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Behind the Numbers

  • 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...
  • Behind the Numbers - May 3, 2019

    All Good on the Jobs Front - It is tough to find much negative in the April job report. Employers added 263,000 jobs during the month, far more than expected. The two-month revision of an additional...
  • Behind the Numbers - Apr 26, 2019

    First Look at First Quarter May Require a Second Look - All the doom and gloom about another weak first quarter was for naught, or at least at first glance. Much to everyone’s surprise, the U.S. economy grew 3.2 percent in the first...
  • Behind the Numbers - Apr 19, 2019

    The Tide is Turning - As we say in the South, if you do not like the weather, wait an hour or two and it will probably change. The same can be said for the bond market. For those who were unhappy with the plummet yields took last month, not to worry. The tide has turned...

Catalyst Connect

  • 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).
  • Catalyst Connect - Tuesday, May 7, 2019

    That's a Wrap! 2019 Annual Meeting Highlights: This year's Meeting of the Members has come to a close, with four members elected to Catalyst Corporate's Board of Directors. If you missed the meeting, a video recording is available, along with the 2018 Annual Report, Audited Financials and other related materials, under About Us / Due Diligence / Annual Meeting Materials.

    Member Survey Opens Next Week: Credit unions will receive an email from "Catalyst Surveys" on Monday, May 13, 2019, with the link to participate in this year’s Member Survey. This brief questionnaire takes less than five minutes to complete, and your feedback plays a vital role in helping optimize member service. Help us, help you!

    Forum Brochure Coming Soon to a Mailbox Near You: Catalyst Corporate will be dropping its 2019 Economic & Payments Forum brochure in the mail shortly! Keep an eye out for your copy to get an up-close look at this year's exciting speaker lineup, expert presentations, evening networking events and much more. Lastly, don't forget to add Forum to your calendar September 30-October 3, 2019.

    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) and ACH Origination Start to Finish Part 1 (June 5).
  • Catalyst Connect - Tuesday, April 30, 2019

    Chief Global Economist Examines Economic Impact of Housing: Could millennial student loan debt and rising construction costs position the U.S. housing market for the “perfect storm”? If so, what does this mean for the credit union industry and the economy as a whole? Chief Global Economist Bernard Baumohl will discuss today's housing landscape, future trends and more at the 2019 Economic & Payments Forum.

    2018 Annual Report Available Next Week: Catalyst Corporate is proud to share highlights and accomplishments from another successful year in its 2018 Annual Report, themed “A Framework for Success." The Annual Report and Audited Financials will be available at next week’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 7 at 10 a.m. Central Time and posted online the day before the Annual Meeting.

    Inverted Treasury Yield Curve. Is a Recession Next? A closely-monitored measure of the Treasury yield curve briefly inverted a few weeks ago. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell below the yield on the 3-month T-bill, unsettling equity investors worried about a potential recession. Here's what you need to know

    Upcoming Events and Training: Corporate Checking & Positive Pay (May 1), TranzCapture Settings & Reports (May 8), Quick Tip Webinar: TranZact Reports (May 15) and CUBG's Business Lending Bootcamp (Portland, OR, June 4-5).
  • Catalyst Connect - April 23, 2019

    Check Capture Breaks Top 5...and Other Mobile Banking Trends: Advanced analytics help credit unions interpret current data as well as better forecast future trends and behaviors. Beyond integrated analytics that measure feature usage, Catalyst Corporate's Digital Suite users can also access digital channel summary statistics.

    5 Tips for Filling that Open Position: From time to time, members ask Catalyst Corporate where and how we find our employees. Of course, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to hiring quality employees, but here are a few tips our HR team has picked up along the way.

    Annual Meeting Just Around the Corner: Catalyst Corporate will hold its 2019 Annual Meeting of the Members on Tuesday, May 7, at 10 a.m. Central Time at the corporate headquarters, 6801 Parkwood Boulevard in Plano, Texas. Hope to see you there!

    Upcoming Events and Training: Deposit Chek Practical Application (April 24), Corporate Checking & Positive Pay (May 1), TranzCapture Settings & Reports (May 8) and Quick Tip Webinar: TranZact Reports (May 15).