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In an Uncertain World, Look for the Silver Lining

By Mark Roe, National Sales Director

There are a lot of circumstances that affect an institution's performance in today’s ever-changing environment, many of which are beyond your control. But there are plenty of ways to achieve better overall financial and account holder service results by taking a look at how your institution operates. Learn how an objective study of your processes and procedures can clarify areas for improvement and reveal a silver lining that can positively impact your bottom line.

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The Right Mix of Services Can Expand Your Bottom Line

By Mark Roe, National Director

As speed and convenience demands increase for transacting business with financial institutions, there is always a question of how you are going to meet those demands. Technology plays a key role is meeting these demands, knowing which technology is the right fit for your organization is not always easy.

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Are unchecked expenses reducing your potential?

3 KEY AREAS WHERE EXPENSE MANAGEMENT CAN MAXIMIZE PERFORMANCE

By Mark Roe, National Director

As costs rise due to increased regulatory expectations and advancements in technology, on top of your convenient locations and skilled workforce, the prospect of expense reduction might seem daunting. If your financial institution is looking for ways to reduce expenses without jeopardizing your service quality these options could be the solution you are seeking.

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Four Tips for Acquiring Authentic Leadership

By Charles Shanley, SPHR, CFS

Maintaining account holder trust is essential in today’s competitive environment. But this can be more difficult when reports surface of ethical missteps at a major U.S. bank involving sales tactics that open millions of phony accounts in the names of unsuspecting consumers. Learn the four steps your institution can take to ensure you are hiring leadership candidates who will maintain the highest business standards, and build a culture of trust and transparency for your employees and account holders.

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Increase Savings and Income Potential Through the Power of Negotiation
By Kelly Flynn, National Sales Director

If you are struggling to reach or exceed your institution’s performance goals, maintaining a competitive advantage may be difficult when it comes to providing the mobile and online financial service options your account holders have come to expect. Learn how you can create income and savings opportunities by making informed decisions when contracting with a new product vendor or renewing a legacy service contract. The potential benefits can be significant.

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Disparate Impact Studies Especially Tough on Dynamic Matrix Systems

By Richard Miller, Executive Vice President

 

Regulators continue to scrutinize the impact that non-disclosed financial products and services have on consumers, financial institutions need to re-evaluate their eligibility parameters. If your current overdraft solution or courtesy pay program is undisclosed or its usage is based on a complicated matrix that unfairly impacts certain account holders, you could be at risk.  Learn how to alleviate compliance concerns and more.

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The Disconnect Between Adding New Accounts and Increasing Revenue
By Richard Miller, Executive Vice President

At first glance, Call Report data between 2012 and 2015 paints a rosy picture of the increased number of credit union checking accounts. But as earnings continued to lag during the same time frame, the growth in account numbers is overshadowed by an income loss of $1.70 per account per month - or $1.168 billion industry wide. While new income sources remain scarce and costs for compliance and technology are expected to increase, learn how you can make the most of continued growth in membership potential with a results-driven overdraft program.

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Broad Spectrum of Hiring Challenges Requires a Robust Recruiting Approach
By Kim Kreps, Vice President-Executive Search Director

In today’s competitive recruiting environment, traditional search strategies have given way to far-reaching technologies and talent-rich databases that provide access to top leadership candidates. Learn how access to these resources – along with the implementation of proven retention strategies – can link you to the management professionals your institution needs to succeed. What’s more, you’ll gain the tools necessary to create a supportive work environment that will keep them in place for the long-term.

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Overdraft Privilege Enhances Non-Interest Fee Income and Helps CU Members

By Kimberly Cockrill, Publications Manager, Cornerstone Credit Union League 

                    

As regulators continue to scrutinize rules affecting overdraft programs, having robust software that provides more efficient program management can help increase revenue. Learn how offering overdraft services provides a real solution for account holders works. 

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Maintaining Effective Staffing Levels in a “D-I-Y” World

By Jan Southern, Senior Consultant 

While the overall number of consumer branch visits continues to decline nationally, there are still many instances where account holders prefer face-to-face advice on their financial transactions. This can be challenging for traditionally staffed institutions that are committed to maintaining efficiencies, while providing the best service possible. Learn how a staffing study will result in appropriate staffing levels and scheduling that can reduce personnel expenses and guarantee a better experience for your account holders … no matter how they access your services.

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Waiting to implement an overdraft program could cost you

DELAYING ACTION UNTIL REGULATORS ISSUE NEW RULES NEGATIVELY IMPACTS MORE THAN YOU THINK

 

By Cheryl Lawson, Executive Vice President-Compliance Review

 

In an environment where interest rates are low – and few product and service options exist for generating revenue – uncertainty surrounding how regulators might rule on overdraft solutions is keeping many institutions from earning the fee income they need to maintain a strong bottom line and serve account holders’ needs. Learn how a fully-compliant overdraft program can provide substantial revenue gains for your institution, without adjusting fees. Otherwise, taking a wait-and-see approach will cost you potential income and improved service opportunities.

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PRESS RELEASE: CUNA Strategic Services adds JMFA Recruitment Expertise to Alliance

NEW AGREEMENT ADDS EXTENSIVE RECRUITMENT SOLUTIONS FOR CREDIT UNIONS

MADISON, Wis. (June 07, 2016) – CUNA Strategic Services (CSS) Inc., has announced an expansion of its strategic alliance agreement with John M. Floyd & Associates (JMFA) that will provide credit unions with access to highly qualified executive and senior management talent through JMFA Recruitment Services. This agreement expands the alliance between CSS and JMFA that dates back to 2003.

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When it comes to overdraft solutions, full disclosure is the preferred regulatory strategy

By Cheryl Lawson, Executive Vice President-Compliance Review

As speculation continues regarding what ruling may result from on-going regulatory review of overdraft services, some financial institutions are waiting on the sidelines to implement an overdraft program or upgrade their existing solution. Yet, at the same time, account holders continue to experience occasional financial shortfalls, and banks and credit unions continue to struggle to earn the revenue they need to fund new technology-based programs and services. Learn how a fully-disclosed overdraft program can provide consumers with a reliable financial safety net while giving financial institutions a fully-compliant source for non-interest income.

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"Self-Improvement" Projects: The Key to Enhancing Long-Term Growth

By Ron Jennings, Executive Vice President

According to Lou Holtz – renowned football  coach, analyst, author and motivational speaker –  “In this world you're either growing or you're dying so get in motion and grow.”  In today’s competitive business environment those words are just as true for financial institutions as they are for aspiring gridiron athletes.  Maintaining consistent, healthy growth often requires making changes to legacy processes and taking a hard look at how you address challenges and opportunities. Learn how assessing your institution’s foundation and implementing process improvements can enhance long-term growth. 

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Reviewing Vendor Contracts Can Yield Big Results

By Kelly Flynn

 

Too often, when financial institutions are dealing with economic challenges and uncertainty about how to maintain a strong bottom line, many resort to drastic cost-cutting measures that can adversely affect the work environment and account holder service levels. Learn how a professional review of your current vendor contracts can uncover savings opportunities, better service terms and possible bonus incentives – without your having to change service providers.

 

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