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Posted: Feb 21, 2018
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Author: Lou Grilli

Use of debit continues to grow as consumers shift their cash and check spend to the convenience of plastic. According to the Fed, the number of debit payments increased from 56.5 billion in 2012 to 69.5 billion in 2015, the largest increase in the number of payments among the payment types. More recently, and more relevantly, Trellance credit unions saw their Visa Signature Debit transactions grow year over year in January 2018 by 8.83%. Yet at the same time, credit unions are seeing a decline in average debit interchange. So, what is going on?

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Posted: Jan 18, 2018
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Author: Alexis Nab

Trellance's Optimize Credit Line Increase Program plays a pivotal role

Texas-based Randolph Brooks FCU strives to offer the best-in-class financial solutions to its members.  However, while their quarterly business reviews showed that their credit card program was performing well in comparison to their credit union peers, they wanted to achieve more from their program.  “Through strategic analysis, we identified slower card acquisition and transaction growth than what is expected of a portfolio of our size”, noted Deana Bartel, Vice President of Payments Services.

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Posted: Jan 12, 2018
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Recent performance data from NCUA and Callahan & Associates show several positive trends. But looks can be deceiving.

The role of the Portfolio Consultant at Trellance means being able to paint the picture for member/owner credit unions as to exactly how their credit card portfolio is performing. Each quarter, average credit union performance is released, which for the last very many quarters have all shown positive trends.

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Posted: Dec 18, 2017
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INTRODUCING TRELLANCE

It isn’t every day that we have such awesome news to share on ThePaymentsReview; and fortunately today is one of those days. The PaymentsReview is proud to announce a new company, Trellance.

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Posted: Dec 14, 2017
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Author: Lou Grilli

It’s imperative for credit unions to understand interchange – the biggest component of non-interest income.

One of the most misunderstood, and possibly the most misaligned topic in the credit and debit card world is interchange. At a summary, it is a fee paid by a merchant, paid to the issuer, each time a credit or debit cardholder uses a card, in a store or online. The fee covers the cost of processing the credit or debit card; for a credit transaction the fee reimburses the issuer for the interest on carrying the balance during the cardholder’s debt repayment grace period; and the fee is intended to address the cost for zero fraud liability, which reimburses the cardholder in case of fraud. In addition, higher interchange is charged for signature rewards credit cards, to cover the cost of additional cardholder benefits such as cash back or auto rental collision damage waiver. The practice of a merchant paying the issuer interchange was established in 1971, when Bank Americard set 1.95% as the standard rate as compensation for the risk of card-issuing banks. Interchange is also paid to the ATM owner each time a cardholder gets cash out. Seems simple enough, but there’s much more complexity to it.
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