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Posted: Oct 5, 2017
Categories: Credit Cards, Marketing
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Philadelphia’s American Heritage FCU offers a parachute to members in need

When it comes to the record growth of consumer debt, many questions come to mind. What do we know? What can history teach us? What should a credit union do to keep their members safe? According to Federal Reserve data, total U.S. credit card debt has reached $1 trillion, surpassing a previous mark set in April of 2008 just before the Great Recession. For households that carry credit card debt, the average amount per household is now $9,600, which equals 17 percent of an average U.S. household income. The average interest rate on a credit card is 16 percent, and about 24 percent for those with subpar credit, that debt grows between $1,600 and $2,300 each year. Yet, despite growing household debt at potentially increasing interest rates, most Americans appear to be optimistic about the future due to the stable economy and low unemployment. Unfortunately, all it takes is one major set-back in the way of a job loss or major medical situation to turn the tide and create problems for consumers with high credit card debt.
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Posted: Sep 28, 2017
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Is your credit union prepared to capitalize on increases in member spending?

Back to School is over, Fall and pumpkin spice are in the air, and your members are already thinking about holiday purchases, and it’s only the end of September.  If you have a co-worker who has marked the employee break room calendar with a countdown of the number of paychecks left before the holidays, now is the time for your credit union to create holiday credit and debit usage campaigns to compete for transactions, and capture the projected increase in holiday spending this year.
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Posted: Sep 21, 2017
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As “banking at the fringes” chips away at traditional banking services, credit unions need to shore up their offerings.

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

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (the OSFI is the Canadian equivalent of the US Office of the Comptroller of Currency) has issued a restriction – that any non-banks must remove the terms “bank”, “banker” and “banking” from any references provided by that financial institution. Any financial institutions that continue to use these terms can face criminal charges. “The restriction applies to all non-bank financial service providers, including both federal regulated trust and loan companies and provincially regulated institutions (i.e. credit unions). So processing checks, granting loans, and managing individuals’ wealth is not considered banking in Canada.

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Posted: Aug 31, 2017
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Author: Alexis Nab

A perspective from someone in your target market

Editor's Note: This article was previously published on CUInsight.com and has been modified.

I have a confession to make - I am a millennial. But I’ll let you in on a secret, I’m not that millennial. The one you read about in online articles. See, despite the fact that I love my ridiculously priced Starbucks drinks or know the whereabouts of my phone 99% of the time, who you are reading about in these articles, isn’t my identity - I’m more than just a buzzword.

 

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Posted: Jul 27, 2017
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Back to School campaigns can be rewarding for credit unions and their members.

Back to school planning is in full swing in many parts of the U.S. Didn’t kids just get out of school? How can it be time to think about purchasing glue sticks, crayons, gym shoes, clothes, and other back to school expenses such as vaccinations, health exams and sports equipment for fall sports when it’s the middle of summer?  This time should be filled with making memories from family vacations, taking a trip to the County or State Fair, or hosting cookouts in the backyard with friends and neighbors.
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