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GROWING LOANS: FIND YOUR DIRECTION
updated 01/17/14 01:09 PM
Room to Expand in Mortgages
The most common concern expressed at almost any gathering of credit union executives for more than a year has been sluggish loan growth, according to Dwight Johnston, chief economist for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues.

He notes there are certainly some exceptions to this, but the overall tone of comments is confirmed by a historically low loan-to-share ratio in California and Nevada. Loan volume has not fallen, but overall loan portfolios have grown by only 1.5 percent from late 2012 to late 2013.

“California and Nevada credit unions do a very good job at generating mortgage loans,” he writes in the latest edition of Credit Union Digest. “In fact, mortgage originations by credit unions in our two states have exceeded the national average by a fair margin.”

But mortgage loan portfolios are virtually flat. During the refinance boom earlier this year, most credit unions opted to package and sell the mortgages rather than take on interest rate risk since rates are at record lows. It looks like a very good decision in hindsight.

However, putting cautious interest rate decisions aside, most credit unions simply couldn’t afford more exposure to real estate this past year.

Click here to continue reading the latest Market Performance column on Page 23 within the December/January edition of Credit Union Digest!

 
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LEAGUE ADVOCACY BLOG GAINS TRACTION updated 09/12/14 04:13 PM
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The new Advocacy Blog launched by the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues in August is gaining steam as more credit union advocacy professionals and others in the industry continue signing up to receive e-mail alerts on important state and federal updates.

FOCUSED ON 'ONE TO ONE' RELATIONSHIP updated 09/12/14 02:01 PM
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Susan Conjurski’s biggest hurdle is making sure her credit union keeps a competitive edge with larger financial institutions—a task that’s “quite a challenge,” she says.

PENALTY POLICY: SMALL VS LARGE CUs updated 09/11/14 06:50 AM
Federal Reserve’s Impact
The Federal Reserve’s ultra-low interest rate policy created the desired impact when it was instituted in 2008. Short-term funding costs plunged for financial institutions, allowing them to cheaply fund higher-yielding assets and restore capital.