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Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Andrew Vahrenkamp
Millennials should be the best borrowers for banks and credit unions, yet student loans are crippling their ability to borrow. Andrew Vahrenkamp from Raddon walks through what financial institutions can do to help boost this crucial borrowing segment.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Greg Ulankiewicz

November 24 is Small Business Saturday, so now is a good time to recognize the vital force of small businesses for our nation’s economy. Defined by the Small Business Administration (SBA) as having fewer than 500 paid employees, U.S. small businesses employ almost half (48 percent) of the civilian population. These 5.9 million non-sole-proprietorships also are responsible for 41 cents of every dollar earned by American workers. In essence, 40 percent of consumer spending power is a function of small business employment.

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Becky Summers

From 2009 through 2015, anticipated loan demand was on the decline, bottoming out at 19 percent. Since then, the demand has increased sharply. In 2017, 28 percent of consumers reported they anticipated opening a new loan in the next 12 months. Although demand for loans was down slightly in 2018 to 24 percent, it will remain high in the next 12 months. Financial institutions just need to know where to look for it.

Thursday, July 19, 2018
Greg Ulankiewicz

In June, Raddon hosted its quarterly workshops for participants in the Performance Analytics program.  These workshops provide a forum for financial services executives, senior leadership, managers and department personnel to discuss the latest industry issues and assess their organization’s performance through the program’s peer benchmarks, trend analysis and customer segmentation schemes. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018
Andrew Vahrenkamp

Eighteen months ago, we launched our new Raddon Research Insights program with a study entitled “Has the American Dream for Millennials Been Shattered?” 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Andrew Vahrenkamp

Free checking is dying.  Banks are reducing their branch networks, with 93% of the closures occurring in zip codes with below-average incomes.  Transitioning to digital channels is leaving those Americans without access to technology behind.  As we noted last year,

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Lynne Cornelison

I once heard someone say, big goals get big results, no goals get no results.  I’m paraphrasing, but the essence of the statement has always stuck with me, especially when researching Raddon’s recent publication, Effectively Serving the Hispanic Market

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Marcus Rothaar

Raddon recently wrapped up another round of workshops for participants in our Performance Analytics program. More than 1500 financial services executives attend these sessions each year to collaborate with peers and discuss strategies to improve performance.

Thursday, March 29, 2018
Andrew Vahrenkamp

The financial press has been fairly outspoken about rising rates.  Given the Fed’s persistence in raising the Fed Funds rate, we should expect this level of reporting, but has that concept filtered down to the American public?

In a recent Raddon study, Lending Insights: Loan Demand Rebounds but Challenges Persist, we find that yes, the borrowing public is aware of the rate environment and motivated as a result.

Thursday, February 8, 2018
Bill Handel

Early in 2017 we compiled our predictions for the upcoming year.  These were a mix of economic and industry predictions.  How accurate were these predictions? 
As it turns out, we were mostly on the mark in our predictions, at least in terms of direction if not always in magnitude.  Here is a review of our 2017 predictions and an assessment of the accuracy of each.

Thursday, February 1, 2018
Andrew Vahrenkamp
Declining overdraft income makes lower income households challenging to serve profitably. Andrew Vahrenkamp, Senior Research Analyst at Raddon, gives some ideas on how to serve these consumers effectively and efficiently.
Monday, January 22, 2018
Jan Trifts

Last week we published an article warning about pending changes in home equity lending due to the recently passed tax legislation.  In this article we wrote:

Thursday, January 18, 2018
Jan Trifts

Recent changes to the US tax code will affect homeowners with mortgage and home equity products in a number of ways. In this Raddon Report, we look at what has changed, who will be affected, the impact of the change on homeowners, and what institutions can do to market their mortgage and equity products in this new environment.

Thursday, January 11, 2018
Bill Handel

2017 proved to be a good year for the U.S. from an economic perspective and for the financial industry as well, with new record highs achieved in the stock market, much stronger GDP growth - especially in the second and third quarters, and continued improvement in real estate sales and values.  The industry showed continued improvement in earnings and also continued strong loan growth. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Jan Trifts

Anticipated loan demand is finally increasing after steadily falling since the financial crisis of 2007/2008.  Raddon’s 2017 national research indicates 28% of consumers anticipate opening a loan in the next 12 months.  This demand for loans has increased significantly from a low of 19% in 2015 and just 21% last year.  Home equities are among the products showing increasing demand.  The increase in demand is being fueled by rising home prices (up by one-third since 2009) and lower inventories of houses on the market. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017
Andrew Vahrenkamp

On a regular basis, experts of all sorts take to the media to chastise “the kids” for being immature and frivolous. To hear them tell it, Millennials are destroying the very fabric of civilization.  When not mocking them for participation ribbons (of which, as a Gen X kid, I have a vast collection), the experts are blaming Millennials for not saving enough, for spending uncontrollably, and for not adequately considering their future. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017
Greg Ulankiewicz

After years of sales and lending growth, the auto party looks to be winding down; and the auto arena as a whole appears rife for disruption, with potentially profound implications for financial institutions over the near, mid and long term. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Patrick Bator (Retired)

The home equity lending market has been a difficult one since the 2008 housing market correction. It has taken almost a decade for the market to show some signs of resurgence. Now, both lenders and borrowers are more optimistic about offering and using home equity credit products.

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Andrew Vahrenkamp

Eighty-four percent (84%) of American consumers own some type of credit card, according to our latest Raddon Research Insights study (Lending Insights: Promoting Growth in a Challenging Lending Environment).  It is the only loan product, besides student loans, that has not seen diminished usage since the Great Recession. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Greg Ulankiewicz

In March, Raddon held its quarterly seminars for participants in the Performance Analytics program – formerly known as CEO Strategies Group.  This program provides financial institutions with comprehensive analytics that measure performance across all areas of the organization and helps guide strategic initiatives.