Revenue-boosting opportunities in the new year

first_imgThe environment credit unions operate in is constantly changing amid new regulations and compliance issues, evolving technologies and shifts in members’ needs. But while these changes present their own set of challenges, they also come with great opportunities. When leveraged correctly, today’s financial services environment offers many ways credit unions can stay ahead of the curve while stimulating their own growth. Here are a few options to consider as you seek new ways to help your members and grow your credit union’s  bottom line:Investing in technologyCredit unions are investing significant resources in new technologies, and it’s no wonder why – technological advancements are disrupting the way consumers use financial institutions. From online banking to remote deposit or contactless payment, credit unions need to embrace the tools and services that can make it easier for members to manage their finances. Credit unions that stay ahead of the technological curve – in both services and the protection of members’ sensitive data – will be the ones best positioned to grow and thrive in the marketplace of tomorrow.Member business lendingCredit union member business lending – commercial lending – can be critical to boosting local economies and strengthening credit unions’ bottom lines. Commercial lending can mean the difference between the success or failure of a member small business. When conducted in a safe, sound manner, it offers an avenue for diversifying the credit union loan portfolio and growing net interest income.Investing in a credit union service organization (CUSO)CUSOs can offer a cost-effective means to expand member services and strengthen the bottom line. As fintech expands and more market disruptors enter the financial space, CUSOs can help drive down costs per loan, increase access to new technology and expertise and give credit unions a stronger foothold in the consumer financial services market.Other growth opportunitiesMy own expertise in strategic growth planning includes significant experience guiding Webster First Federal Credit Union through a number of mergers over the past many years. Some institutions approach mergers as a way to strengthen and diversify the balance sheet, but it’s important for credit unions contemplating a merger to consider how the institutions involved will complement one another and ensure the best outcome for members.I’ll be speaking about the merger process during the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions’ Strategic Growth Conference March 5-7 in Nashville. I’m excited to be part of this conference – NAFCU has built the agenda to give attendees revenue-boosting solutions that are achievable now.We live in a fast-paced, ever-changing world, so it’s important for credit unions to take advantage of these opportunities before they’re gone. I hope to see you at the Strategic Growth Conference in March – the strategies it will cover will help you as you forge a path to keep your credit union the best financial institution it can be. 57SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mike Lussier Mike Lussier is the president and CEO of Webster First Federal Credit Union (Webster, Mass.) and has worked in the credit union industry for 30 years. He is the author … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Family accuse Balerang Police in Batam of torturing detainee to death

first_imgFamily members of a detainee who reportedly died at the Balerang Police station in Batam, Riau Islands, on Saturday have accused officers of torturing him to death.The accusation came to public attention after the detainee’s nephew, Alfajar Madani, shared the chronology of his uncle’s passing in Twitter. Alfajar’s family members then went to Budi Kemuliaan Hospital to take Hendri’s body. However, they said they found bruises all over his body and his head was wrapped in a plastic bag.According to Alfajar, police told the press that Hendri had died at the hospital after an asthma attack. Alfajar, however, said that his uncle had no history of asthma.Balerang Police chief Sr. Comr. Purwadi Wahyu Anggoro refused to comment on the incident.”I don’t want to give any statement for now. We’ll hand the case to doctors to determine his cause of death,” he said on Tuesday as reported by (nal)Topics : Alfajar’s tweets went viral, gaining more than 23,000 retweets and comments.”I want to ask the readers [of this tweet] to voice [my demands for] justice for my deceased uncle, Hendri Alfred Bakarie. He was apprehended by police officers on Aug. 6 at around 3 p.m […]. The officers did not bring any arrest warrant,” Alfajar tweeted on Monday.He said the following day several officers, who claimed to be from the Balerang Police, had brought Hendri to his house to search for evidence but had found nothing.”On Aug. 8, at around 1 p.m. police officers came to my uncle’s house to pick up his wife. They said she was allowed to visit him. So my uncle’s wife, my aunts, my grandpa and grandma went to the Barelang Police station […]. At the station, officers told them that my uncle had passed away at 7:13 a.m. that morning,” he wrote.last_img read more