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Top 10 iNews Nowi stories for January (02/03/2012)
MADISON, Wis. (2/6/12)--An article about Downey, Calif.-based Financial Partners CU's recently signed agreement to provide surcharge-free ATM access at all Walgreens in California was the most read News Now article in January.

The 10 most-visited stories for the month are:

10. Consumer Reports: Largest CUs' rates beat largest banks' rates

YONKERS, N.Y. (1/4/12)--The largest credit unions' rates have beat the largest banks' rates in a side-by-side comparison cover story in the prestigious comparative-shopping venue:  Consumer Reports. And they did so in all areas compared.

9. White House to use recess appointment for CFPB director

WASHINGTON (1/4/12, UPDATE 10:16 a.m. ET)--The White House Jan. 4 said it would claim use of its executive powers to install Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) after the U.S. Congress failed to take action on Cordray's nomination before the current work break.

8. Michigan First CU offers 'Turning Point' home loans

LATHRUP VILLAGE, Mich. (1/12/12)--Michigan First CU is offering an alternative lending option for consumers who have not previously qualified for a traditional mortgage.

7. NCUA names risks as 2012 supervisory priority

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (1/5/12)--While pointing out in its first letter to credit unions of the year (12-CU-01) that credit union finances continue to improve, National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) also provided credit unions with a heads up on the risk issues it will be particularly tracking this year.

6. Thrivent plans to become CU

MINNEAPOLIS and APPLETON, Wis. (1/17/12)--Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, with dual headquarters in Minneapolis and Appleton, Wis., will convert its bank subsidiary to a credit union pending approval from the National Credit Union Administration and other regulators, several news outlets reported Friday.

5. NCUA clarifies new call report questions' intent

WASHINGTON (1/11/12)--The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) has clarified that new questions addressing minority credit unions and workplace diversity, which were added to fourth quarter call report documents with no explanation from the agency as to why, are required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act.

4. Mobile banking security tops 10 security threats for 2012

MADISON, Wis. (1/10/12)--While credit unions gear up for what may be radical growth in mobile banking, they also must keep in mind that mobile security is the No. 1 security issue in the list of top 10 computer security threats for 2012, according to McAfee Labs.

3. CNN Money: CUs are best borrowing alternative

NEW YORK (1/17/12)--Credit unions are the best borrowing alternative for consumers who are fed up with big U.S. banks, according to a Friday CNNMoney article.

2. Top 25 stolen passwords for 2011 announced

LOS GATOS, Calif. (1/6/12)--What was the most stolen online password of 2011? "Password." Computer users who think switching the "o" to a zero to make it "passw0rd" didn't fare much better. Both are on the list of the 25 most common passwords used on the Internet this year, according to SplashData, a provider of password management applications.

1. CU, Walgreens sign pact for surcharge-free ATMs

DOWNEY, Calif. (1/24/12)--Financial Partners CU in Downey, Calif., said it has introduced several new technological features and services to better serve its members, including a recently signed agreement to provide surcharge-free ATM access at all Walgreens in California.


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