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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: Jan 10, 2018
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ThePaymentsReview introduces a new feature, which will occasionally highlight regulatory topics important to credit unions.

[Editor's Note: This article was previously published on CU Insight, and has been modified.] 

Credit unions typically incorporate minimal fees, deriving most of their non-interest income from interchange on credit and debit portfolios. As the income from interchange declines, some credit unions look to fees to replace that revenue. What fees can be charged is, in part, limited by “Reg Z”.

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Posted: Jan 3, 2018
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Author: Lou Grilli

The Trellance Team weighs in on what's to come

As hard as it is to believe, it’s once again time to start in on all our New Year’s resolutions. But first, we wanted to step back and share our predictions for 2018. The thought leaders of Trellance gazed deeply into their crystal balls and came up with their vision for what might happen in this new year, and the implications for the credit union community.

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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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Posted: Dec 1, 2017
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Author: Lou Grilli

[Editor's Note: This article was previously published on “Anthem”, the online News & Info site of the Northwest Credit Union Association, and has been modified.]

When members think about services provided by their credit union, they might first think about their share draft account, a debit card, bill pay, loans, and credit cards - basic services offered by almost all financial institutions. But, something new is happening when it comes to these services. No, not new services, but rather something called “banking on the fringes.”

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