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Does your overdraft program pass the UDAAP test?
Could you be at risk for a UDAAP violation? Our very own Cheryl Lawson, EVP-Compliance Review, is often invited to be a presenter at industry events for her compliance expertise.  Here are a few questions that you'll find useful when it comes to evaluating your overdraft program.

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Does your credit union really have a member-centric culture?

Sometimes hard to measure―but always impactful―a credit union’s member-centric culture can be a key influencer on financial results. Read the five questions you should be asking to determine if your credit union’s culture is truly member-centricand the steps to take if it’s not. 

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Secrets of Recruiting and Retention
Secrets of Recruiting and Retention

JMFA’s Executive Search Director, Kim Kreps, shares her experience working with a multi-generational workforce, addressing common workplace values, and attracting top talent in today’s ever-changing recruiting landscape. Discover some of the new expectations in today's workplace.

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What makes a successful overdraft program?

When it comes to your overdraft program is it the best it can be for your account holders? Learn how JMFA OVERDRAFT PRIVILEGE® met one client's selection criteria and how JMFA’s consultants, training and program management strategies continue to support their service philosophy and performance goals.

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Are your ATMs EMV-ready?

As consumers continue to enjoy more online and mobile options for completing transactions, ATMs remain a convenient way to access cash. But along with this convenience, your account holders expect safeguards to protect their personal information from potential fraud. If you haven’t yet upgraded your ATMs and debit cards to accept EMV technology, discover ways to keep costs under control and ways to offset the expenses and more.

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Fairy Godmothers: Every account holder should have one

A financial institution that watches out for its account holders' best interests? That earns fairy Godmother status. When it comes to the fixed-versus-dynamic overdraft limit debate, it’s easy to see that the former provides peace of mind and predictability while the latter leads to confusion and headaches all around.

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A new season is a time to change, update and grow

By Richard Miller, Executive Vice President


Changing seasons is often a time for making evaluations. Consider changing your overdraft program by including or enhancing a fully-disclosed model, which can benefit your account holders through authenticity, staff through clarity and the operations through profitability. By striving for transparency, your bank or credit union can transition its growth from occasional to perennial.

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Matrix overdraft systems: more risk than reward?

By Richard Miller, Executive Vice President


Overdraft programs with dynamic limits can be short-sighted by placing profit over principle at unfair and consequential expense to account holders. Their undisclosed methods can lead to higher charge-offs and account holder turnover. In contrast, a fully-disclosed overdraft program promotes transparency and responsible use, providing your account holders with a financial safety net at an established price, one designed to solve a short-term liquidity situation with your account holders.

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Don't be complacent about overdraft compliance

By Cheryl Lawson, EVP-Compliance Review


In the absence of a definitive regulatory ruling on overdraft strategies, some financial institutions have placed their overdraft program on autopilot or have put the idea of providing a financial safety net for their account holders on the back burner. If you’ve become complacent about overdraft compliance, learn how implementing a fully disclosed overdraft privilege program now can help you avoid increased regulatory scrutiny—regardless of when a final ruling is introduced, get back on track to improving overall performance and provide account holders with a valuable financial service.

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Top Five Plays for Building an All-Star Executive Team
By Charles Shanley, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CFS 
Executive Vice President-Recruitment Services

Rock-star results require a diversity and depth of skills in today’s competitive business environment. High-caliber leadership is essential in dynamic workplaces that can include up to four generations of workers. Read the five steps necessary to access talent for long-term success.

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Solid Business Practices (Not Luck) Drive Success

By Mark Roe, National Director


Around St. Patrick's Day, luck is in the air. And while luck may be good for things like flipping a coin or avoiding a sudden downpour, it's not something you can count on in your business strategy.

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How to Respond to a Regulatory Hiatus
Hint: Don’t be complacent about overdraft program compliance

By Darin Byrd
VP, Strategic Sales

Regulators continue to contemplate their next move on new rulings for financial products and services.  For many financial institutions a feeling of uncertainty remains as to the impact of this regulatory hiatus. Learn more about comments made by regulators and compliance attorney panelists at the 2017 CUNA Government Affairs Conference (GAC), and discover how to avoid regulatory ambiguity and compliance risks. Read more
Value & Volume as a Business Model Offers the Best Results
By Richard Miller
Executive Vice President

Surprises in business are often undesirable and can lead to frustration for the customer. To prevent such instances, banks and credit unions should strive to offer programs, such as fully-disclosed overdraft program, that feature consistency and transparency. By treating a broad account holder base fairly— and not a select group greedily— it inspires a culture that encourages, rather than discourages, the use of a valuable service should they need it. Learn how you can achieve both your income and account holder satisfaction goals. Read more
Industry Insights - February 2017
View February's topics that range from advice from one of our executive search directors about finding the perfect fit, to ways to offer additional support to your account holders in their time of need and more.
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JMFA News: Advanced User Sessions Combine Professional Consulting and Peer Review

During user sessions for JMFA Academy – held at the company’s Houston training center – bank and credit union clients participate in one-on-one interactive groups focused on how to improve overdraft program performance.  Learn about the top three takeaways from recent sessions and more.

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