Portfolio Management Articles

Lending Strategies That Generate a Quick Return (Part 2 of 2)

Lending Strategies That Generate a Quick Return (Part 2 of 2)

Your credit union has set its 2018 budget, but it has some limited extra funds to invest in the short-term. Where should it invest right now to get the most bang for the ROI? In part one of our two-part article series, we discussed how optimizing existing systems can be a smart lending strategy that…

Lending Strategies That Generate a Quick Return (Part 1 of 2)

Lending Strategies That Generate a Quick Return (Part 1 of 2)

If a credit union finds itself with a budget surplus and ROI is a must, where should it look to invest in the short term?  I’d suggest two primary strategies to produce a quick return. The first would be to optimize existing systems, and the second would be to invest in self-funding initiatives. When optimizing…

Lending Data & the Credit Union Mandate

Lending Data & the Credit Union Mandate

The very first provision of the Federal Credit Union Act declares that, in addition to promoting thrift, credit unions exist to create a source of credit for members to be used for provident or productive purposes. The lending department is key to credit unions fulfilling this mandate. Your credit union’s loan products help members build…

A Word on Meal Prep and Data Warehousing

A Word on Meal Prep and Data Warehousing

If you are a fan of social media networking, as I am, there is no doubt that you have at least a handful of individuals in your network who like to share pictures of their healthy “meal prep” every week. Meal prepping is the process of preparing one’s meals for the coming week and organizing…

The Prospects of Change

The Prospects of Change

This is graduation season. Over the past two weekends, I’m proud to have had the opportunity to celebrate college graduations for my youngest two daughters.  It has certainly been hectic, as these graduations were at two different schools — in two different states, but it is truly a blessing to know that I have completed…

The Time Is Now to Prioritize Technology for the Future

The Time Is Now to Prioritize Technology for the Future

With the economy improving, the unemployment rate being the lowest it has been in nine years, and consumer confidence building momentum, credit unions continue to experience steady member and loan growth, low delinquencies and charge offs. These are all very positive signs, but can foster a false sense of security if not careful.  History has…

Drive ’17 Conference Delivers the Speakers and Strategies to Help CUs Win

Drive ’17 Conference Delivers the Speakers and Strategies to Help CUs Win

The lending marketplace continues to see competition ramp up. And now, more than ever, to remain not only competitive, but to gain market share, credit unions that embrace cutting-edge technology and strategies to capture more loans, improve loan portfolio performance, better engage members, and improve member loyalty, have a distinct advantage. Leading experts and innovators…

CECL – Not Your Mom’s ALLL Calculation

CECL – Not Your Mom’s ALLL Calculation

CECL (Current Expected Credit Loss) is an ongoing, pervasive topic when I sit down and talk with credit unions. I believe this is partly because many are nervous and unsure of its potential impact, and how to start preparing for it. There is a ton of information floating around on the subject; some accurate, some…

Six Essential Steps for Passing Your Next NCUA Examination

Six Essential Steps for Passing Your Next NCUA Examination

You want to pass your next NCUA exam with flying colors, but not sure where to begin? Here are six important steps that your credit union needs to follow to ensure that you are ready for the examiners when they show up on your doorstep. Start Preparing Early One of the biggest mistakes that I encounter…

Of Ragnars and Other Things

Of Ragnars and Other Things

Each New Year brings the opportunity for us to start fresh and set new goals. People often mark the occasion with resolutions of change and commitment to personal improvement. Yet, by February many have forgotten the optimism that the New Year brought, once the realities of life have reminded us of our limitations. The same…