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Credit unions are proving to be a smart alternative to banks

Credit unions are on a roll. In March, I wrote about the gains they’ve made in auto lending (“Credit unions rev up for growth”). In the most recent issue of The Federal Credit Union, I write about their equally impressive progress in the … Continue reading

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Credit unions rev up for auto loan growth

You might say that reports of the automobile industry’s demise are greatly exaggerated. Despite sales falling to as low as 10.4 million vehicles in 2009 (due to the recession and Americans postponing new-car purchases), light vehicle sales reached their highest level … Continue reading

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Interest rates, the Fed and taking risks

The financial press and the stock markets have been teeing up a Federal Reserve rate hike for weeks. Headline writers and analysts have been in overdrive with a chorus of “Rate increase all but certain,” “Fed poised to raise rates for the … Continue reading

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Managing risk, like change, is a process: 10 tips to follow

An article I recently wrote on enterprise risk management (ERM) is the cover story in the current issue of The Federal Credit Union magazine. While ERM is a topic that probably doesn’t have much appeal beyond financial services, I think much … Continue reading

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The ‘secrets’ to great leadership really aren’t secret

What makes a great leader? I’ve been posing that question to credit union CEOs for an article I’m writing for NAFCU’s magazine. Without spilling too many beans, let me share with you some “secrets” I’ve learned about great leadership. I think … Continue reading

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The magic of great branding

Who can explain why an Apple customer is willing to stand in line for hours for a new iPhone or why coffee drinkers will drive miles out of their way to find a Starbucks? It’s the magic of great branding. … Continue reading

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EMV ‘smart’ cards: the next big thing in payments

An article I wrote on EMV cards just came out in The Federal Credit Union magazine, a publication of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions. So today I’m going to tell you about EMV. What are EMV cards, you ask? … Continue reading

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