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.
CUs ENGAGE LAWMAKERS ON CAPITOL HILL updated
03/03/14 12:29 PM
New Legislators Show Support
As Congress considers tax reform, data security, regulatory relief, and other vital credit union issues, this year’s 2014 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington D.C. was a pivotal event for credit union executives and board members who advocated face to face with legislators on behalf of their members and the movement.
LEAGUES PRESIDENT RECAPS GAC updated
02/28/14 01:41 PM
'Attendees Were Encouraged,' She Says
The highly-anticipated annual Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C. has come to an end. From Feb. 23-26, attendees had the chance to hear from influential legislators and credit union experts on the political landscape, attend breakout sessions on the hottest issues, and network with peers.
CO-OP COMMENTS ON VISA, FIRST DATA updated
02/27/14 03:08 PM
Thinks it’s an Industry Win-Win
CO-OP Financial Services’ business partners—Visa and First Data (STAR Network)—announced an agreement to share Visa’s common debit solution offering issuers, acquirers, and merchants an approach for debit EMV chip adoption.
ROYCE: NEXT STEP FOR MBL LEGISLATION updated
02/25/14 12:37 PM
'We Still Have Work to Do'
Representative Ed Royce, R-CA, announced today during the Credit Union National Association's 2014 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) that he will introduce legislation giving parity for credit unions with respect to standing law for banks.