Insights from Catalyst

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  • Inflation, Deflation, Disinflation…Now Stagflation?

    September 14, 2021 | Frank Lugo

    The first three terms above are probably familiar, but stagflation may be new to some. The word, which merges stagnation and inflation, originated in the hyper-inflationary days of the 1970s. However, this term has been popping up more frequently in recent news. What does it mean and how should we prepare for the possibility of its arrival?
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  • Have Credit Unions Adjusted Short-Term Funding Enough to Offset Lower Interest Rates?

    August 31, 2021 | Casey Peterson

    Lower gross asset yields, due to sluggish loan activity, and a prolonged low interest rate environment add up to downward pressure on credit union net worth and net interest margins. The current outlook on short-term interest rates is that they’ll likely remain low for an extended period, while loan portfolio growth is expected to slowly improve. So, what does that mean for the now?
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  • Is Email the Achilles Heel in Your Wire Fraud Prevention Plan?

    August 16, 2021 | Justin Lutes, AAP, NCP

    In Greek mythology, Achilles was the greatest of all Greek warriors. But despite his overall strength, one small, unprotected area on his heel led to his ultimate downfall. As warriors against fraud, credit unions vigilantly establish safeguards to protect their institutions, but one small vulnerability – email – can be the Achilles heel that cripples financially and reputationally.
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  • Developing Dynamic IRR Strategies at Your CU

    July 23, 2021 | Loren Blake

    The recent shifts in the economy and interest rates during the pandemic have impacted credit unions in several distinct ways. As more changes are likely to follow, how can institutions prepare for the potential impacts to their interest rate risk profile?
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  • The Best Way to Fight Fraud is to Prevent Fraud

    July 19, 2021 | Karen Coble

    I am a fan of infographics. Perhaps you are, too. So I was pleased when I came across a recent infographic from Catalyst Corporate’s newest service provider – Advanced Fraud Solutions (AFS). The helpful infographic highlights preventive measures members can take to avoid a recent trend – stimulus check fraud.
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