Chip Filson says an often overlooked element of the credit union model is the trust and involvement of regular member-owners in their credit union. By placing more trust in the member-owner, we are strengthening our credit unions, not burdening them.
CUSOs are formed for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes for access to tech, sometimes for lowered costs, sometimes for shared resources, and sometimes even all three. Scott Page shares some considerations credit unions should think through when forming a new CUSO.
Saying a credit union “merged with” instead of “acquired” a bank may seem trivial, but Chip Filson doesn’t think so. He says it blurs the lines between the two different financial institutions and weakens the cooperative nature of credit unions.
Cooperatives are uniquely positioned to respond well to crises thanks to their ownership structure and mission. But responding well takes more than just that. Chip Filson details what credit unions and their leaders need to do in those situations.
Credit unions facing an economic downturn need to avoid being swayed by the doomsayers, says Chip Filson. The most important thing for credit unions is in how they respond.
As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE-Day, Chip Filson reflects on other contributions made by the Greatest Generation that helped shape the future of America.