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Posted: Nov 3, 2016
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How Credit Unions Can Grow Profits From This Opportunity

People don’t like to pay fees, and many credit union members love their credit unions precisely because they don’t like the fees that big banks charge. But there is one area where members may be willing, and actually want to pay fees. Credit cards with high annual fees that also come with equally generous benefits are in high demand. And credit unions should take advantage of this increasing appetite for what are known as signature, premium, or elite cards, along with the high interchange rates that come with the card.
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Posted: Oct 26, 2016
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Author: Shana Baert

Why make your members wait for their new or replacement cards?

Traditional card issuance involved a credit union requesting a new card from their processor when a member opens a new account, or reports a lost or stolen card. The processor then personalizes a card and mails it, getting a new card in the hands of the member, on average, 8-10 days after opening the account. But instant issuance, the ability to provide an activated card in-branch is a game changer, both for greater member satisfaction, and increased card usage.

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Posted: Sep 26, 2016
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Innovative ScoreCard Rewards Promotion Delivers Results

CSCU member Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union has increased its average monthly credit card applications by 89% after extending to members its “3-2-1” ScoreCard Rewards program. Since July 2015, the program has offered credit union members triple points on a quarterly rotating category, double points year round on gas and groceries, and one point per dollar spent on all other purchases.

 

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Posted: Aug 16, 2016
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Author: Lou Grilli

Not true! Chip cards are solving the problem they were intended to solve.

A number of leading news organizations recently reported that a security flaw in chip cards has been discovered, questioning the security benefits offered by EMV technology. One article suggests there are ways to completely undo the security the chip-enabled cards provide. The articles pointed to research presented by two people from NCR, a payments technology leader. Their research was presented at Black Hat, a widely attended hackers convention where research, security flaws, and hacks are presented to the public and to fellow security experts with the goal of closing security gaps before they can be exploited.

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Posted: Aug 4, 2016
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Contactless debit, credit and prepaid cards - payment cards that can be used by tapping a point of sale (POS) terminal or waving the card near the terminal - have been issued by major banks around the world since 2007.  Also referred to as “tap and pay” or “tap and go,” these cards feature an embedded NFC antenna and chip (different than the EMV chip) which allows the card to exchange payment credentials to an NFC enabled terminal with just a wave or a tap. They are touted for both speed and convenience mostly because no signature or PIN is needed.  In addition, the transaction amounts using this capability are typically limited to $25 or $50, consistent with the waiving of the need for signature for mag stripe transactions for those amounts.

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