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In depth analysis and commentary on trends and issues in the credit union industry.
Posted December 05, 2016 by CUNA Economics

Complexity of disclosures and variety of fees pose obstacles to cost-conscious consumers.  

Posted December 02, 2016 by CUNA Economics
18% of accountholders pay more than $100 in overdrafts per year.
Posted November 30, 2016 by CUNA Economics
58% fail to follow holiday budgets.
Posted November 28, 2016 by CUNA Economics
Regulatory concerns ‘top driver for security spending.’
Posted November 23, 2016 by CUNA Economics
Sixteen percent of caregivers reduce retirement contributions to financially support loved ones.
Posted November 21, 2016 by CUNA Economics
Independent lenders carry 51.4% of mortgage loan dollars in third quarter.
Posted November 18, 2016 by CUNA Economics
46% of American employers struggle to fill vacant positions.
Posted November 16, 2016 by CUNA Economics
Loan amounts averaged $184,179 in September, says Ellie Mae.
Posted November 14, 2016 by CUNA Economics
‘Boomerang borrowers will be a critical segment of the real estate market.’
Posted November 11, 2016 by CUNA Economics
Engaged employees demonstrate loyalty those disengaged give the ‘entire generation a bad name.’
Posted November 09, 2016 by CUNA Economics
Employee wants, technology, and public policy will impact business models.
Posted November 07, 2016 by CUNA Economics
Foreclosure rate for September is 3.38%.   September data collected by Black Knight Financial Services “shows that only 1% of the total number of mortgage in the U.S. are currently in active foreclosure,” according to an
Posted November 03, 2016 by CUNA Economics
Corporate Stabilization Fund Update
Posted November 02, 2016 by CUNA Economics
Eighty eight percent of buyers finance their home purchase.   Home prices are up in 2016—the median price paid by all buyers is a median $227,700, notes the National Association of Realtors in its 2016 Profile
Posted October 31, 2016 by CUNA Economics
75% of companies plan to offer holiday bonuses.
Posted October 28, 2016 by CUNA Economics
Five trends emerge that signal good news for proprietors of small enterprises.
Posted October 26, 2016 by CUNA Economics
658 million vacation days untaken in 2015.
Posted October 24, 2016 by CUNA Economics
Cards remain a popular payment option, despite growing use of mobile pay.
Posted October 21, 2016 by CUNA Economics
Attract clients and build loyalty by providing help before and after a crisis.
Posted October 19, 2016 by CUNA Economics
Two thirds of students considered future earnings when choosing their major.
Posted October 17, 2016 by CUNA Economics
Does opportunity exist to penetrate student lending market via financial advice?
Posted October 14, 2016 by CUNA Economics
Fifty one percent of American consumers claim to have no debt.
Posted October 12, 2016 by CUNA Economics
An aging population means fewer will go to work.
Posted October 10, 2016 by CUNA Economics
Develop a benefits strategy with employee preferences in mind.
Posted October 07, 2016 by CUNA Economics
18% have no retirement savings.
Posted October 05, 2016 by CUNA Economics
63% of Xers fret about financing retirement.
Posted October 03, 2016 by CUNA Economics
Colleges take note as high default rate impacts loan eligibility.
Posted September 30, 2016 by CUNA Economics
In the next 12 months, 2 in 5 consumers will look for help making financial choices.
Posted September 28, 2016 by CUNA Economics
Millennial couples more apt to maintain separate financial accounts.
Posted September 26, 2016 by CUNA Economics

Technology will impact employees as branches lose square footage.

Posted September 23, 2016 by CUNA Economics
‘People don’t seem to know how to spend less than they make.’
Posted September 21, 2016 by CUNA Economics
Part time employment and stagnant wages contribute to challenges for the middle class.
Posted September 19, 2016 by CUNA Economics
Choosing the right card can save borrowers money.
Posted September 16, 2016 by CUNA Economics
Investors of all generations tend to be overconfident in understanding investments.
Posted September 14, 2016 by CUNA Economics
Waning sales in August indicate growth cycle has peaked.
Posted September 12, 2016 by CUNA Economics
In 2016, 41% of workers were satisfied with their earnings.
Posted September 09, 2016 by CUNA Economics
Consumers appreciate low interest rates and flexibility HELOCs allow.  Fewer loans were originated for U.S. residences in Q2 2016 than the prior year, but this is still up compared to the two year low for
Posted September 07, 2016 by CUNA Economics
Level of income is not the determining factor in lack of savings.

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