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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

Credit Union Regtech: Innovation and Expertise

What can be done to help ease the regulatory responsibilities for credit unions? And what emerging technology is available to help credit unions better manage these responsibilities? This paper introduces the fintech category of regtech, and the role and promise it holds for credit unions. The author then presents a...

Governance Challenges in Credit Unions: Insights and Recommendations

As governance arrangements of credit unions continue to evolve, this report examines the characteristics of the well-governed credit union, and explores the value and risks associated with cooperative governance models. Filene thanks its generous supporters for helping to make this research possible.

America’s Got Talent: Attracting It is the Challenge

In an effort to address the challenge of attracting and retaining talented employees, Filene hosted a day-long colloquium dedicated to sharing new insights and best practices for credit unions' efforts in talent attraction. This report summarizes presentations on the following: Developing your credit union's brand story and using it to...

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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.

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