6 Benefits of Core-Integrated Card Payment Solutions for Credit Unions

By Preston Packer |

May

24

Credit cards play a critical role in credit unions' consumer lending strategies, but many credit unions have hesitated to switch to in-house cards. This has mostly been due to the unique characteristics of credit cards and inadequate core systems. However, today's credit unions must rise to the challenge and implement an efficient card management system, which will ultimately benefit both their CU and its members. Throughout this article, we'll show you the top six key advantages of a core-integrated card payment solution.

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The Keys to Effective Organic Loan Growth

By Preston Packer |

Jan

06

Credit union loan balances are growing steadily, increasing from 5.3% in 2020. Experts predict loans to escalate 9% each year in 2022 and 2023 after the economy returns to normal, infrastructure expenditure begins, and unemployment levels decrease. As loan balances continue to rise, credit unions are searching for strategies to increase direct lending that will boost profits and set the stage for cross-sales.

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Ways to Increase Lending in a Digital-Driven World

By Preston Packer |

Dec

09

The pandemic has turned digital preference into a priority. Out of necessity, many banks and credit unions were forced to stretch beyond physical interaction and offer a completely digital experience. As a result, lenders have improved their online loan application process, making them quicker, easier, and user-friendly. According to a recent survey, nearly two-thirds of people who have applied for loans within the last two years complete them partially or completely online. As a credit union, it's time to recognize that today's consumers desire online and mobile solutions, and deliver just that.

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Credit Union Digital Lending Trends That are Here to Stay

By Preston Packer |

May

27

Today’s consumers have turned to digital solutions to handle all sorts of daily transactions. Unsurprisingly, e-commerce and the use of digital wallets have soared, and so have fintech companies that offer digital banking and digital lending services. Credit unions must keep pace and adapt to the changes in order to thrive.

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The New Rules of Digital Lending for Credit Unions

By Preston Packer |

May

25

The game has changed for credit unions when it comes to how they service their member’s needs, especially in terms of digital lending. Because of the rise of fintech companies and app-based financial services, credit union members now want access to fast and easy digital lending services. Although that doesn’t mean branch visits and personalized attention are a thing of the past, CUs who wish to compete and thrive in the future must come up with a well-thought-out digital strategy.

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Digital Lending for Credit Unions is Transforming Through New Technologies

By Preston Packer |

May

19

New technologies are rapidly reshaping the way credit unions do business. Digital services are replacing traditional brick-and-mortar services, and it’s likely that this trend is here to stay. For credit unions to keep up with the times and remain competitive in this digital age, they must continue to upgrade their technologies to enhance their digital banking services.

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Speed and Simplicity Through Credit Union Digital Lending

By Preston Packer |

May

13

As credit unions turn to digital solutions to meet their member’s changing needs, in-branch transactions and manual processes are rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Such digital transformation throughout the financial world is here to stay, and CUs must adapt to survive and thrive.

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Three Vital Lending Ratios for Credit Union Executives to Know

By Preston Packer |

Dec

31

2020 has been an unprecedented year for businesses and financial institutions around the globe. Nearly everyone's bottom line has been affected by the pandemic, and credit unions, like all businesses, have had to be agile and adopt new practices in order to survive.

One area that has always been crucial for the profitability of credit unions (and now even more so) is lending. Credit unions that sustain profitable and healthy lending practices have a leg up on the competition and will be around for a while, and those that don’t, will run the risk of dying a slow death and ultimately weighing out their merger options. 

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Participation Lending for Credit Unions: Is Now the time?

By Preston Packer |

Dec

08

Collaboration and cooperation have always played major roles in the credit union ethos. One of the best examples of that philosophy in action is participation lending, which is when credit unions band together to back a loan to a single borrower. By doing so, credit unions can share the risks and rewards. For many credit unions, mitigating risk is vital, and so is the spirit of community that can be enhanced when rewards are shared.

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Auto-Decisioning: Is It Yes or Is It No?

By Preston Packer |

Nov

07

People are impatient. When they ask a question, they want an answer as quickly as possible. Technology has led them to expect things instantly, and that includes the decision on a loan for something they'd like to buy. They want it now! With the goal of shorter turn-around times, and capitalizing on the revenue a new loan brings, many credit unions have turned to auto-decisioning to expedite loan processing and increase efficiency. In most cases, auto-decisioning makes sense, provided there is enough tracking, measuring, and monitoring in place to ensure that it's working appropriately. Without these safeguards, financial institutions take the chance of increased risk in their loan portfolios.

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