The rate tide is rising: 10 things to consider

10 things to consider doing in response.

As a seafarer, I pay a great deal of attention to tides. Just as tides rise and fall, so does the economy. Both move so gradually that, unless you force yourself, you won’t notice until they become a potential problem.

As a member of the Federal Reserve Bank St. Louis Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council in 2011 and 2012, I know the Fed wants to recover its ability to stimulate the economy by lowering rates. To do so, rates must increase. Last month the Fed raised its benchmark rate to 0.75 to 1.0 percent. What is unknown is how much the rate will increase going forward.

I led a credit union through many interest rate cycles. Here are 10 ideas to take advantage—or mitigate the effects—of higher rates.

1.  Loan Demand. During an expansion, loan demand increases. Can your CU fund loan growth of 20 percent?

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