New CUNA Economic Update offers 2017 forecast

WASHINGTON, DC (December 21, 2016) — The December 2016 edition of the CUNA Economic Update is now available. Hosted by CUNA Senior Economist Perc Pineda and sponsored by CUNA CFO Council, this month’s installment offers a preliminary economic forecast for 2017, with a focus on the fiscal impact for the credit union industry.

“As we expected, this year amounted to a strong year of growth and operational performance for credit unions. So now the question is: What can we expect for next year as interest rates start moving away from historic lows?” said Pineda. “In this update, we delve into our projections for 2017, while highlighting the main economic indicators that credit unions need to watch for.”

During the update, Pineda unpacks important developments and current trends in key economic areas, including unemployment, interest rates and GDP growth, to determine the fiscal prospects for credit unions in 2017. The economy’s impact on credit union operating results, such as mortgage and auto loan growth, is also discussed.

In addition to forecasting for next year, the update includes a review of the latest economic data for 2016.

To view the update, visit

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