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The NCUA Chair explains the role of the credit union board.
Participation loans have grown as a percentage of credit union loan portfolios. Boards are responsible for monitoring underwriting and credit administration practices of lead lenders and ensuring they comply with the credit union’s guidelines. Increased regulatory scrutiny is likely.
A risk expert recommends directors take a holistic view of risk. Regulatory, financial, operational and strategic risks must be considered, and velocity of risk needs to be assessed. The risk assessment plan needs to be ongoing and supportive of business objectives in order to maintain a mode of prevention.
Credit unions can manage magnetic stripe, automated clearing house (ACH), after wire, and loan fraud through technology and procedural controls.
To control business risk, directors must ensure sound practices are in place: a diversified portfolio, professional underwriting, sound document and risk assessment procedures, and annual reviews. In addition boards need to monitor accrual status, debt service coverage, loan to value ratios, and the presence of qualified appraisers.
Directors have duties of loyalty and reasonable care. An attorney and board chair puts these terms into layman’s language, giving credit union directors advice on demonstrating and documenting due diligence and understanding director insurance and indemnification to mitigate the risk.
Overdraft, credit card and debit card regulations have placed pressure on credit unions. An expert explains the regulations and recommends strategies boards can consider to position their credit unions to succeed.
Traditional risk management methods did not prevent the economic crisis and can even be viewed as “broken.” Experience actually makes us more likely to ignore risk! The board’s role must include looking at strategic and systemic risk. This expert advises you how.
Rick Craig, president and CEO of America First Credit Union provides an overview of the economy’s impact on credit unions.
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Joseph Hallinan points to overconfidence as the problem that caused major Wall Street failures. He recommends steps boards can take to protect against overconfidence.
Rick Craig, president and CEO of America First Credit Union explains the impact corporate credit union failures have had on natural person credit union audits.
Boards must determine the proper level of detail when monitoring risk. Organizations that are good at this identify metrics that are tied back to specific risks, review the metrics on a periodic basis, and become more engaged if the metrics are not positive. Alan White, Vital Insight, Inc.