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Catalyst Corporate’s weekly member newsletter addresses issues of interest to credit unions and provides important updates about Catalyst Corporate services and programs. Articles from recent issues are available by clicking on the titles below.


Catalyst Connect – April 25, 2017     



Catalyst Connect – April 18, 2017     

    Making the Most of Mobile: If you believe mobile services and millennials are important to the future of our industry, we’ve got to do a better job of learning their language, StrategyCorps' Dave DeFazio told a credit union audience last week. How can we do better? He shared a few ideas…

    Siems Joins Forum Lineup: Federal Reserve economist and storyteller Thomas Siems joins the list of presenters at Catalyst Corporate’s 40th annual Economic Forum, set for Oct 2-4 at the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Las Colinas.

    Manage Interest Rate Risk with Derivatives: Hedging risk with derivatives is uncharted territory for many credit unions. Find out how they work, how to make them part of your ALM framework and what NCUA guidance says about them at an upcoming webinar.

    Training Opportunities: Corporate Checking & Positive Pay (April 19), Lessons from the World’s Mobile Experience Leaders (April 28) and CUBG’s Commercial Real Estate Lending for Credit Unions  (Portland, OR, May 2-3).



Catalyst Connect – April 11, 2017     



Catalyst Connect – April 4, 2017     

    Cut Fraud with CardNav: Card fraud remains a big concern for many credit union members. Catalyst Corporate's Card Services program protects members from fraudulent activity with CardNav – a service giving debit and ATM cardholders the ability to turn on and off their cards, set controls and receive alerts.

    Insights from Catalyst: Stress. It’s just one syllable, but it could have a disastrous effect on one’s mind, body and soul. A stressed balance sheet could be just as detrimental to a credit union and its members. See the important role liquidity stress testing plays. Check out Catalyst Corporate's new blog – Insights from Catalyst.

    ALM Services Take Center Stage: Sit back and enjoy the show! Watch Catalyst Strategic Solutions' four new videos (look for the film icon under "Resources" at the bottom of the page) to learn what your peers are saying about ALM services.

    Upcoming Education and Training: Student Loan Program Overview (April 6), TranZact Basics for the User (April 12), Corporate Checking & Positive Pay (April 19) and CUBG’s Commercial Real Estate Lending for Credit Unions  (Portland, OR, May 2-3).



Catalyst Connect – March 28, 2017     



Catalyst Connect – March 21, 2017     



Catalyst Connect – March 14, 2017     



Catalyst Connect – March 7, 2017     

    Timeless Conundrum? Modern Solution: Checking accounts aren’t what they used to be – and that could be good for credit unions. Read how Catalyst Corporate's Checking with Benefits offers a solution to the declining financial productivity of checking accounts.

    Your Source for Everything ACH: Have questions about Phase 2 of Same-Day ACH? Want to register for Catalyst Corporate's ACH webinar series? Check out the latest ACH Advisor and stay in-the-know about all things ACH.

    Lock Down Information Security: Credit unions often lack the internal resources to manage ongoing information security. Digital Defense, Inc., Catalyst Corporate's partner for information security, works with more than 800 credit unions to identify vulnerabilities that open the door to cyber-criminals and hacktivists. See how DDI recently helped one credit union bolster its data protection efforts.

    March Training Opportunities: TranZact for the Accounting Department (March 8), Cash Services (March 15), CUBG’s Business Lending Bootcamp (March 21-22) and ACH Rules – Returns & Exception Processing (March 22).



Catalyst Connect – February 28, 2017     



Catalyst Connect – February 21, 2017     



Catalyst Connect – February 14, 2017     



Catalyst Connect – February 7, 2017     

    Differentiation is Key to Mobile Banking: Differentiation may be one reason 15 percent of banks and credit unions with mobile banking apps changed vendors in 2016, 2015 and 2014. See how Catalyst Corporate is helping credit unions stay on top of mobile banking trends and technology.

    Howdy, Partner: Catalyst Corporate values partner relationships with CUSOs that provide high-quality training and educational opportunities. CU Business Group is one CUSO that offers year-round learning opportunities for credit union staff, including its upcoming Business Lending Bootcamp.

    The Future of Freddie and Fannie: While the new administration may bring change to housing finance reform, no one knows what that will look like. Dan Abdill, Senior Investment Officer for Catalyst Corporate, explains what the future could hold for the housing finance market.

    Upcoming Educational Opportunities: TranZact Administration (February 8), Share Drafts (February 15), ACH Rules – The Basics (February 22) and TranZact for the Accounting Department (March 8).



Catalyst Connect – January 31, 2017     

    Benefit from a Brokerage Account: Credit unions have unique needs, and having a brokerage partner who understands these needs is refreshing. Catalyst Corporate, in partnership with credit union-owned CU Investment Solutions (ISI), delivers customized portfolio strategies through its experienced team of registered representatives.

    Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Catalyst Corporate’s experts have a lot to say, and they’re using the CU Resources blog to spread those messages. Read their guest-blog posts, published the last Thursday of each month since August 2016.

    Calling All Executives: Catalyst Corporate's brief Quarterly CU Confidence Survey closes TONIGHT (January 31) at midnight. Through your answers, the survey measures the attitudes of credit union CEOs nationwide regarding the economic environment.

    Upcoming Training Opportunities: TranZact Administration (February 8), Share Drafts (February 15) and ACH Rules – The Basics (February 22).



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