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Behind the Numbers

  • Behind the Numbers - Jun 14, 2019

    Inflation Remains Low - Inflation appears to be heading lower. For the second month in a row, both PPI and CPI came in below expectations and lower than the prior month. Coincidentally, the headline...
  • Behind the Numbers - Jun 7, 2019

    Comfort and the Fed - Sometimes all you need is a few words of comfort to know someone is on your side. For the financial markets, those words came from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. In the ...
  • Behind the Numbers - May 31, 2019

    Reverting to Curve Inversion - If you thought yields were low last week, think again. Treasury yields fell off a cliff this week. Notable changes include the two-year Treasury yield dipping below two percent for...
  • Behind the Numbers - May 17, 2019

    All About Trade...Again - The ongoing trade dispute with China continues to make headlines and move markets. After last week’s surprise announcement of an increase in tariffs on $200 billion of...
  • Behind the Numbers - May 10, 2019

    Where Did Inflation Go? - If you are looking for a sign of inflation, April was not the month to find it. The April wholesale and consumer price indices came in below expectations. Headline CPI rose 0.3...

Catalyst Connect

  • Catalyst Connect - Tuesday, June 11, 2019

    Jay Novacek will be Featured Guest at Economic & Payments Forum: Former Dallas Cowboy and five-time pro-bowler Jay Novacek will be the featured guest at Catalyst Corporate’s Monday Night Football Fan Extravaganza the first evening of its 2019 Economic & Payments Forum. The Forum is set for Sept. 30-Oct. 3 at the Omni Hotel, adjacent to the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters in Frisco, Texas.

    Reminder: Contingency Communications Exercise Tomorrow! Help us keep the lines of communication open in the event of a broad system disruption. Ensure your credit union is receiving critical notifications by participating in Catalyst Corporate’s semiannual Contingency Communications Exercise tomorrow, June 12 at 10 a.m. Central Time. And, don’t forget to update your Contingency Communications contacts in TranZact if needed.

    Effective Risk Taking 101: Steven Houle, Catalyst Strategic Solutions Vice President of Advisory Services, discussed risk communication, governance roles, risk appetite and more at this year's CUNA Finance Council Conference in New York, NY. Check out the highlights and key takeaways from his presentation, Risk Governance – How to Achieve Effective Risk Taking.

    Upcoming Events and Training: ACH Origination Start to Finish Part 2 (June 12), ACH Origination with Catalyst (June 19), CUBG's Advanced Tax Return and Financial Statement Analysis (Plano, TX, June 25-26) and Quick Tip Webinar: TranZact Updates & Tips (July 10).
  • Catalyst Connect - Tuesday, June 4, 2019

    Market Volatility, Auto Loan Trends and the Latest from the Federal Reserve: Curt Long, NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research, discusses some of the credit union industry’s most pressing economic topics and shares valuable insight from his recent collaboration with the Fed. Check out the latest Speaker Spotlight for a sneak peek at his Economic & Payments Forum presentation this fall!

    Last Call: Member Survey Closes Tomorrow! The 2019 Member Survey will close at midnight on Wednesday, June 5. Catalyst Corporate would like to thank each member who participated in this year's survey – your input plays a vital role in helping shape the future. If you haven't had a chance to submit your response, it's not too late! Please take five minutes to share your invaluable feedback with us.  

    Economic & Payments Forum Brochure Now Available: The 2019 Economic & Payments Forum brochures are in the mail and on the way to members! Check out the star-stacked speaker lineup, daily agendas, session details, networking events and much more. As always, you can access a digital copy on the Catalyst Corporate website 24/7. Don't miss an "out-of-this-world" event. Find out what we have in store this year!

    Mark Your Calendar...Contingency Communications Exercise Next Week: To ensure your credit union receives critical communications in the event of a broad system disruption, Catalyst Corporate will perform its semiannual Contingency Communications Exercise on Wednesday, June 12 at 10 a.m. Central Time. Please be sure to update your Contingency Communications contacts in TranZact. 

    Upcoming Events and Training: ACH Origination Start to Finish Part 1 (June 5), ACH Origination Start to Finish Part 2 (June 12), ACH Origination with Catalyst (June 19) and CUBG's Advanced Tax Return and Financial Statement Analysis (Plano, TX, June 25-26).
  • Catalyst Connect - May 28, 2019

    3...2...1... Blastoff! Economic & Payments Forum Registration Now Open: 
    Join Catalyst Corporate for 3-1/2 days of cutting-edge presentations, a star-stacked speaker lineup and winning networking opportunities at the 2019 Economic & Payments Forum. Former astronaut Harrison Schmitt will share tales from the surface of the moon AND attendees will have an opportunity to meet former Dallas Cowboys tight end, Jay Novacek. It's sure to be an "out-of-this-world" event you don't want to miss – take advantage of the early bird pricing and register today!

    2019 Q2 SCAN Hot Off the Press: Check out the latest activity affecting credit unions in this issue of SCAN. Catalyst Corporate addresses the inverted Treasury yield curve, the faster payments initiative, the housing market and more! Your copy of the newsletter should be arriving in the mail soon. And, as always, you can access a digital version on our website under Communications/Newsletters/SCAN.

    Delivering Economic Insights with a Side of Creativity: Terry Young, Catalyst Corporate's Vice President of Communications & Marketing has spent the last 20 years connecting credit union leaders to the emerging financial landscape via an annual economic forum. But, making a "love connection" with the economy can present challenges! Check out this week's blog post as he shares the importance of "coloring outside the lines" and this year's plans for doing just that – literally. 

    Member Survey Reminder: Don't forget to complete your 2019 Catalyst Corporate Member Survey! This is the best opportunity all year to provide your feedback so Catalyst Corporate can better serve you and all its members. Did we mention, it only takes five minutes to complete? We want to hear from you – please submit your response! 

    Upcoming Events and Training: CUBG's Business Lending Bootcamp (Portland, OR, June 4-5), ACH Origination Start to Finish Part 1 (June 5), ACH Origination Start to Finish Part 2 (June 12) and ACH Origination with Catalyst (June 19). 

  • Catalyst Connect - Tuesday, May 21, 2019

    Full Economic & Payments Forum Lineup Announced: Well-regarded economists – together with credit union and fintech thought leaders – make the 2019 Economic & Payments Forum a must-attend event. This year’s speaker lineup includes Nacha President & CEO, Jane Larimer; Finastra VP of Digital Community Markets, Allan Brown; Credit Union 2.0 Founder, Kirk Drake; Bestselling Author and Demographic Implications Expert, Kelly McDonald and many more!  

    First Quarter 2019 Progress Summary Now Available: For a snapshot of Catalyst Corporate's performance year to date, a concise Progress Summary has been compiled. This quarterly report, which offers information about membership growth and key performance ratios, may be useful for sharing with credit union boards of directors and other volunteers.

    Windows 7 End of Life: Microsoft has set a Windows 7 End of Life date for Jan. 14, 2020. This means Microsoft will no longer release updates or patches for that operating system. As a result, effective Jan. 1, 2020, Catalyst Corporate will no longer support the Windows 7 operating system on its services, specifically for its TranZact or TranzCapture services.

    Upcoming Events and Training: CUBG's Business Lending Bootcamp (Portland, OR, June 4-5), ACH Origination Start to Finish Part 1 (June 5), ACH Origination Start to Finish Part 2 (June 12) and ACH Origination with Catalyst (June 19).
  • Catalyst Connect - Tuesday, May 14, 2019

    The Cost of Losing a Member: Membership acquisition costs, and the significant impact they have on a credit union’s bottom line, is often a popular topic of discussion within the industry. But what if the focus was on member retention, rather than member acquisition? Guest blogger and On the Mark Strategies CEO Mark Arnold sheds light on the cost of losing a member and why it's important for credit unions to make retention a strategic priority. 

    On a Scale From 1 to 10...Member Survey Now Open: You should have received an email from "Catalyst Surveys" yesterday (May 13) with the link to participate in this year’s Member Survey. By taking this brief questionnaire, credit unions help Catalyst Corporate gauge member opinion in areas such as financial performance, service and value – and it only takes a few minutes! Help us, help you and submit feedback by June 4.

    Fannie Mae DUS Bonds: A Viable Addition to Your Portfolio? Credit unions are looking to enhance yield, while managing risks like prepayments, calls, credit, reinvestment and convexity concerns? Federal National Mortgage Association’s (FNMA) Delegated Underwriting and Servicing (DUS) bonds could be an attractive investment solution.

    Upcoming Events and Training: TranzCapture Settings & Reports (May 8), Quick Tip Webinar: TranZact Reports (May 15), CUBG's Business Lending Bootcamp (Portland, OR, June 4-5), ACH Origination Start to Finish Part 1 (June 5) and ACH Origination Start to Finish Part 2 (June 12).