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Credit Union Leadership: Quantified

Credit Union Leadership: Quantified

Imagine trying to measure gravitational pull. Really. Consider how you might construct a machine to measure the attraction between two masses. If you’re an amateur like me, you wouldn’t even know where to start. But if you think like Henry Cavendish did in 1797, you would construct an elaborate wooden structure and measure torsion in a wire that dangled lead spheres.

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Living on the Financial Edge: New Debt Challenges for At-Risk Americans

Living on the Financial Edge: New Debt Challenges for At-Risk Americans

Over the last year, Filene has released a series of reports on the financial state of four groups that are essential to healthy credit unions—Gen Y, pre-retirees, Hispanics, and women. The data paints a troubling picture of various American subgroups’ financial capability.

These reports rely on key data from the National Financial Capability Study to analyze significant indicators of Americans’ financial capability, including short-term and long-term debt. This research demonstrates how essential it is for credit unions to respond to the financial needs of these groups. The studies use more than 5,000 survey observations to illuminate how each group manages money and what factors play into their financial decision making.

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