Chip Filson shares the story of Marit Hoyem and her experience attempting to get her first credit card as a young college student. Marit passes on what she went through and offers advice to credit unions seeking to make a difference in the lives of their members.
QCash’s Seth Brickman discusses how NCUA’s Payday Alternative Loan program can be a boon to members who might otherwise rely on more predatory lending options or the credit cards in their wallets.
A study from the Federal Reserve shows how credit card rewards programs represent a transfer of wealth from the naïve to the informed, the poor to the wealthy, relates Chip Filson.
As member interest in cryptocurrencies rises, some credit unions are debating whether it’s time to meet the challenge while others balk at the mere idea. Cryptofi discusses the initial steps toward implementing crypto and how credit unions can work with third parties to bring members the technology they are asking for.
Now that massive layoffs are beginning to hit white-collar workers, Chip Filson urges credit unions to offer their support, while never forgetting the essential members that got them to where they are today.
Credit union consolidation and mergers pose a threat to the industry’s many CUSOs and vendors, say Liz Winninger and Victor Pantea. Assisting credit unions in adopting a broker-like model, they argue, can help credit unions increase their product and service offerings and potentially avoid mergers altogether.
Chip Filson shares some history on how Ed Callahan helped shape the credit union industry by opening up new possibilities in credit union field of membership, seeking to repurpose it as a building block, not a regulatory hurdle.
Per the Michigan Credit Union Act, all state-charted credit unions are required to use National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF) as their deposit insurance provider. Julie Gessner argues this lack of choice only hurts members in the end and encourages legislative change.
In an effort to educate their members on all things financial wellness, credit unions are often in danger of skipping over how they can educate their members as owners. Emily Claus discusses the importance of ownership education and how credit unions can teach “the obvious.”
Although mandatory financial education courses for high schoolers is growing, it is still only a requirement in a tiny portion of the United States. Chip Filson calls on credit unions to help bridge the gap as states add these courses to their curricula.