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Posted: Nov 5, 2018
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Over 13M Americans (5.35%) have finished holiday shopping! Now for the good news – the other 95% of shoppers still have not completed!  However, another 18% anticipated being finished by November 1st.  Black Friday is no longer the perceived start to holiday shopping. If issuers are waiting until closer to Black Friday to begin promotions to entice cardholders to use their card products, they will be getting out of the gate late.  A full three weeks late.

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Posted: Nov 1, 2018
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Why Embracing Lifelong Learning Is The Best Gift You Can Give To Your Professional Self

[Editor’s Note: This article was previously published on CUInsight, and has been modified.]

During my recent presentation at Trellance’s Payments Academy, I spoke about the importance of embracing thought leadership in building a personal brand. I challenged the attendees to ask themselves, “What do I want to be known for?” This sparked a conversation among the presenters and attendees about what makes someone an expert. The consensus was that years of experience in your field is just one of the main ingredients in claiming expertise. The other essential component is the expert’s ability to remain relevant and knowledgeable on his/her area(s) of expertise in this ever-changing landscape.

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Posted: Oct 11, 2018
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Author: Lou Grilli

U.S. Bank becomes the first financial institution subject to OCC supervision to offer “deposit advance products” a.k.a. Payday Loans. Should credit unions step up to help the community?

U.S. Bank, the country’s largest regional bank, began taking advantage of a roll-back of OCC regulations that prohibited banks from offering deposit advance products. According to the LA Times, a U.S. Bank customer with a checking account open for more than 6 months, and a direct deposited paycheck can apply online and if approved, be granted a loan of between $100 and $1,000, within minutes. Repayment, which must be within three months, comes with an interest rate of $12 per $100 borrowed, which calculates to nearly a 71% annualized interest rate. U.S. Bank is just the first of what is expected to be a wave of banks providing competition to payday lenders. What changed to bring this on?

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Posted: Oct 3, 2018
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Author: Lou Grilli

The stakes are high - $90 billion in fees paid collectively by merchants each year, according to Bloomberg. The proposed class action settlement amount is record-breaking - $6.2 billion, the most significant dollar amount ever, to be paid to 12 million merchants who do not opt-out of the settlement.

What does this mean for the future of interchange fees? It’s still murky, at best.

A lawsuit that was being argued since 2005 was finally settled on September 18, 2018, some 13 years later. The class action was initially filed by the National Retail Federation, the Retail Industry Leaders Association, and the National Association of Convenience Stores, collectively representing about 12 million merchants in the U.S. It named Visa, Mastercard, and several large issuers, including JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp. as Defendants. The suit accuses the defendants of conspiring to fix interchange fees that businesses pay to process credit and debit cards. A previous settlement had been reached in 2012 but was thrown out by the courts. This time around, the settlement, which still needs to be approved by the courts, leaves open several unanswered issues.

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Posted: Sep 19, 2018
Categories: Credit Cards, Marketing
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[Editor’s Note: This article was previously published in the CU Today, and has been modified.]


It’s no surprise that card issuers are pursuing the affluent consumer with their credit card offerings. These cardholders generally contribute 60% more spend than non-affluent cardholders and their monthly spend is 3.6X greater than cardholders with traditional credit cards. Therefore, these consumers are spending and transacting more frequently, which equates to higher revenue for the issuer.

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