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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

Blue Ocean Lending for Credit Unions: Point of Sale Financing

This study presents research on the U.S. point of sale financing (POSF) marketplace. POSF is defined as providing financing at the point of sale for large consumer purchases. We estimate the annual potential market size of this market at $391 billion, or approximately 3.5% of annual consumer spending with health...

Helping Members Navigate College Costs

College signals success, at least for those who graduate. Holding a bachelor’s degree is one of the best determinants of higher lifetime earnings, and college graduates are almost uniformly positive about the value of their degree: 98% of those making six figures and up say their degree has paid off, and even 63% of...

Should Credit Unions Pay Their Directors?

Welcome to the emerging world of credit union director compensation. Many feel that paying boards is anathema to the cooperative spirit of credit unions, while others feel compensation is an obvious and overdue benefit. This report acknowledges that dilemma while trying to quantify just what existing compensation trends look like: How prevalent is...

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The Consumer Experience: Financial Institution Preference and Usage Factors

Today's consumers confront a variety of banking options. Factors like personal trust, household income, and convenience all weigh, in different ways, on consumers' preferences between and among banks and credit unions. This report analyzes consumer survey data to better understand these usage factors and allows productive comparisons between institutions. The data...

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