions?

SOCIAL CHARM: INGREDIENT FOR SUCCESS updated 10/22/14 07:59 AM
Chen Lizra at REACH
“Engagement” is one of the top buzz words circulating around REACH 2014—and TED speaker, business consultant, and author Chen Lizra shared some unique insights during the general session on Tuesday. Her buzz word: “social charm.”

INNOVATION PANEL SPURS TAKE-AWAYS updated 10/22/14 05:21 PM
Three CU Industry Perspectives
Attendees at REACH 2014 received a plethora of ideas from Tuesday’s innovation panel to take back to their credit unions—not the least of which included more interaction between employees and leaders, and free-flow of ideas from the bottom up.