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Economist on Effects of Coronavirus: “Comes like a freight train, but expect it to go away quickly”

Economist on Effects of Coronavirus: “Comes like a freight train, but expect it to go away quickly”

The traditional definition of a recession is two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth — but the worldwide shock of the Coronavirus has forced that model to stand on its head. According to economist Elliot Eisenberg, president of Graphs and Laughs, LLC, and wildly popular presenter at CU Direct’s annual conference over the last few…

Bulldog FCU Goes From “0-60” with Indirect Lending Success

What would your credit union do if you could start your indirect lending program from scratch? In February 2018, $167 million Bulldog Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Hagerstown, Maryland, got to answer that very question – and the clear choice was CU Direct and its CUDL indirect auto lending platform. Bulldog FCU was chartered on…

Economic and Lending Trends Webcast Recap: GDP Growth is Slowing, But No Recession In Sight

Economic and Lending Trends Webcast Recap: GDP Growth is Slowing, But No Recession In Sight

The U.S. economy posted huge growth numbers in 2018. Conditions have cooled a bit in 2019, but despite numerous predictions of a pending recession in recent weeks, there are signs pointing to continued economic growth, for at least the next 12 months. That was the prediction from Dr. Elliot Eisenberg, nationally acclaimed economist, who spoke…

How Excellence in Dealer Engagement Led BECU To a Record-Breaking Year

How Excellence in Dealer Engagement Led BECU To a Record-Breaking Year

As credit unions continue to increase their presence in the auto lending marketplace, dealer engagement only becomes more essential. A good working relationship with dealers, coupled with lending technology can increase opportunity for funding auto loans, which improves the credit union’s market presence and deepens their loan portfolio. CU Direct spoke to Boeing Employees Credit…

One Credit Union’s Approach to Excellence in Auto Lending

Auto lending is the backbone of credit unions’ loan portfolios. Credit unions continue to not only compete in the auto lending arena, but to outperform much of the marketplace, improving their market presence, and capturing more loans. With a strong, and growing position in the marketplace, credit unions need to lead with service as a…

The Auto Lending Road Is Wide Open For Credit Unions

The Auto Lending Road Is Wide Open For Credit Unions

Published in Auto Lending

We’ve seen the headlines reporting that auto sales are in decline and are expected to recede over the next couple of years.  At first glance, the news may seem unsettling.  As of July 31, new auto sales had fallen 7% from a year earlier to 1.42 million vehicles, according to Autodata Corp.  But, is there…

Six Essential Steps for Passing Your Next NCUA Examination

Six Essential Steps for Passing Your Next NCUA Examination

You want to pass your next NCUA exam with flying colors, but not sure where to begin? Here are six important steps that your credit union needs to follow to ensure that you are ready for the examiners when they show up on your doorstep. Start Preparing Early One of the biggest mistakes that I encounter…

Strength in Numbers:  Credit Unions Continue to Make Their Mark in the Auto Lending Arena

Strength in Numbers: Credit Unions Continue to Make Their Mark in the Auto Lending Arena

Published in Auto Lending

Credit unions continue to show their strength in the auto lending marketplace in 2016. With new car sales up 3%, 2016 is looking much like 2015 — a record year for the auto industry (with 17.5 million new vehicles sold) — with about 17.7 million projected new auto sales units by years end. Credit unions…

Credit Unions Continue to Make Gains in the Auto Lending Marketplace

Credit Unions Continue to Make Gains in the Auto Lending Marketplace

Published in Auto Lending, Lending

Credit union auto lending marketplace performance continues to shine through the mid-year point of 2015. With new car sales up 5%, 2015 is looking like a record year for the auto industry, with about 17.4 million projected new auto sales units by year’s end. Credit unions have been able to capitalize on the increase in…

Why is Credit Union Auto Loan Growth Up?

Why is Credit Union Auto Loan Growth Up?

I was recently asked during an interview what I thought credit unions were doing differently to account for credit union auto loan growth being on the rise. The question kind of caught me off guard and I didn’t have a ready answer. I do know that credit unions are becoming more data savvy — and I know…