Posted November 13th, 2014 No Comments
CO-OP hosting payment tokenization webinar

CO-OP Financial Services will host a free webinar Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. that will focus on payment tokenization, a secure payment technology that Apple Pay and other mobile wallets utilize. The webinar will be hosted by Caroline Willard, EVP of markets and strategy, and Michelle Thornton, manager of core products.

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Posted November 13th, 2014 No Comments
Data breaches a real and expensive threat for all financial institutions—including credit unions

In 2013, the financial industry had the second highest per capita data breach cost[i] and racked up more than $11.3 billion in card fraud expenses.[ii] What’s driving these breaches?

Two major categories: Payment card and cyber breaches

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Posted November 13th, 2014 No Comments
Coffee Club Members Talk Elections

Members of Claude’s Coffee Club met for the second time in Omaha and Lincoln to discuss the outcome of the 2014 General Election and the political landscape going forward into 2015.  The Club was formed in September to help raise additional funds for the credit union state political action committee, called NCULLAC, and to give credit union leaders in Nebraska insider information when it comes to legislative, political and regulatory issues.

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Posted November 13th, 2014 No Comments
FIS Global, on EMV

EMV® is a global standard for credit and debit payment cards based on chip card technology as opposed to magnetic stripe. The EMV name comes from Europay, MasterCard® and Visa®, the companies that initiated development of the EMV specifications in 1994.

EMV chip-based payment cards, also known as smart cards, contain an embedded microprocessor which contains the information needed to use the card for payment, and is protected by various security features. Currently, EMV is the payment method of choice in Europe and other parts of the world. Those travelling abroad especially benefit from EMV given the adoption rates of retailers in many of the world’s top business and tourist destinations.

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Posted November 13th, 2014 No Comments
Voters Seek a Change in Leadership

Nebraska voters went to the polls on November 4th and cast their votes in multiple key races at the local, state, and federal levels.  Nebraska voters chose Ben Sasse for the open U.S. Senate seat, Pete Ricketts to be their next Governor, and the voters in Congressional District 2 chose Brad Ashford over incumbent Congressman Lee Terry.  Congressman-Elect Ashford will be the first Democrat elected to the seat since Democrat Congressman Peter Hoagland was defeated in 1994.  Congressmen Jeff Fortenberry of District 1 and Congressman Adrian Smith of District 3 were easily re-elected by voters in their respective districts.  In addition to the federal races, there were seventeen (17) open seats in the State Legislature, and several open seats in the Constitutional offices including Governor, Attorney General, and Auditor.

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Posted November 13th, 2014 No Comments
Free CUNA Best Practices Webinars Schedule

CUNA Strategic Services takes great pride in helping credit unions find answers to tough challenges. Register now for the free CUNA Best Practices webinars in November:

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Posted November 13th, 2014 No Comments
Thank you Capital Club Members 2014!

We give THANKS to these credit union professionals and volunteers for their generous contributions to our Nebraska PAC, NCUPAC and their membership in the 2014 Capitol Club!

Eagle Members

Steve Edgerton, Centris FCU

Peg Niedbalski, Columbus United FCU

Amy Brodersen, Family Focus FCU

Bob Stubbe, Family Focus FCU

Meredith Stohler, Family Focus FCU

Ronny Miller, Gallup FCU

Dee Schriner, Kearney FCU

Mary Anderson, Liberty First CU

Kevin Frenzel, Liberty First CU

Shawn Lang, Liberty First CU

Azala Jo Lewis, Liberty First CU

Dave Tagart, Liberty First CU

Jerry Barnett, LincOne FCU

Deb Meyer, MembersOwn CU

Brandon Luetkenhaus, NE Credit Union League

Scott Sullivan, NE Credit Union League

Stan Fraser, Nebraska Energy FCU

Cathy Day, Omaha FCU

Steve Johnson, Omaha FCU

Mary Johnson, Omaha Police FCU

Jarrod Frerichs, Peoples Choice FCU

Jim Cada, Peoples Choice FCU

Dale Springer, Peoples Choice FCU

Janet Anderson, U.P. Streamliner FCU

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Posted November 13th, 2014 No Comments
New OSCUI Web Site will Allow CUs to Research Vendors, Service Providers

To assist small credit unions with researching credit union vendors and service providers, NCUA’s Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives (OSCUI) will soon launch a service on its Web site.

Called the CUSP (Credit Union Service Providers), the resource aims to save time and cost for small credit unions looking to expand or maintain their services.

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Posted November 13th, 2014 No Comments
New Foundation Video Shows Value of DE Training

MADISON, Wis.The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) has released a new video about the Credit Union Development Education (DE) program highlighting the value of the training for attendees. The short video is comprised of attendee testimonials, staff insights and onsite footage of training activities.

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Kansas and Missouri Corporate Credit Unions Agree in Principle to Pursue Merger

Kansas Corporate Credit Union (KCCU) and Missouri Corporate Credit Union (MCCU) announced today that they have entered into an agreement in principle to pursue a merger.

“Based upon the changing landscape over the past few years, we believe an opportunity exists for a regional corporate that is focused on local member service and relationships,” said MCCU Chair Dave Osborn and KCCU Chair Bill Hauber in a joint statement. “The combined corporate will have a solid core membership base that will include capitalized members from eight different states. This merger will provide the ability to achieve even greater operating efficiencies and economies of scale to ensure continued competitiveness of our products and services.”

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It is always Gift Giving Season…and Here is A Gift for You

Offering Visa-branded gift cards is a great way to draw members into your lobby, which creates an opportunity to promote other products and services.

LSC® has an early holiday gift for your credit union! Sign up and order by November 1, 2014 and receive up to 50 holiday-themed cards, along with standard shipping for FREE.

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In FOCUS with Bill: Top 5 for Small Credit Unions

In this column, OSCUI Director Bill Myers offers insight to small, low-income, new and minority credit unions based on his role as Director and past experience in the credit union field.

Recently, the CUNA Small Credit Union Committee sent me a question, “What are the Top 5 for small credit unions to survive and thrive?” Cathy Morrison, a field examiner on assignment from Region I, sat down with me to compare notes.

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Posted November 12th, 2014 No Comments
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Posted October 21st, 2014 No Comments
Credit Unions Out Front In Calling For More Data Security

Earlier this year, our national trade association, the Credit Union National Association warned that

Target would not be the last merchant data breach and that has unfortunately proven true. Recent

reports indicate that financial institutions discovered consumer data available for sale on the black

market, and the data was traced to a breach at Home Depot. The reports also suggest the Home Depot

breach may be larger in scope than the Target breach. This latest data security breach demonstrates yet

again the need for data security requirements for merchants. {Read The Full Article}

Posted October 21st, 2014 No Comments
Wal-Mart Gets Into the Banking Business

After years of thwarted efforts to break into banking, Wal-mart, the nation’s largest retailer, is making its biggest foray yet into everyday financial services. Wednesday, Wal-Mart and prepaid card provider Green Dot launched GoBank, a mobile-first checking account that aims to serve the nation’s unbanked and under-banked. {Read The Full Article}

Posted October 21st, 2014 No Comments
ScoreCard® Rewards Dynamic Travel Program

CSCU has some exciting news! The ScoreCard Rewards travel program will be upgraded by the end of 2014! The former ScoreCard Rewards travel program has been going strong for more than 20 years. {Read The Full Article}

Posted October 21st, 2014 No Comments
NCUL 100 Million Memberships Campaign

This summer marked a momentous occasion for credit unions. We reached a significant milestone of 100 Million Memberships nationwide. To help build awareness for Nebraska member credit unions and to continue educating the community about the credit union difference as we all celebrate 100 Million Memberships, The League is excited to share our 100 MM campaign with you. {Read The Full Article}

Posted October 21st, 2014 No Comments
Ringing in the New Year with a focus on credit

It’s hard to believe that 2015 is right around the corner and 2014 holiday shopping comes to mind, along with all the credit card spending that accompanied those shopping sprees. If your members are like many consumers, they can get caught up in the moment and tend to overspend, then the realization comes when the billing statements start to arrive in the mail. {Read The Full Article}

Posted October 21st, 2014 No Comments
CUNA Mutual to Sell ProAg Crop Insurance Business

CUNA Mutual Group has reached an agreement to sell Producer’s Ag Insurance Group (ProAg), its crop insurance business, to HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015. {Read The Full Article}

Posted October 21st, 2014 No Comments
A Credit Union is only as healthy as its Members

It is now the law for most individuals to carry health insurance and credit union members will be seeking health insurance coverage through public or private exchanges during the upcoming enrollment period. {Read The Full Article}

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