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ARTICLES BY Sam Taft

By Sam Taft | Sept. 27, 2021

Cash balances contracted 11.1% from March 31 as credit unions actively put money to work.

By Sam Taft | May 31, 2021

COVID-19 relief payments underpin a continued surge in deposits, challenging loan and investment portfolios to keep pace.

By Sam Taft | Jan. 11, 2021

Spread analysis deconstructs credit union earnings to gauge the health of an institution and its broader industry.

By Sam Taft | Dec. 14, 2020

Deposit growth underpins a 3.4% increase in investment balances for the industry. See what else happened in the investment portfolio.

By Sam Taft | Sept. 8, 2020

Investment balances were up 19.2% from the first quarter as consumer uncertainty powers growth in core deposits.

By Sam Taft | June 30, 2020

Following one of the most productive lending years in the history of the credit union movement, the first quarter of 2020 offered new challenges. But strong mortgage originations negated a pullback in consumer lending to push overall loan balances higher.

By Sam Taft | June 30, 2020

The longest economic expansionary period in U.S. history has come to an end. What else should credit unions know at first quarter?

By Sam Taft | June 8, 2020

Cooperatives keep their sights on short-term investments as cash balances grow and participation in derivative programs declines.

By Sam Taft | June 2, 2020

Credit unions report the largest quarterly increase in investment balances on record as cash balances surge amid economic uncertainty and rate cuts push down investment yield.

By Sam Taft | Aug. 26, 2019

Incorporating peer analysis is an ideal way to enhance the impact of planning season.