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CUs PRESS NCUA FOR REGULATORY RELIEF
updated 08/08/14 12:11 PM
Corporate Assessment Unlikely
Credit unions continued pressing the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) for regulatory relief last week as Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Interim President and CEO Bill Hampel wrote NCUA Board Chairman Debbie Matz a letter to emphasize the continuing need for regulatory relief measures.

Hampel called on NCUA to work with other regulators to reduce regulatory burdens that credit unions face. The letter also urged fiscal restraint for the agency.

Regulatory relief is a top priority for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues and CUNA as both organizations continue asking NCUA and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to minimize government-imposed requirements on credit unions every chance they have.

Corporate Stabilization Assessment Unlikely
Additional credit union payments to the Temporary Corporate Credit Union Stabilization Fund will not be required this year and are unlikely ever again, NCUA stated at its board meeting last week.

Total projected stabilization costs at the end of 2013 ranged from $2.8 billion to $4.2 billion—compared to a range of $6 billion to $9.3 billion in 2011—after all the NCUA Guaranteed Notes had been issued, according to Larry Fazio, director of examination and insurance for the agency.

The stabilization fund is currently projected to conclude in 2021 with a surplus of $600 million to $2 billion, and there could be a rebate to credit unions at that time, if all obligations have been met.

NCUA said the continued positive performance of conserved corporate credit union legacy assets, the NCUA Guaranteed Notes, and the $1.75 billion in settlements for the sale of mortgage-backed securities to the corporates have resulted in the favorable performance of the stabilization fund.

 
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SPEAKER DELVES INTO DATA PRIVACY updated 10/22/14 11:57 AM
The Credit Union Connection
As the Big Data Panel during REACH 2014 kicked off on Wednesday, it was apparent “big data” is everywhere and infiltrates all facets of our lives. But how much do consumers value their privacy, and what does it mean for credit unions?

SOCIAL CHARM: INGREDIENT FOR SUCCESS updated 10/22/14 07:59 AM
Chen Lizra at REACH
“Engagement” is one of the top buzz words circulating around REACH 2014—and TED speaker, business consultant, and author Chen Lizra shared some unique insights during the general session on Tuesday. Her buzz word: “social charm.”

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