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updated 07/23/14 02:06 PM
CUs Can Target Growth Areas
As the economy expands throughout the latter half of 2014, credit unions should focus particularly on the largest employment sectors and growth in these areas, according to California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues Chief Economist Dwight Johnston in his latest Credit Union Digest column.

California is especially well-positioned to see continued growth in professional and business services (a lot of capital spending is on technology), and trade and transportation (business through the Port of Los Angeles was already higher in May of this year versus the year-ago period by roughly 20 percent).

Education and health care is a sector that never experienced a recession, and California can look for strong job growth this year as people embrace the new federal health care program like no other state. California added 1.4 million insured people.

Stronger job growth generally will also boost the totals in the recovering construction sector.

Nevada hasn’t experienced quite the recovery in jobs that California has. But excluding the hole left by a drop in construction jobs, the three largest employment sectors are approaching pre-recession levels. Nevada will benefit as the U.S. economy exceeds expectations.

“There will, of course, be fits and starts along the way, and there could be some outside, unexpected force that throws everything off stride,” Johnston said. “But barring any great surprise, I believe the job market in California in particular will outpace assumptions. This looks like a breakout year.”

Click here to read the entire Economic Perspective column within the June/July edition of Credit Union Digest on Page 20!

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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.

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.