Alliant Credit Union upgraded its card rewards program, and so can you

Posted by Cyndie Martini on August 3, 2017 at 8:04 PM

For years, the reasons for consumers to bank at a credit union have been strong, but numbered: better customer service; lower fees; a more personalized experience.

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Topics: Reward Program, Rewards

How credit unions are affected by today's consumer debt trends

Posted by Cyndie Martini on July 26, 2017 at 2:32 PM

Household debt is growing again, according to data collected by The Federal Reserve Bank of New York. As of the end of the first quarter of 2017, household debt stood at $12.73 trillion, up from $12.57 trillion at the end of 2016 and $12.12 trillion at the end of 2015.

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Topics: Credit Union

Visa's ATM EMV deadline is Oct. 1 - Credit unions should move fast

Posted by Cyndie Martini on July 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Two years ago, retailers across the country faced a deadline: On Oct. 1 of that year, they needed to have an EMV-capable payment terminal, or risk being stuck with the financial fallout of fraud. Meanwhile, other areas of heavy card use - like ATMs and gas pump terminals - had the benefit of extended deadlines.

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Topics: Credit Unions

OMB's credit union tax exemption cost estimate shocks industry

Posted by Cyndie Martini on July 12, 2017 at 1:38 PM

When the Office of Management and Budget released the Trump Administration's budget Tuesday, May 23, many were shocked to see a significant change to the credit union tax exemption estimate.

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Topics: Credit Unions

EMV transactions are gaining momentum, but there's still room for improvement

Posted by Cyndie Martini on July 5, 2017 at 1:13 PM

Despite the difficult transition to EMV in late 2015, many merchants and consumers have gotten the hang of the new payment method. In March, EMV reached a new milestone: Consumers completed 1 billion transactions with their chip-enabled Visa cards in March, according to data collected by Visa.

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Topics: Credit Unions, EMV

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