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Posted: Jan 17, 2017
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Author: Paul Castner

Focus will be on the future of payments. Featured presenters announced.

CSCU announced the theme and featured presenters for the CSCU 2017 Annual Conference.  This year’s conference will focus on the future of payments and will provide the insights and direction that credit unions need to be ready for the many technological advancements coming soon that will impact their institutions and their relationships with members.

“CSCU has held an annual meeting for over 25 years and for the first 20 of those, the payments industry did not change that much,” says CSCU president, Bob Hackney.  “During the past five years the industry has been inundated by countless new technological innovations changing the way members pay for their products and services and connect with their financial institution.  The payments landscape is rapidly evolving and can be interesting to look at, but it also has created a lot of confusion so we designed our 2017 conference to address how the changes today and in the future will impact credit unions.”

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Posted: Jan 12, 2017
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Author: Lou Grilli

Mobile P2P users in the U.S. will grow from 69 million to 126 million by 2020

Credit and debit cards have become the non-cash standard way to pay merchants, due to ubiquitous acceptance and worldwide standards. But when it comes to paying another person, there is no standard way to do so, and many hurdles stand in the way of completing a person-to-person (P2P, sometimes called peer-to-peer) transaction. It certainly is not due to lack of need. Roommates splitting the rent and the utilities, diners sharing the bill, friends sending monetary gifts for a birthday, and travelers splitting vacation costs are the top 5 use cases for P2P payments, which represents $50 - $80 billion in payments. This number is hard to pinpoint, since the vast majority of these P2P payments are still being made using cash and to a decreasing extent, personal checks.
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Posted: Jan 6, 2017
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Author: Tom Davis

CSCU's Tom Davis self grades his 2016 predictions. What grades would you give him?

At the beginning of 2016, I made several predictions about what would be happening in payments and how they would impact credit unions. With 2016 now in the rear view mirror, it is time to take a look back at what happened in 2016 and grade my predictions – the original article can be found here.

Mobile wallets

My Prediction: “MasterCard Digital Enablement Service (MDES) and Visa Digital Enablement Program (VDEP) have streamlined credit unions’ enrollment in mobile wallets.  In 2016, we expect as more mobile wallets become available from smartphone makers such as LG and HTC, this process will become even more efficient” “

How I Did: ‘B’ I correctly called the role that MDES and VDEP had in enabling credit unions to enroll in the “Pays” – by the end of the year more than half are enrolled. But I missed the mark on LG and HTC releasing their pays.

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Posted: Dec 22, 2016
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Author: Tom Davis

Cloud-based solutions provide convenience to consumers and cost-savings for merchants.

With the release of Apple Pay back in 2014, mobile wallets at the point of sale (POS) have been all the buzz.  Apple, Samsung, and Android have swallowed up the headlines with their POS payment innovations.  However, the next wave of POS payment innovations have dramatic changes in store.  In fact, it could be said that mobile wallets are about to be leapfrogged by a new and better way to pay.  Several checkout-less shopping technologies are starting to show up in the marketplace leveraging “cloud-based payments”.  With checkout-less shopping, consumers can walk into a retail establishment and take whatever products they want off the shelves and walk right out of the store.  No lines, no hassle, and the payment happens automatically and is mostly invisible.  Sounds too real to be true?  It isn’t!  In fact there are several examples in market across many different retailers utilizing several different technologies.
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Posted: Dec 14, 2016
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Author: Gillian Huntley

Relaxed restrictions could open up expansion and competition.

Credit unions have always epitomized the spirit of collaboration. Sharing tips and tricks, best practices, aggregating volumes to shared vendors, are all hallmarks of the U.S. credit union industry. But there is a recently made change which has the potential to disrupt this cooperation, and pit credit unions against each other. Or these same changes could be used to grow and strengthen credit unions, to make credit unions an even more compelling alternative to banks. These changes relate to who a credit union can allow to become a member – the field of membership. Federally-chartered credit unions must adhere to restrictions set by the National Credit Union Association (NCUA), and some of these restrictions are being relaxed, opening up expansion possibilities for many credit unions. How credit unions who choose to take advantage of the loosening of restrictions to expand use their gains will either keep and grow the spirit, or break it.

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