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The importance of women in the workforce

The importance of women in the workforce

Women comprise a significant segment of the workforce. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women share 46.8% of the total labor force in the United States. So, what does that mean [...]

Homebuying myths revealed

Homebuying myths revealed

Sometimes, the housing market can feel like a jungle. Some of you have been on the hunt for months, searching through a forest of homes that hopefully are within your budget, but nothing has really [...]

3 payment trends to watch

3 payment trends to watch

Mobility or Death It’s no secret that mobile technology is at the forefront of every recent and up-and-coming innovation. According to Pew Research Center, in 2015, approximately nine out of 10 Americans owned a [...]

4 things consumers expect from a payments system

4 things consumers expect from a payments system

Consumers are empowered to do almost everything themselves online or via mobile—from comparing prices to checking in at the airport. Where there’s a will, consumers want a way, and that includes procuring their [...]

Meeting consumer self-service payment demand

Meeting consumer self-service payment demand

Members have very high expectations when it comes to the capabilities that their financial institutions offer. From sleek, user-friendly online banking platforms to convenient mobile applications, a lot has changed in the payments industry over [...]

When not in doubt, doubt

When not in doubt, doubt

The great French philosopher, Voltaire, once said, “Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.” I may get that tenet tattooed on my forearm! I was certain that, if Donald Trump won the [...]

No prizes for halftime scores

No prizes for halftime scores

Last November, I submitted my predictions for 2016 in a piece titled “Looks Like Lower and Flatter for 2016.” By “lower and flatter,” I was referring to longer-term U.S. interest rates and the yield [...]

The sales presentation begins at ‘Hello’

The sales presentation begins at ‘Hello’

In this hi-tech, digital age, we tend to lose the "art" of conversation with our customers. Customers are the lifeblood of a business, so building a strong rapport with them is imperative to the success [...]

Credit unions exemplifying the holiday spirit

Credit unions exemplifying the holiday spirit

When the people helping people philosophy of credit unions collides with the holiday spirit of giving, it is a beautiful thing. As an active member of the credit union community, I have the privilege of [...]

Will the battle be joined?

Will the battle be joined?

In 1993, President Bill Clinton came into office planning a large fiscal spending program that centered on education and infrastructure spending, coupled with a middle-class tax cut. Unfortunately for the new president, the Federal Reserve ([...]