CUNA Pressing Economic Issues Series

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CUNA’s economists are the most reliable source of up-to-date information on the economic issues facing credit unions. In this fast-changing environment, get commentary and data on the most pressing topics delivered right to you.


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The Pressing Economic Issues Series provides 30-minute monthly updates on:

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Hear the sought-after perspectives of:

Bill Hampel is the senior vice president of research and policy analysis and chief economist for the Credit Union National Association. Additionally, Bill writes economic analysis columns that appear in several credit union publications. An expert on the economy and credit union issues, he is regularly interviewed by the media for stories appearing on national news outlets.

Mike Schenk is vice president of economics and statistics for the Credit Union National Association. He conducts economic and financial research and provides support for CUNA's governmental affairs and public relations efforts. Mike is an expert on the economy and credit union issues with more than 25 years' experience in the financial services industry.

Steve Rick is a senior economist for Credit Union National Association. He conducts economic research, teaches at various credit union schools and conferences, and writes articles for CUNA publications. Steve facilitates strategic planning sessions for credit union boards and has authored a textbook on asset-liability management. Steve is also a faculty member of the economics department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Title: Earnings

Access Available: February 15-March 15
Cost $99
Bill Hampel

In this month’s program CUNA’s Chief Economist, Bill Hampel, looks at credit union earnings: what factors go into determining the bottom line of a credit union, your net income, or your return on assets. The last several years have been really rocky for credit union earnings. In this program, Hampel examines the long-term trends that developed in credit union earnings historically. Then he explores what happened in the Great Recession more specifically, what caused net income to fall so dramatically and how it has recovered since then. Finally, he previews some of the factors that will be driving earnings for the rest of this decade.


Title: The State of the U.S. Economy

Access Available: January 15 – February 15
Cost $99
Steve Rick

In this month’s program senior economist Steve Rick will look at the ramifications of the recent “Fiscal Cliff” agreement, the state of the U.S. economy, and what we expect to see regarding credit union loan and savings growth in 2013. On the plus side, the permanent extension of the Bush-era tax cuts will eliminate the future tax uncertainty that engulfed households and small businesses during the recent past. On the minus side, the return of payroll tax rates to former levels may prompt members to lower their savings rate, rather than lower their spending levels. Because of this, credit unions may see lower savings growth than they might have had the payroll tax cut been extended another year. All of this and more in this month’s program.