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Banking / Business /  • January 8, 2020
The beginning of a beautiful friendship
Credit unions are learning that fintechs can be an excellent complement to support SME members.

Fintechs and credit unions are carving out synergies together, helping ensure SME members are better served.

Banking / Business /  • January 2, 2020
Apportioning the pie
A new report by the Credit Union Business Owner Strategy offers insightful strategies for boosting the system’s portion of the SME market.

A recent credit union business owner strategy report indicates that credit unions should be getting a bigger share of Canada's SME sector.

Banking / Economics /  • November 19, 2019
House rules
Credit unions will continue to be challenged in 2020 by a fractious real estate sector made more complex by the political vagaries of America.

It doesn't take a crystal ball to figure out that the 2020 housing market will continue to be unpredictable, thanks in part to political instabilities. Nonetheless, the Canadian real estate market will likely see higher prices and tighter markets in 2020, with condominium prices possibly raising the roof.

Banking / Risk Management /  • May 8, 2019
Criminal element
Digital misdeeds abound on the Internet, requiring a delicate balancing act for credit unions who have to thwart cybercrooks while protecting their members' privacy and ensuring they enjoy seamless transaction.

Keeping Internet crooks at bay is a huge challenge for financial institutions.

Banking / Technology /  • May 1, 2019
Forging ahead
The future — and present — of banking is digital, with credit unions proving they are competitive players in this ever-growing, crowded field.

Credit unions aren’t taking a back seat to anyone when it comes to innovation in the financial digital world.

Banking / Governance /  • March 30, 2019
Parliamentary pilgrimage
Last year's Hike the Hill, credit unions' annual visit to the nation's capital, held special importance, with delegates lobbying MPs to accept a proposed Market Conduct Code that would allow credit unions to self-regulate relations with members.

Delegates used the annual Hike the Hill in Ottawa to try to convince elected officials to accept a proposed Market Conduct Code of credit union self-regulation.

Banking / Finance /  • January 16, 2019
Close Connection
A two-year Filene Research Institute study involving Ottawa's Alterna Savings & Credit Union analyzed how to best connect with isolated and low-resource communities. The result? A loans program with greater social impact on community.

Alterna Savings & Credit Union took part in a study looking into nurturing relations with isolated communities in order to enhance social impact.

Banking / Business /  • August 1, 2018
Mind your business
The small- and micro-business segment is becoming an increasingly attractive niche for credit unions.

Increasingly, small is beautiful for credit unions looking to invest in new businesses.

Banking / Technology /  • July 13, 2018
Fintech Future
The financial landscape is becoming more competitive for credit unions as fintech continues to accelerate banking innovation.

Credit unions are adapting as fintech continues to accelerate banking innovation.

Banking /  • June 20, 2018
In Sync
Technology has shifted how credit unions operate, necessitating branch redesigns to complement these changes.

Modern credit union branch designs reflect technological advancements.

Banking / Risk Management /  • May 22, 2018
Opportunity knocks
On Jan.1, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions put stricter borrowing rules in place for homeowners. The new rules, however, don’t apply to credit unions. Should credit unions capitalize upon this, or practice strict prudence?

Strict new borrowing rules don’t apply to credit unions. Should prudence prevail?

Banking / Sustainability /  • March 17, 2018
Wary of green
Offering green financial products may make a credit union look and feel good but, crucially, will it boost the bottom line? The answer is more complex than you might think.

There has to be a solid business case for offering green financial products at credit unions.

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