2018 was a banner year for credit unions…but will a recession follow soon? Credit unions recorded a stellar performance in the first nine months of 2018, adding more than 4.2 million new members, the fastest pace in credit union history. Rising demand for loans driven by the low unemployment rate and strong economic growth underline […]

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If the recession hit tomorrow, would your organization be ready? While this may be a scary thought, rather than panicking or ignoring the issue, you should focus on proactively seizing opportunities today to ensure the success of your credit union and your members in the future. John Dearing, Managing Director at Capstone, discusses this important […]

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Fintech startups are disrupting traditional financial institutions as consumers rely more and more on technology for everyday activities, including banking. Robust M&A activity is expected to continue in this space. It’s not only banks and credit unions that are acquiring or investing in fintechs, established technology firms like Amazon are snapping up these startups in […]

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How can you take your CUSO’s growth to the next level? Proactively consider strategic M&A, joint ventures, investments, and partnerships. Last week Capstone Managing Director John Dearing escaped the wintry weather in Washington, DC to speak on this topic at the Annual CUSO Conference hosted by CU Conferences on December 12 in St. Petersburg, Florida. […]

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On November 27 and 28, Capstone Vice President Matt Craft attended VentureTech in Dallas, Texas. The event brought together 11 different startups from the fintech space with investors from the credit union and CUSO space.  These startups offered a wide range of products and services including, onboarding solutions to encourage new credit union members to sign up for products and services, […]

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Millennials have surpassed baby boomers and now account for roughly 80 million people in the US. More importantly, millennials have massive buying power, spending roughly $600 billion per year, which is projected to reach $1.4 trillion by 2020, and will comprise 75% of the global workforce by 2025. In contrast, the average age of credit […]

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Private equity is creeping into the role typically taken on by traditional financial institutions like credit unions and banks: business lending. The Wall Street Journal estimates PE firms loans to midsized business jumped from $300 billion in 2012 to over $500 billion in 2017 and this trend is expected to continue. Private equity firms, like […]

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Last week John Dearing, Capstone’s Managing Director, attended the 2018 Analytics and Financial Innovation (AXFI) Conference in Minneapolis. Here are few of John’s observations from AXFI: Data used the right way for decision-making and segmenting can help an organization be more successful, especially when it is marketing to and trying to retain members There is […]

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“Fintech” is a buzzword everyone is hearing today, but what does it really mean and how does it impact your organization? Kirk Drake CEO of Ongoing Operations and CU 2.0 and John Dearing, Managing Director of Capstone recently discussed these questions in a webinar. “Fintech is nontraditional services that are financial in nature provided by […]

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Are you planning to sell or buy ownership units in a CUSO? Are you making an initial offering for a new CUSO? Are you an existing company that intends to become a CUSO by selling ownership units? Will your CUSO buy a business or merge with another CUSO? If any of these situations applies to […]

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In the past, traditional tactics may have worked, but the industry is evolving, and credit unions must innovate to succeed. In a low-interest rate environment, one of the areas of concern is how to generate non-interest income. Forward-thinking credit unions are developing new strategies to generate non-interest income while adding value to members. Embracing the […]

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Some may be afraid to try new strategies for growth, but you must take chances to succeed. Although embarking on the unknown can be frightening, in a way, not taking any action is a choice that can come with equally scary consequences: losing out to competitors, failing to fulfill members’ needs, or becoming obsolete. Fortunately, […]

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Following the success of his presentation, at the New Jersey Credit Union League Convention, John Dearing, Capstone’s Managing Director, has been invited to present a webinar with the NJCUL on December 7. At the Convention in October, John discussed proactive growth strategies for credit unions as well as tips for success. Last week John and […]

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Innovate, Collaborate, Succeed! The theme for the New Jersey Credit Union League’s (NJCUL) 83rd Annual Meeting & Convention could not be more exciting or more closely aligned with Capstone’s values of helping organizations’ grow. John Dearing, Capstone Managing Director was invited to speak at the NJCUL Convention on October 23 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. His […]

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Capstone will help NWCUA members develop and implement growth strategies Capstone is pleased to announce a partnership with the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) and its wholly owned subsidiary Strategic Link. Through the partnership more than 180 Northwest credit unions have a new resource available to help them determine growth strategies, including collaborations, joint ventures, […]

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Capstone Managing Director John Dearing delivered the presentation “Leapfrog the Product/Service Development Cycle” at the Credit Union Products and Services Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico on September 16, 2017. The event, hosted by CU Conferences, brought together board of directors, board chairs, CEOs, and senior management to explore various products and services to meet […]

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Do you have a strong strategy? A robust plan of action can be the difference between success and failure for your credit union. In order to thrive in today’s environment, credit unions must go beyond “business as usual” and consider outside perspectives to growth. Learn how to develop innovative ideas you can begin implementing at […]

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In the last three to four years, credit unions have taken a heightened interest in growing noninterest income due to a combination of factors. As interest income dwindles, credit unions need to offset additional expenses such as compliance. Over the past decade, we’ve seen a massive influx of noncredit union centric people coming into the […]

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Credit unions today face many challenges to generating new loans, from regulations, community banks, and new startups and peer to peer lending. At the same time, this new competitive market provides opportunities for those who are willing to act. External growth, including partnerships, investments in CUSOs, and strategic acquisitions, provide a unique way to rapidly […]

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In today’s rapidly changing environment where regulations are evolving, new technology and competitors are challenging traditional models, and members are demanding more from their financial institutions, many credit unions are realizing they must expand beyond business as usual to keep up with demand. Credit unions are increasingly executing strategic acquisitions, partnerships, collaborations, and investments in […]

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