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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 – February 19, 2019     

    Fannie and Freddie to Issue New Security in June: You may be unfamiliar with the Single Security Initiative, but if your credit union sells mortgage pools to the agencies for securitization and/or invests in the agencies’ mortgage-backed securities (MBS), you will see its results. Catalyst Corporate's Senior Investment Officer explains what you need to know for the transition.

    The Gift of Productive Account Relationships: Some birthday gifts have greater impact than others. Such is the case with a $500 million-in-assets credit union that recently celebrated its second birthday on Catalyst BaZing, Catalyst Corporate’s rewards checking program.

    A Hero is More than Tights and a Cape:  Come for the economic outlooks. Come for the payment trends information. And become a hero when you attend Catalyst Corporate's Economic & Payments Forum. Kevin Brown will teach you how.

    Upcoming Events and Training: Quick Tip Webinar: TranZact ACH Item Search & Returns (Feb. 27), Commercial Real Estate Lending for CUs (Plano, TX, Feb. 27-28), CUBG's Advanced Tax Return and Financial Statement Analysis (Portland, OR, March 6-7) and ACH Basics (March 13).

     



Catalyst Connect – February 12, 2019     

    Mobile Capture Named to Constellation’s Certified Services: Catalyst Corporate’s mobile remote deposit capture solution has been selected for inclusion in Constellation Digital Partners’ first round of certified services for its cloud-based Fintech marketplace for credit unions.

    Capturing Deposits and Capturing Hearts: Some credit union members are adding a little more love this Valentine’s week with a special promotion sponsored by Catalyst Corporate. At least one credit union finds this promotion especiallly easy to embrace.

    President's Day or Presidents' Day?  Originally established in 1885 to recognize George Washington's birthday, Presidents Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, past and present. Catalyst Corporate will close Monday, February 18 to observe the holiday. View our 2019 holiday schedule.

    Upcoming Events and Training: Funds Transfer Services (Feb. 13), Quick Tip Webinar: TranZact ACH Item Search & Returns (Feb. 27), Commercial Real Estate Lending for CUs (Plano, TX, Feb. 27-28) and Advanced Tax Return and Financial Statement Analysis (Portland, OR, March 6-7).

     



Catalyst Connect – February 5, 2019     

    Bank Notes – An Overlooked Revenue Source? Is your credit union looking for a new way to boost revenue beyond loans and fees? Investing in bank notes has become a lucrative option as yields climb higher than traditional investments. Learn more in a new video.

    First Speaker Secured for 2019 Future Forums Agenda: Plans are well underway for Catalyst Corporate’s 2019 Future Forums, slated for this fall. Among the speakers on hand this year will be Daniel Newman, a tech futurist who shares with audiences globally his vision of the role technology will play in our future.

    ALM Service Releases Survey Results: Credit unions have diverse balance sheet requirements and management expectations. That’s why Catalyst Strategic Solutions surveys its Asset/Liability Management Service clients annually to ensure service aligns with credit union expectations. The 2018 survey results are in...

    February Events and Training: ACH Online Administration (Feb. 6), Funds Transfer Services (Feb. 13), Quick Tip Webinar: TranZact ACH Item Search & Returns (Feb. 27), and Commercial Real Estate Lending for CUs (Plano, TX, Feb. 27-28).


     



Catalyst Connect – January 29, 2019     

    Is 2019 the Year for Liquidity Challenges? 2018 was another stellar year for the credit union industry. While credit unions are doing well overall, some are facing challenges. Heading into 2019, a key concern for many credit union balance sheets is maintaining liquidity.   

    Shedding Light on Loan Participations: More than $30 billion in loans have been shared in recent years as credit unions increasingly engage in loan participations. To help introduce loan participations to the uninitiated, Catalyst Corporate has just released a new video.

    One Member Experience Across Multiple Devices: Who hasn't been frustrated by trying to load a web page or a form on their cellphone that hasn't been optimized for mobile? Ensuring your members have a consistent digital experience, regardless of the device they use to access credit union services, is important to reduce friction and maintain service excellence.

    Upcoming Events and Training: TranZact Profile and Navigation (Jan. 30), CUBG's Business Lending Bootcamp (Portland, OR, Jan. 30-31), ACH Online Administration (Feb. 6) and Funds Transfer Services (Feb. 13).



Catalyst Connect – January 22, 2019     

    Advisory Service Earns High Marks in Client Survey: Each year, Catalyst Strategic Solutions surveys its Advisory Service clients to ensure service aligns with credit union expectations. The 2018 survey results have been tabulated, and clients gave CSS and its individual advisors very strong marks.   

    Hear from the CEO: Check out 2018 highlights from Catalyst Corporate CEO Kathy Garner in this new seven-minute Member Update video. Incoming CEO Bruce Fox also previews a few 2019 strategic plans, including a forward-looking digital strategy, an alternative investment sweep program and an investment vehicle that provides low-income credit unions with secondary capital.

    2019 Training is Underway: Catalyst Corporate’s Training Department kicked off its series of 30 free educational webinars slated for this year, many of which offer CPE and AAP credits. Next up is “TranZact Profile and Navigation,” January 30 – one of the new “quick-tip” webinars that target aspects of Catalyst Corporate services in 15-20 minutes.

    Save the Date: All members are invited to join Catalyst Corporate for its 42nd Annual Meeting of the Members on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 10 a.m. at Catalyst Corporate’s Plano, Texas headquarters. More information will be coming soon with the official meeting notice.

    Upcoming Events and Training: TranZact Profile and Navigation (Jan. 30), CUBG's Business Lending Bootcamp (Portland, OR, Jan. 30-31), ACH Online Administration (Feb. 6) and Funds Transfer Services (Feb. 13).



Catalyst Connect – January 15, 2019     

    Year-End 2018 Member Update: Check out 2018 highlights from Catalyst Corporate CEO Kathy Garner in this new seven-minute Member Update video. Incoming CEO Bruce Fox also previews a few 2019 strategic plans, including a forward-looking digital strategy, an alternative investment sweep program and an investment vehicle that provides low-income credit unions with secondary capital.   

    Time to Raise Deposit Rates? Most credit unions have approached increasing deposit rates with a wait-and-see attitude, resulting in below-market rates for as long as possible. The wait may be over, says this Catalyst Strategic Solutions Advisor.

    One More Surprise: Congratulations to Terri Young, operations manager at Belen Railway Employees Credit Union in Belen, New Mexico, for winning a DJI Mavic2 Pro Drone. Terri was one of more than 300 members who entered a drawing supporting the launch of Catalyst Corporate’s new logo.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday: Catalyst Corporate will close next Monday, January 21, to observe MLK, Jr. Day. See Catalyst Corporate’s 2019 Holiday Schedule.

    Events and Training: TranZact Updates & Tips (Jan. 16), TranZact Profile and Navigation (Jan. 30), CUBG's Business Lending Bootcamp (Portland, OR, Jan. 30-31) and ACH Online Administration (Feb. 6)



Catalyst Connect – January 8, 2019     

    New Year, New Brand: Catalyst Corporate Federal Credit Union is starting the new year with a new look. Catalyst Corporate is unveiling a new logo – one that places an emphasis on the core capabilities it provides to credit unions: collaboration, aggregation, integration and innovation.  

    Prognostications on the Economy: The Fed and the markets appear to have differing views on the direction the economy is heading. Which is right? A panel of Catalyst Advisory, ALM and Brokerage experts share their thoughts on our volatile economy, the markets and the credit union industry’s 2019 financial outlook in a new video, "Insights & Outlooks 2019."

    Calling All Catalyst Corporate Mobile Capture Users: Boost usage of your mobile deposit services with Catalyst Corporate’s fifth annual "Capture My Heart" marketing campaign. One of your members could win a $100 gift card supplied by Catalyst Corporate. Find out more!

    Scan Foreign Checks with New TranzCapture Feature: Credit unions now may scan foreign check images into TranzCapture and view them on TranZact. This feature eliminates the need for credit union staff to photocopy the front and back of checks prior to mailing the original items for processing.

    January Events and Training: TranZact Updates & Tips (Jan. 16), TranZact Profile and Navigation (Jan. 30), CUBG's Business Lending Bootcamp (Portland, OR, Jan. 30-31)



Catalyst Connect – December 28, 2018     

    A New Dawn for Same-Day (ACH): A new round of Same Day ACH (SDA) advancements is on the horizon! Earlier this year, NACHA’s voting membership approved three new SDA rules that will take effect over the next two years.  

    Sizing up the Economy: Plan to join Catalyst Advisory, ALM and Brokerage experts for our annual "Insights & Outlooks" fireside chat on the economy. They'll discuss the implications of Fed rate hikes, along with other national and global economic factors, and how it all might affect credit unions. Watch your email for a link to the video coming soon. 

    Member Update from the CEO: Another year concludes! How did we do? Where are we headed? Find out in Catalyst Corporate's Year-End Member Update by current President and CEO Kathy Garner and our next President and CEO Bruce Fox. After the holidays, watch your email for a link to this video.

    Happy New Year from the Catalyst Corporate Team! Catalyst Corporate and Catalyst Strategic Solutions will close Tuesday, January 1 to observe the New Year's Day holiday. Catalyst Connect will not publish on New Year's Day, but will resume its regular publication schedule on Tuesday, January 8.



Catalyst Connect – December 18, 2018     

    U.S. Tariffs: Then and Now: The word "tariffs" has been in the media a lot lately. What, exactly, are tariffs? And what do they have to do with consumers and credit unions? 

    Capturing Hearts for the Fifth Year: Catalyst Corporate is preparing to kick off its fifth annual "Capture My Heart" marketing campaign – coinciding with the week of Valentine’s Day – for credit unions that use its mobile deposit services. 

    Holiday Publication Schedule: Catalyst Connect will not publish on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, but will publish on Thursday, December 27. Market Snapshot will not publish on Wednesday, December 26, and Behind the Numbers will not publish on Friday, December 28; both publications will resume regular schedules the week of December 31.

    Happy Holidays: Warmest wishes from Catalyst Corporate and Catalyst Strategic Solutions this holiday season. Catalyst will close Tuesday, December 25 to observe the Christmas holiday. See Catalyst Corporate's 2019 holiday schedule.



Catalyst Connect – December 11, 2018     

    Tally on Training: As another year comes to a close, so does the 2018 training calendar. This year, more than 1,700 individuals enrolled in Catalyst Corporate educational opportunities. See what training members received and what is new for 2019. 

    Strong Foundations: In 2018, Catalyst Corporate had opportunities to help credit unions improve their bottom lines with operational efficiencies and investment strategies. It also helped some credit union employees to rebuild their lives following disasters that rocked our nation. 

    Contingency Communications: Catalyst Corporate will conduct a Contingency Communications exercise Wednesday, December 12 at 10 a.m Central Time. Be sure to update your Contingency Communications contacts in TranZact.

    December Events and 2019 Calendar: Christmas Day Holiday for Catalyst Corporate and Catalyst Strategic Solutions (Dec. 25). The link includes Catalyst Corporate’s holiday schedule through 2019.



Catalyst Connect – December 4, 2018     

    Be Careful What You Wish For: In 2005, interest rate derivative and bond traders complained about being bored, wishing for more volatility in the rate markets. We got that volatility over the next few years – and then some – and recovery was slow. Volatility is back in most markets. Could this cause the Fed to over-tighten, pushing the economy into a recession?

    No Bond Purchases Tomorrow: With the stock market closed Wednesday, December 5 to observe the national day of mourning for former President George H.W. Bush, Catalyst will be unable to purchase bonds for credit unions. Federal Reserve Bank payment systems will operate normally. No other Catalyst services should be affected.

    Add These Important Dates to Your 2019 Calendar: CU Business Group announces dates and locations for its 2019 National Business Services Conference. Once again, this popular conference is slated for two venues – one in the Northwest and the other in the Southeast.

    Contingency Communications: Catalyst Corporate will conduct a Contingency Communications exercise Wednesday, December 12 at 10 a.m Central Time. Be sure to update your Contingency Communications contacts in TranZact.

    Fall Events and Training: Christmas Day Holiday for Catalyst Corporate and Catalyst Strategic Solutions (Dec. 25). The link includes Catalyst Corporate’s holiday schedule through 2019.



Catalyst Connect – November 27, 2018     

    On the Go! Catalyst Corporate’s Mobile Capture integrates with nearly every mobile banking platform, providing credit union members with a seamless mobile banking experience. Check out 10 ways Mobile Capture can benefit your credit union’s remote deposit process service.

    New Loan Participation Available: If your credit union is looking for a way to manage liquidity, Catalyst Corporate’s Loan Participation Program can help. This established program offers high-quality loan pools and management of the sales cycle from start to finish. See what’s available today!

    You’ve Got Mail: Catalyst Corporate's Q4 2018 SCAN publication will arrive in mailboxes soon, but it's available online now. This edition shares the latest on Catalyst Corporate's partnership with Ripple, cash management trends and more.

    November Events and Training: Navigating the Catalyst Corporate Website (Nov. 28).



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