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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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CHAPTER FORUM, RECEPTION ENGAGES CUs updated 10/27/14 06:55 PM
Networking and Awards after 'REACH'
Credit union chapter members from across California and Nevada gathered Oct. 23 at the JW Marriott (L.A. Live) in downtown Los Angeles to attend the 2014 Chapter Forum, which offered a full day of valuable networking and educational sessions for attendees who were eager to share individual stories about the work their chapters are accomplishing.

NEEN JAMES CHALLENGES CUs AT 'REACH' updated 10/27/14 04:17 PM
'Time is the New Currency'
By Wednesday afternoon, nearly 700 credit union CEOs, professionals, industry vendors, and guests had attended REACH 2014, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Annual Meeting and Convention from Oct. 20-22 at the JW Marriott (L.A. LIVE) in downtown Los Angeles.

CFPB, FTC HOST DEBT COLLECTION FORUM updated 10/27/14 03:31 PM
Latino Consumers Discussed
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently hosted an all-day forum on “Debt Collection and the Latino Community,” which brought together consumer advocates, industry professionals, and regulators to discuss how debt collection issues affect Latino consumers, especially those with limited English proficiency (LEP).

FinCEN: QUARTERLY UPDATE ON 'SARs' updated 10/27/14 03:09 PM
Also, Mortgage Service Transfer Guidance
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued its SAR Stats quarterly update, which provides information on Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) filed through Sept. 30, 2014.