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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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INNOVATION PANEL SPURS TAKE-AWAYS updated 10/22/14 05:21 PM
Four CU 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.

WHAT 'REACH' MEANS TO YOUR CU updated 10/22/14 05:00 PM
Unique Cross Section of Opinions
What’s your perspective of “REACH”? And what does it mean to your credit union? On Monday afternoon, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ 2014 Annual Meeting and Convention was in full swing—so we asked several attendees at this year’s REACH conference their opinion.

MAGIC JOHNSON: REACH FOR NEW HEIGHTS updated 10/21/14 07:20 AM
Delivers Riveting AMC Message
REACH 2014 keynote speaker Earvin "Magic" Johnson challenged leaders attending the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Annual Meeting and Convention on Tuesday morning to elevate their credit unions to the next level, take their egos out of the game, and "join the team."

PAC GOLF TOURNAMENT RAISES 32k updated 10/21/14 07:08 AM
First Day at Leagues' Convention
More than 80 credit union executives and industry vendors played in the 2014 PAC Golf Tournament on Monday morning at the Mountain Gate Country Club, raising $32,000 for the California Credit Union League’s Political Action Committee (PAC).