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Posted: Apr 13, 2016
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Author: Paul Castner

Record turnout expected. Renowned speakers. The Payments Review will be there!

It seems like we just unpacked the boxes from last year’s CSCU Solutions Conference (SC), but here we are again with our 2016 annual conference just a few days away.  SC16 runs from April 20-23 and is being held at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club in Orlando, a world-class resort and conference center that just happens to be connected to some rather famous theme parks.  The venue, the agenda, the speakers, the weather, and the fun are all key ingredients to making SC16 shape up as arguably one of CSCU’s best conferences. 

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Posted: Apr 7, 2016
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Author: Lou Grilli

As more POS terminals are being upgraded to EMV chip-ready, and more credit unions are getting chip cards in the hands of their members, questions regarding fallback transactions are being generated. 

 What is a fallback transaction?

Simply stated, a fallback transaction occurs when a chip card is presented to a chip enabled terminal ("chip-on-chip"), but the transaction is conducted as a swipe, usually due to the terminal unable to read the chip on the card. This could be due to a defective or scratched chip, a terminal or network incorrectly configured or with a chip reader that is defective (all legitimate reasons for fallback), or a chip intentionally damaged so it cannot be read, on a counterfeit card encoded with magnetic data stolen from a chip card. 

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Posted: Mar 29, 2016
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Author: Lou Grilli

Loyalty programs are undergoing changes on all fronts. American Express announced a new mobile app that will allow membership rewards to be used at the POS, presumably at a devalued exchange rate. Starbucks changed their long-standing rewards program by issuing “stars” based on dollar spend, rather than the number of transactions, causing some consternation among Frappuccino and Oprah Chai aficionados. The way credit and debit card issuers who offer loyalty programs view rewards is also coming under scrutiny.

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Posted: Mar 15, 2016
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Author: Paul Castner

 

New Payment Technologies.  Fighting Fraud. Interest Rates.  CU Loan Growth.

Tom Davis, CSCU’s Sr. Vice President of Finance and Technology, was recently interviewed by Mike Lawson of CU Broadcast during GAC in Washington, D.C.  Covering a wide range of topics on what credit unions should be prepared for in 2016, Davis offered his expert insights on emerging payments and what to expect in the ongoing fight against fraud.  Additionally, he says to keep an eye on interest rates and that we will continue to see loan growth for credit unions in 2016.

 


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Posted: Mar 9, 2016
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Author: Bill Lehman

It’s not uncommon for credit unions to overlook existing cardholders as a significant opportunity to help stimulate portfolio growth and increased profitability.  But, it is more common for credit unions to equate portfolio growth and increased profitability solely on new account acquisition.  However, it is easier and more cost effective to leverage your existing cardholders for increased portfolio growth and profitability than to acquire new accounts.    

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