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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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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 2, 2017
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Author: Lou Grilli

It could happen.

There’s been lots of hype claiming that Zelle, the recently launched P2P service by several major banks and credit unions, is the “Venmo killer”, alluding to the fact that financial institutions are staving off the onslaught of tech companies looking to make inroads into the banking industry.

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Posted: Jun 15, 2017
Categories: Emerging Payments
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Author: Lou Grilli

The Growth of ACH and the Decline of the Personal Check

[Editor's Note: This article was previously published in CU Management magazine on Cues.org and has been modified]

Two sets of numbers were recently released by NACHA and the FED, respectively: ACH transactions are up over 5%, and checks are declining by 2%. Neither of which are eye-popping numbers, but when taken together, raises the question: what does this mean for credit unions?

First a deeper dive into the growth of ACH. NACHA is a not-for-profit responsible for managing, governing and administering the ACH network. The most recent numbers from NACHA’s president, Janet Estep, claimed that ACH transaction volume rose 5.3 percent to 25.5 billion, representing a transfer of $43.7 trillion. While 5.4% growth sounds slightly anemic, a denominator in the billions takes a big numerator just to move a few percentage points. And to complete the math, that’s an average transaction of $1,748.

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Posted: May 30, 2017
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Declining authorizations may have unintended negative consequences on your members.

Some credit unions are declining authorization for Facebook payments due to the relatively high number of fraud cases being reported for that merchant category code. But declining these authorizations may have unintended negative consequences on your members. Here’s why.

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