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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.

Click here to continue reading the latest Market Performance column on Page 11 within the February/March 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.