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Thursday, June 18, 2020
Jan Trifts

More than any year in generations, 2020 has brought a wave of uncertainty to the marketplace. But it has also spurred an innovative, thoughtful response from businesses across industries – especially financial services. As banks and credit unions take on the strategic planning process in this watershed year, they do so with a new vision toward customer and member service, branch management and even disaster recovery. 

 

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Thursday, June 11, 2020
Jan Trifts

As the foundation of the financial services industry, banks and credit unions must continue to manage day-to-day operations but also keep an eye toward the future, as the world feels its way through life during and after COVID-19. With the industry changing before our eyes, strategic planning in 2020 is even more critical to financial institutions.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Greg Ulankiewicz

The economic impact of civic shutdowns, business closures and layoffs in response to combating the novel coronavirus places local banks and credit unions at the center of helping to preserve, if not salvage, the financial well-being of their communities.

On March 22, financial industry regulators released an interagency statement encouraging financial institutions to help borrowers and giving leeway on risk classification requirements for certain loan modifications amid COVID-19.

tiffany.nunez
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Jan Trifts

By: Jan Trifts and Marcy Scanlin, Strategic Advisors

As the financial strain of shelter-in-place mandates wears on consumers, Raddon experts expect to see two divergent consumer deposit behaviors that financial institutions will need to address soon. First, some consumers will be looking for liquidity as they need immediate access to their money for living expenses. Second, some will be looking for longer-term options as a flight to safety as financial markets fluctuate.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Bill Handel

The economic impact of COVID-19 becomes increasingly significant as the lockdown extends. In the past five weeks, 26.5 million people filed initial claims for unemployment. To put this into perspective, that is almost as many people as those filing for unemployment in all of 2018, 2019 and the first 11 weeks of 2020 combined – a total of 115 weeks.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Bill Handel

Although there are differing opinions and predictions about the long-term effects of COVID-19 on the economy, there is one undeniable truth: Right now, the consumer is in quite a state of concern. The focus and actions of financial institutions over the next several months – and perhaps longer – will be critical to our economic recovery process.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Jan Trifts

By:  Jan Trifts and Marcy Scanlin, Strategic Advisors

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, financial institutions are forced to shift priorities and protocols quickly as they protect the physical and financial health of their employees, customers and members.

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Thursday, April 9, 2020
Marcus Rothaar

As many small businesses struggle to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, financial institutions have an opportunity to step in and extend a lifeline to small business owners, many of whom are relying on their financial institutions to provide resources, insight and stability.

By proactively reaching out to small business owners, instituting provisions to provide them relief, and connecting them with local, state and federal programs, financial institutions can make a meaningful difference now and create long-term loyalty among small business accountholders.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Eric Wittekiend

By Eric Wittekiend and Rebecca Oeltjenbruns, Center for Practical Management

In the first quarter of a typical year, leaders face any number of changes in their organizations: acquisitions, reorganizations, new product launches, new management structure. But the COVID-19 pandemic has added a new level of organizational change, combined with unexpected stresses at home.

Managers are critical to helping employees handle the worry, stress and anxiety they may be experiencing so they can move on to acceptance and productive engagement. But how?

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Thursday, April 2, 2020
Karen Kislin

In the midst of “stay at home” mandates and social distancing strategies to limit the spread of COVID-19, leaders of financial services institutions are facing new management challenges.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Bill Jordan

As America adapts to upended social and professional norms due to COVID-19, many are anxious about a multitude of things, including their financial well-being. This is an opportunity for financial institutions to build trust, by reassuring customers, clients and members that their institution is both financially sound and ready to assist them in their day-to-day lives. 

Thursday, March 5, 2020
Bill Handel

2019 turned out to be a year of solid if not spectacular economic growth coupled with continuing challenges for our industry.  Earnings were stronger for many financial institutions even in the face of flat or even declining margins.  Loan loss experience was at historically low levels for many institutions, while others were beginning to see slight upticks in this area.  Challenges to non-interest income continue to be apparent as the younger generations find less value in historically strong contributors such as overdraft protection programs. 

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Becky Summers

Use targeted marketing to present the right offer to the right customers at the right time

Strong relationships are a significant strategic advantage as competition for customers and share of wallet increases. Fortunately for customer-focused financial institutions, those relationships can grow even stronger with data.

Thursday, February 20, 2020
Marcus Rothaar

When the Great Recession ended in June 2009, financial institutions and the consumers they serve were eager for brighter days, after living through a period of staggering unemployment, unprecedented decline in real estate values, record levels of foreclosures, and an implosion of automobile sales. While there have been 11 recessions since the end of World War II in 1945, none impacted the consumer or financial institutions as significantly as the 2007-08 financial crisis.

Thursday, February 6, 2020
Bill Handel

How did we do in our industry predictions for 2019?  Here are the predictions we offered up one year ago, along with an assessment of our foresight. Overall, our crystal ball was good, but with a few notable exceptions, which were due to the Federal Reserve’s reversal of its interest rate course.

Thursday, January 30, 2020
Bill Handel

One thing is certain: uncertainty

For credit unions, a major theme in 2020 will be how well they contend with uncertainty.

Ambiguity and insecurity will come from an evolving economic environment, emerging demographic concerns and nontraditional providers' entry into key product areas, including checking accounts by Google and credit cards from Apple. Contending effectively with uncertainty will become the hallmark of well-managed credit unions.

Here are three trends we're watching for credit unions:

Thursday, January 23, 2020
Andrew Vahrenkamp

More consumers are shopping for banking products online. Financial institutions that attract online shoppers have a lifetime of opportunity to gain.

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Becky Summers

Gathering intelligence is the first step in a successful campaign
 

Among the trends we saw in 2019, one theme was constant: The financial services industry is as competitive as ever. 

New technologies, channels and competitors continually disrupted the market, creating considerable noise for credit unions to break through. Nontraditional players forced credit unions to compete on multiple fronts – technology, lifestyle and branding – in addition to having competitive products and rates.

Thursday, January 9, 2020
Andrew Vahrenkamp

As Gen Z comes of age, financial institutions must adapt to capture business from these digital natives.

It’s no secret that Gen Z – roughly defined as those born in 2000 or after – are digital natives. Ninety-eight percent of Gen Z individuals use a mobile device at least once a day, and 60 percent of them use social media to help make purchasing decisions.

Thursday, December 12, 2019
Andrew Vahrenkamp

At the end of this year’s Raddon Conference, I had the unenviable task of synthesizing into a single digestible package all that we presented and shared over the three days. The following is my attempt to summarize this amazing event.