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Everything we do starts with research. At Filene Research Institute, we’re driven to learn what makes credit unions tick. And what could make them tick even better. We spend our days—and sometimes our nights—connecting with leaders from credit unions, academia, public policy, business, and technology to deliver the world’s best thinking and tools to stay competitive for credit unions and cooperative finance.

Latest Publications

Blueprints for Innovation, Fall 2016

Does your credit union have $17.4 billion sitting around waiting to be invested in the latest and greatest fintech innovations? Of course not! But that’s the amount of global venture capital investment made in fintech firms in 2016 alone. These emerging competitors are taking advantage of this capital influx to...

Reimagining Credit Unions: The Federal Option, Lessons from Europe, and Digital Lending

What would it look like to reimagine credit unions based on the latest research into organizational innovation, consumer behavior, and ever-changing regulatory systems? Filene brought together financial industry perspectives from Europe and Canada to explore opportunities and challenges shaping the credit unions sector. This report presents a range of outlooks...

Canadian Credit Unions Capital Buffers under Basel III

This report provides a timely analysis of how Canadian credit unions' capital buffers respond during periods of economic flux. Credit union leaders worldwide will find this analysis instrumental in developing strategies for economic survival, as well as for advocating for sound regulation for credit unions.  Filene thanks our generous supporters...

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Research Council

The Filene Research Council is a distinguished group of credit union executives who individually and collectively play integral roles in the continued advancement of the credit union movement.

Featured Publication

Domestic Violence Recovery Loan Program

The Domestic Violence Recovery (DVR) Loan Program was designed to provide survivors of abuse with an affordable option for removing financial barriers to safety and/or rebuilding after an abusive relationship. This report details the development and initial findings from the implementation of the DVR Loan program from May 2014 through...

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