Credit Union Guidelines for Merger Proposals

Has your board of directors developed a former merger policy or guidelines for considering a merger? If you answered “no”, you’re not alone. According to a study conducted by CEO Advisory Group, an overwhelming majority of boards do… Read More

M&A Trends in 2021

Exclusive Webinar for Credit Union Executives Following a lackluster year for mergers and acquisitions, the market is anticipated to heat up as consumer behavior evolves, economic conditions improve post-COVID-19, and the regulatory environment continues to change. Credit unions… Read More

Open Doors To Capital With Subordinated Debt

Regulatory Capital Strategy The NCUA’s upcoming final rule will relax the restrictions on credit unions’ eligibility to issue subordinated debt. Previously, the issuance of subordinated debt was restricted to low income designated credit unions. Subordinated debt can be… Read More

Mergers Dismissed Without Consideration

When a credit union is faced with a merger, it’s also faced with the ability to strategically align itself against competing for financial institutions. Mergers enable credit unions to incorporate the best technologies for both their employees and… Read More

Important Factors in Assessing a CU Merger

Evaluating a Credit Union Merger

Credit union mergers have become increasingly more common. From the 23,000 credit unions that existed at their peak in 1969 to the 5,200 credit unions that existed as of 2020, the industry has seen a lot of shift…. Read More

The Value of a Structured Merger Process

Would a Merger Risk Your Control, Quality, and Culture — or Boost Your Market Position? For some, mergers are an exciting opportunity for growth. For others, it means a loss of control, quality and culture.  Yet, in almost… Read More

The Anatomy of an Ideal Credit Union Merger Partner

Characteristics of Favorable Merger Partners

Credit union mergers and acquisitions have been on the rise for several years. In fact, credit unions have been merging at the rate of 2.9 percent per year since the industry reached its peak in 1969 with nearly… Read More

Credit Union-Bank Merger Considerations

Bank - Credit Union Merger

2017 saw a total of 7 credit union-buying-bank deals announced, with one being terminated. As of March 22, 2018, there have already been four deals of the same nature announced. More and more of the smaller community bank… Read More

Top Financial Industry Performers Win with Intelligence

Customer Centricity

The onslaught of fintech on traditional financial institutions (FIs) continues at a dizzying rate.  In Q1 of 2017 alone, $2.7B was invested in 226 deals.  Those fintech firms creating significant disruption in the financial sector have built their… Read More

Every Credit Union Needs A Growth Plan

Growth — It’s a word synonymous with success for most businesses. In the credit union world, however, growth isn’t necessarily as cut-and-dry as building a bigger balance sheet. In today’s competitive marketplace, financial institutions are often considered successful when… Read More

5 Steps To Merger Success

5 Steps To A Successful Credit Union Merger

As a credit union leader, you should always have your eye on the competition. In today’s aggressive market, it’s not always just about making your credit union better than the rest; knowing who your greatest competitors are can… Read More

Considerations for Adding a Merger to Your Credit Union’s Growth Strategy

Adding a Merger to Your Credit Union’s Growth Strategy

In the credit union industry, size matters. Mergers offer credit unions a strategic opportunity to gain a competitive advantage through growth. Credit union mergers and acquisitions have been on the rise for several years. In 1969, there were… Read More

Mergers: A Key Topic for Director Education

Credit Union Board of Directors - Merger Education

It seems mergers are always a topic of discussion in the credit union world these days. Interestingly enough, however, despite the constant conversation around the topic, many credit union leaders are unprepared when they’re actually face-to-face with decisions… Read More

Millennials Are Key To Credit Union Growth

Millennials and Credit Unions

Millennials, that tenacious generation born during the late 80’s and through the 2000’s, are the driving force behind a significant upsurge in credit union growth. According to a study conducted by the TransUnion, the percentage number of millennials… Read More

The Big Get Bigger

Big Bigger

In a tumultuous digital financial landscape, today’s credit unions are better positioned than ever before. Memberships are on the rise as more and more individuals seek alternatives to the traditional, monolithic banking institutions of the past. Credit unions… Read More

7 Teams For Your Credit Union Merger

Credit Union Merger Teams

The credit union merger process is relatively complex and needs careful management to ensure a successful outcome. Apart from the merger team that oversees the entire process, a number of subsidiary teams are needed, each handling a different… Read More

As an Acquiring Credit Union Who Should Be On Your Merger Team?

Credit Union Merger Team

The process of merging credit unions must be carefully managed to ensure the combined credit union is financially stronger and that it benefits all members. It’s essential the credit unions are a good fit, that there is agreement… Read More

7 Elements of a Strategic Growth Plan

7 elements of a strategic growth plan

Strategic organizational growth doesn’t happen by accident, or without plenty of care and nurturing. This is especially true with credit unions, where members benefit from growth, not third-party stockholders. Creating an intentional and forward-thinking strategic growth plan is… Read More