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

LOANS AND FEES: BUYING TIME IN 2014
updated 02/20/14 07:25 PM
A State-Versus-National Perspective
What’s the key to income growth for credit unions in California and Nevada in 2014?

Loan growth.

Now that I’ve stated the obvious, what are the options if your credit union is struggling for loans and expects that struggle to continue into 2014?

Loan growth has turned higher in California and Nevada, but the two states continue to lag behind the nation. As of third quarter 2013, loans grew 6.8 percent nationally, while those in California and Nevada grew 5 percent.

That 5 percent growth is a marked improvement over previous reporting periods, but it has barely moved the needle on the overall loan-to-share ratio.

Moreover, net interest margins have stabilized after a steep decline, yet they are likely to improve marginally, at best, in 2014.

There are different answers for each credit union out there. But for our purposes, I want to focus on two areas that are glaringly different between the national picture versus California and Nevada.

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LEADERS ENGAGE WITH STATE LAWMAKERS updated 04/15/14 09:44 AM
Card Security a Hot Topic
Credit union professionals and volunteers took a stand for their members in Sacramento from April 7-8 during the California Credit Union League’s 2014 Government Relations Rally (GRR)—an event that attracted more than 75 attendees and helped build relationships with state legislators.

CO-OP ANNOUNCES SHAREHOLDER DIVIDEND updated 04/14/14 01:37 PM
Patronage Pool of $30.5 Million
CO-OP Financial Services has announced a shareholder dividend pool of $30.5 million for 2013—a 17 percent increase from 2012. Since becoming a credit union-owned cooperative in 1996, CO-OP’s total shareholder patronage has been $284.8 million.

DBO REPS ADDRESS 'CUOLI' INVESTMENTS updated 04/14/14 01:05 PM
State CU Update Given
California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) Commissioner Jan Owen and Deputy Commissioner of Credit Unions Erick Orellana gave attendees an overview of the department during the California Credit Union League’s 2014 Government Relations Rally (GRR) last week in Sacramento and welcomed questions from attendees.

CONGRESSMEN CONCERNED OVER RBC RULES updated 04/09/14 01:18 PM
Questions Arise During Hearing
Reps. Ed Royce, R-CA, and Brad Sherman, D-CA, questioned National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) General Counsel Mike McKenna on the effectiveness of the NCUA's proposed risk-based capital rule during a House Financial Services Committee hearing last week.