The Future of Cash and Credit Unions

By Preston Packer |

Aug

11

For many years, digital banking platforms and applications have been improving while the use of cash in America and around the world has been declining. Recent advances in technology combined with social distancing measures have changed member wants and needs, and this is having big implications for credit unions and the role digital banking technology will play in their future.

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The Impact of a Cashless Future for Credit Unions

By Preston Packer |

Aug

03

Digital payments and technologies are reshaping how people all over the world spend money--to the point where some economists are debating the future of cash. It’s not just the widespread use of credit and debit cards, but the rise of digital wallets, digital banking apps, direct deposits, instantaneous peer-to-peer payments and digital lending services that are solving people’s banking needs, and as a result, making cash less common.

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Best Practices for Your Credit Union Mobile App

By Preston Packer |

Jun

03

The growing demand for digital banking services and the rise of fintech companies into the banking space means that credit unions (CUs) have to change the way they do business in order to stay competitive. Members now want access to a variety of online banking services, and the credit unions that fail to provide them likely won’t be around too much longer.

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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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The NCUA Grant Cybersecurity Initiative

By Preston Packer |

Apr

19

Grants can provide the boost a credit union needs to address those undervalued or overly costly issues they might not have the funds to cover otherwise, particularly so in low-income areas. The Community Development Revolving Loan Fund (CDRLF) grant makes it a priority to identify specific areas of credit union operations that are likely underfunded in low-income areas and designates monies to these initiatives. For 2021, the CDRLF outlined cybersecurity as one of these initiatives and it couldn't be more timely.

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Effective Authentication Happens in Layers

By Preston Packer |

Sep

09

There's a conspiracy theory out there that Facebook is listening to us. For example, let's say someone is talking about their leaf blower being broken and within a day ads for leaf blowers are showing up on their feed. Marketers have gotten quite clever with their targeting, whether it's through "big brother" as we imagine or not. Shopping is happening all of the time and consumers are becoming more trusting of shooting payments off to merchants they know nothing about. While most of these are likely safe, it does create a very simple opportunity for bad actors to fake an eCommerce store and steal member information. As eCommerce grows, so must the layers of security protocols.

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Member Tips for Safely Using Mobile Payments

By Preston Packer |

Jun

23

 

Mobile payments are making person-to-person transactions incredibly simple and efficient. With a few clicks of an app, members can pitch in on a birthday gift, pay their landscaper, or check out at the drugstore. With the increased demand, there are plenty of providers popping up to meet it but not all are created equal. Some apps require you to hold funds in the app, while others link directly from bank account to bank account. While these payment channels may be highly convenient, it's important to educate your members on ways they can make sure their money goes where they want it and that they receive the money they are owed.

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The Future of Mobile Banking Isn't What It Used To Be!

By Preston Packer |

Jan

29

"The future isn't what it used to be!" This according to an anonymous IBM executive concerning predicted future trends in personal computing around 1992... clearly, a person in touch with both insight and sarcasm. Now, apply the same quote to mobile banking. It's predicted that the rapidly growing trend in mobile banking, at its current pace, will surpass in-branch banking, with 2021 being the tipping point. And with predictions of 71% of customers using mobile banking by 2024, the trend is not likely to slow down. Security concerns are also growing right alongside the demand for mobility. Finserv companies were already on high alert, having experienced a 147% increase in phishing attacks between January and September 2019 from scammers imitating financial organizations. Yet members are still prioritizing convenience while expecting their credit unions to do their due diligence to ensure member data is safe. With the rapid adoption of mobile banking apps, as well as the overwhelming presence of cyber-crime, credit unions must shift their focus to not only improving the mobile banking experience for members, but also to ensuring member data stays secure.

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The Evolution of Mobile Banking App Integration

By Preston Packer |

Jan

23

Technology Evolution is a theory that looks at the radical transformation of society due to technological developments, and is broken into 3 stages: It began with humans' use of tools, slowly evolving to their use of machines, and then rapidly progressing to automation and Artificial Intelligence. The evolution of the mobile banking app has undergone a similar, albeit on a much less grand scale, transformation. What started as a tool for early adopters to check balances and perhaps transfer funds from their cellular devices, mobile banking apps in their infancy still required members to perform the majority of their banking functions either online or in-branch. As the technology advanced, more and more features became available to members, where the app was put to work to perform banking tasks members used to have to do on a more manual basis. In the past couple of years, however, mobile apps have rapidly evolved to automate many parts of the banking experience for members. Integration of product features and a better user experience have become the expectation, not the exception, for members using your credit union's app.

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