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Small Businesses Are Great; Not Their Access to Credit

I love small businesses. I love that sign on the street corner saying “opening soon” and the anticipation of being one of the first patrons to walk in and experience something new. From the local coffee shop, to the independent barber where I get my haircut, to the arborist who...

Seven US Credit Unions to Participate in Just4You Prototype Test

Consumers face with a myriad of choices when selecting new financial products and services. Over the next six months, we'll test Just4You, a product that helps financial institutions manage this choice overload, with seven credit unions from across the US. “Our research has shown that when new members are faced with...

Filene Welcomes Seven New Research Council Members

We’re welcoming seven new credit union CEOs to our research council: Joseph Brancucci, president and CEO at GTE Financial; Robert Chavez, president and CEO at Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union; Mitchell Chilcott, CEO at North Peace Savings and Credit Union; Ralph Luimes, president and CEO at Hald-Nor Community Credit Union...

Tales of Our Digital Strategies Community in Austin

 “If you’ve done it, it ain’t braggin’.” That’s what the locals would likely say after experiencing 3 days with all of us in Texas. Yee-ha! Members of our Digital Strategies Community met in Austin, TX to connect, learn, stretch, and ideate around their ongoing journeys in digital strategy.  DAY 1:...

Using Small Dollar Loans to Boost Savings

The February 16, 2014 New York Times article, “How Credit-Card Debt Can Help the Poor”, by Shaila Dewan talked about a small dollar loan that helped the borrower build savings and increase his credit score because the loan funded a “locked down” savings account. That’s right, the borrower never saw...

Accessible Financial Services Incubator: Borrow and Save Resources

Borrow and Save is one of five financial products entering our new accessible financial services incubator funded by a grant from the Ford Foundation. Developed by the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, Borrow and Save increases consumers’ economic security by providing an affordable small dollar loan with a payment term that...

Five Products Enter Accessible Financial Services Incubator

We searched nationwide for products to test in our new accessible financial services incubator, funded by a grant from the Ford Foundation. These products had to be innovative in ways that benefit low-and-moderate-income consumers. And the five products we selected show promise of doing just that. The products to be...