Four Best (& Critical) Practices for a Credit Union Compliance Program

By Preston Packer |

Sep

23

Credit unions may have once been considered the mom and pop of the financial institution industry, but those days are long gone. Credit unions operate under similar regulatory standards as banks and experience the same threats in regards to fraud and illegal transactions. Credit unions need to have heightened awareness and modern technology to identify and mitigate fraudulent activity and maintain regulatory compliance.

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Leverage Credit Union Technology for Improved Compliance

By Preston Packer |

Sep

17

Financial services are fraught with risk. Any service built around the exchange of money is going to get the attention of all sorts of ne'er-do-wells, from your average scammer to extremely advanced cybercriminal operations that are adept at hiding their tracks. A credit union must protect its members and their assets, and failure to do so will discredit your viability as a trusted institution. Fortunately, credit unions have the benefit of a network of advisory organizations to help educate and assist in the identification of threats. The right credit union technology can also provide advanced tools to detect fraud. Used in combination, these resources will help ensure you provide your members with the security they need and expect.

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Tips to Improve Credit Union Cybersecurity

By Preston Packer |

Sep

16

Cybersecurity is a systemic risk that affects all levels of business, government and ordinary people. It is such a high-risk area for credit unions that the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) placed cybersecurity as a top focus for exams. As the cybersecurity world continues to evolve, it's important that your credit union is prepared for possible threats. Be proactive and shield your credit union from the ever-changing cybersecurity universe now.


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Reduce Friction for New Account Opening with this Checklist

By Preston Packer |

Sep

01

Every time we talk about adding new services or planning for member onboarding improvement, the goal is to "reduce friction." This means when someone is trying to accomplish a goal, you help them achieve it with as little resistance and as few steps as possible. You want the experience to be easy. This is especially true during account opening as it can set the expectations for the member experience moving forward. Here is a quick reference on what a member will need and an explanation of why you need it.

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BSA Best Practices

By Preston Packer |

Mar

27

Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) compliance is an integral part of credit union compliance. While large organizations are usually the ones under fire for BSA violations, CUs are just as liable for anti-money laundering laws, and in case of compliance mishaps, the penalties can be severe. According to the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), those facing money laundering charges can face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000. Any property related to the criminal activity, including property such as loan collateral, personal property, and even entire bank accounts may be subject to forfeiture. Banks and CUs also risk losing their charters, and their employees can be removed and barred from employment in the financial services industry. If the thought of these repercussions causes you and your credit union panic, fear not. Credit unions with a BSA compliance program in place are well-protected from BSA violations. Here’s how your credit union can better conform to BSA rules and regulations.

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Is Your Credit Union Aware of the Recent HMDA Announcements?

By Preston Packer |

Mar

21

HMDA compliance has been looming over credit unions for many years. It was actually enacted by Congress in 1975 but wasn't transferred to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau until 2011. The financial industry has been revamping their loan processes in order to ensure compliance with recent and more rigorous adjustments to the regulation, but what exactly does that entail? Here is the download on recent HMDA announcements and how your credit union can remain compliant.

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5 Compliance Questions that Keep Credit Union Leaders Up at Night

By Preston Packer |

Mar

13

Ambien and Lunesta have met their match, and its name is Credit Union Compliance. Compliance is a topic at the top of any credit union leader’s mind as there are a lot of looming questions and concerns when it comes to compliance, and many credit union CEOs have endured sleepless nights worrying about their state of compliance. In the digital world, there are a varied and vast amount of risk factors when it comes to data security and more rules and regulations too. Here are 5 questions that keep credit union leaders up at night.

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6 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Compliance Officer

By Preston Packer |

Apr

10

Meeting the various compliance requirements and regulations can be a daunting task. Since the financial break down of 2007-09, the banking industry has become more heavily regulated, with new regulations being continually introduced or amended. One such example that is swiftly approaching in 2020 is the enactment of the new CECL accounting standard - Current Expected Credit Loss - a regulation requiring Credit Unions and banks alike to better manage the data of their members and their accounts. They will be required to have a system in place that tracks, analyzes and reports all of their member data in order to provide a better picture of an entity’s overall loan portfolio and potential risk of loss. While implementing this may be a big undertaking, like many other compliance regulations, ultimately the information this regulation will provide will better enable a credit union to understand certain member segments and its unique needs and can also influence marketing strategies.
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How Anti Money Laundering Rules Impacts Your Credit Union Members

By Preston Packer |

Dec

22

Recently announced Gold Globe nominee "Ozark" joins the ranks of "Breaking Bad," "The Big Short," "The Wolf of Wall Street," and many more crime TV and movies showing us that money-making can be a dirty business. The negative impacts on society as a whole are well documented. Increased crime drives up the cost of government due to the need for increased law enforcement. In socio-economic terms, money laundering transfers economic power from the market to criminals, and in extreme cases, can lead to a virtual take-over of legitimate government. In other words, the criminals gain such a foothold they influence, directly or indirectly, the political workings of the country. While on a large scale we all know money laundering is really bad, explaining to members why the credit union employs fraud detection and anti-money laundering tools may require some education on how AML impacts the every day, average credit union member.

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Why CECL Is only the Beginning in the Data Game

By Preston Packer |

Aug

29

The new Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) accounting standard for banks and credit unions of all sizes is set to go into effect in 2020 for SEC registrants, and 2021 for all other banks and CUs. The new standards in credit union regulations are going to be both a blessing and a curse for many small to mid-sized credit unions. Now more than ever, CUs are sitting on mounds of data about their members and accounts, but many struggle not only finding the data from disparate sources, but also in making sense and gaining actionable insights from it. The reporting required to comply with the new standards may pose a challenge to CUs, but is also an opportunity to finally put that data to good use. Harnessing data is no longer an option for the C-Suite. These new requirements can be used as a spring board to develop a competitive advantage in credit union lending.

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