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By Sam Taft | June 30, 2020

Following one of the most productive lending years in the history of the credit union movement, the first quarter of 2020 offered new challenges. But strong mortgage originations negated a pullback in consumer lending to push overall loan balances higher.

By Sam Taft | June 30, 2020

The longest economic expansionary period in U.S. history has come to an end. What else should credit unions know at first quarter?

By Sam Taft | June 8, 2020

Cooperatives keep their sights on short-term investments as cash balances grow and participation in derivative programs declines.

By Sam Taft | June 2, 2020

Credit unions report the largest quarterly increase in investment balances on record as cash balances surge amid economic uncertainty and rate cuts push down investment yield.

By Sam Taft | Aug. 26, 2019

Incorporating peer analysis is an ideal way to enhance the impact of planning season.

By Sam Taft | June 3, 2019

Stronger than expected seasonal first quarter inflows contributed to the largest quarterly jump since 2009. The average yield on investments also hit a 10-year high.

By Sam Taft | May 20, 2019

Today’s smart credit union leaders are leveraging data to benchmark and track goals, identify opportunities, and uncover weaknesses.

By Sam Taft | April 18, 2019

ALM First Financial Institute presenters provide in-depth look at funding, liquidity options, and strategies as asset liability management stays top of mind.

By Sam Taft | Oct. 22, 2018

The total number of credit unions dropped by 50 in the second quarter, and membership expanded 4.3%, the equivalent of 4.7 million new members. What else happened in the second quarter?

By Sam Taft | Oct. 1, 2018

What credit unions need to know about members, lending, asset quality, share balances, and more at second quarter 2018.