In the increasingly competitive mortgage lending market, every basis point of profitability counts. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, the average profit earned per loan originated in 2018 was only $367, a decrease from $711 per loan in 2017. ...read more
In the increasingly competitive mortgage lending market, every basis point of profitability counts. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, the average profit earned per loan originated in 2018 was only $367, a decrease from $711 per loan in 2017. Many...read more
A more dovish tone from the Fed, coupled with lower global growth expectations in 2019, have led the fixed-income market to price for rate cuts within the next 12 months. During this period, some credit union investors have expressed a need for specific investments or...read more
As total merger activity slowed slightly in 2018, with 192 approved consolidations vs. 200 approved by the NCUA the previous year, there seems to be a transition happening within the industry. Larger credit unions with $1B or more in assets are less likely to be...read more
Banks want to achieve above-average profitability. Profitable growth is a critical element to success as an organization. Long-run commercial viability occurs when an organization delivers value to its constituents in a profitable and sustainable manner. But how do...read more
Timely and accurate management reporting is key to any credit union’s successful investment management process. There are four specific reports that are critical to the success of credit union investment portfolio managers and should be produced periodically: A...read more
Top-Level Takeaways Balance sheet management helps credit unions better understand how current and future economic scenarios will affect assets and liabilities.For this year and beyond, credit unions should monitor rates, liquidity, and technology costs. Interest...read more
Evaluating fixed-income performance according to book yield or total return is a common question received by ALM First, investment adviser to the Trust for Credit Unions Portfolios and trusted partner to more than 250 financial institutions. To answer it, we’ll break...read more
Published in: CU Business Timely and accurate management reporting is key to a successful investment management process. There are four reports that are critical to a manager’s success and should be produced periodically: a Portfolio Holdings report, an MDRA or...read more
Published in: CUNA Finance Council Year-end industry analysis has shown that 2018 was a standout year for credit union performance. Credit unions recorded the highest ROA and ROE metrics observed post-crisis, and industry net worth finished at one of the strongest...read more
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