10 percent of Americans are credit invisible: Here's how CUs can help

Posted by Cyndie Martini on October 11, 2017 at 8:04 PM

Credit invisibility is a state in which a consumer doesn't have a credit score, having never applied for a credit card or taken a loan. The lack of a credit history can make obtaining a card or a loan very difficult, as the credit report is one of the first documents a financial institution reviews before making a decision.

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Topics: Credit Unions

Small businesses disillusioned with big banks may find opportunity in credit unions

Posted by Cyndie Martini on October 5, 2017 at 12:45 PM

Having a trustworthy and dependable primary financial institution is important to many small businesses. This relationship can help a small-business owner make smart financial decisions, open accounts, apply for loans and take out company credit cards.

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Topics: Credit Unions

This is how hackers can target credit union websites

Posted by Cyndie Martini on September 7, 2017 at 5:51 PM

Every financial institution today should have a website for consumers to view products and services and learn about their brand. Of the many things a website should be - informative, easy to navigate, carefully designed - the No. 1 priority should be security.

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Topics: Credit Unions, Security

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

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