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MODDern Times In Auto Lending, Deep in the Heart of Texas

MODDern Times In Auto Lending, Deep in the Heart of Texas

Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union (RBFCU) is way ahead of the game when it comes to supplying the three most important elements in the modern auto buying experience – convenience, convenience, convenience. RBFCU is a $9.2 billion credit union headquartered in Live Oak, Texas, a northern suburb of San Antonio, near the legendary Randolph Air…

New Loan Origination Technology Helps Vantage West Drive Speed and Efficiency Across the Entire Lending Process

New Loan Origination Technology Helps Vantage West Drive Speed and Efficiency Across the Entire Lending Process

The $2 billion Vantage West Credit Union is one of Arizona’s largest financial institutions, serving nearly 157,000 members. Lending has driven its strong and steady growth; according to NCUA financial reports, Vantage West’s key financial measures show it has led its peers in nearly every lending category, even through the Great Recession. In fact, in…

Consumer LOS Upgrade Generates Big Gains for CU in Niche Markets

Consumer LOS Upgrade Generates Big Gains for CU in Niche Markets

Credit unions are coming full circle in the current business climate that favors those who drill deep into niche markets, rather than casting a wide but shallow net. Technology has enabled businesses to locate ideal customers, reach them where they live, and speak their language. That’s good news for credit unions like the $260 million…

LOS Technology Cultivates Healthy Auto and Consumer Loan Programs at MVFCU

LOS Technology Cultivates Healthy Auto and Consumer Loan Programs at MVFCU

The Alaska State Fair in Palmer, Alaska, is well-known for its giant vegetable exhibits, including a world record cabbage that weighed almost 140 lbs. and pumpkins that regularly top 1,000 lbs. Matanuska Valley FCU, also in Palmer, had similar goals five years ago: grow a large auto loan portfolio, according to Consumer Loan Manager Jaccie…

Machine Learning Can Improve CUs’ “People Helping People”

Machine Learning Can Improve CUs’ “People Helping People”

Computer programming has come a long way since the late 1970s and early 80s, when high school students learned BASIC and wrote simple programs on Commodore 64s. Today, six-year-olds learn coding from LEGO kits purchased at Target and young entrepreneurs are earning millions writing apps and selling them to global fintech companies. Until recently, however,…

Growing Your Mortgage Business In A Challenging Market

Growing Your Mortgage Business In A Challenging Market

It’s a great time to be a lender in just about any loan category in the credit union industry. Assets, total loans, resi, auto, credit cards, member business loans are all up. Even better news, delinquencies are at cycle lows, so performance is strong due to a healthy economy. The only blinking red light has…

‘CUDL Way of Life’ Results in More Booking, Better Dealer Relations, and Expanded Market Presence for Amplify Credit Union

‘CUDL Way of Life’ Results in More Booking, Better Dealer Relations, and Expanded Market Presence for Amplify Credit Union

When $930 million Amplify Credit Union, based in Austin, Texas, switched to the CUDL platform it was more than just a change of indirect auto lending portals, it represented a move up to the “CUDL way of life,” according to Tony Kountoupis. Kountoupis, the credit union’s VP of consumer lending, said Amplify had been using…

Consumers Credit Union Finds Success Blazing An “Indirect” Trail With CU Direct In Western Michigan

Consumers Credit Union Finds Success Blazing An “Indirect” Trail With CU Direct In Western Michigan

Consumers Credit Union wanted more – much more – out of its indirect auto lending program. The credit union was frustrated with the inefficient way dealer partners sent the credit union applications through many costly systems, which ended up in their separate loan origination system. This, combined with a desire to work with a credit…

The Credit Union Difference

The Credit Union Difference

At the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) we tell the credit union story. It’s our job to talk to lawmakers and regulators in Washington, members of the media, and American consumers about the credit union difference. What do I mean by difference? Many people who aren’t credit union members are probably familiar with the words…

How To Optimize Loan Performance

How To Optimize Loan Performance

Rapid growth in credit union indirect lending programs has triggered more examiner scrutiny and additional emphasis on the performance of these programs. Credit unions can be more effective in mitigating risk and optimizing performance within their indirect portfolios by taking a number of steps, including implementing a series of key metrics: dealer performance scorecards, multi-dimensional…