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A blog for those working in or otherwise involved with the credit union industry in Vermont and / or nationwide.  Coverage and commentary focuses on important issues such as consumer protection, regulatory compliance, governmental affairs, education, technology, and the economy.

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National Credit Union Administration
Savings in all Vermont credit unions are insured to at least $250,000 and backed by the full faith and credit of the United States Government.

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National Trade Association Partnership
Credit Union National Association
Based in Washington, D.C., and Madison, Wisconsin, CUNA is the premier trade association serving more than 8,000 credit unions in Vermont and across the U.S.

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About the Association of Vermont Credit Unions
The Association is a non-profit corporation that exists to provide credit unions throughout Vermont with a wide assortment of trade association services. We promote the credit union movement and a favorable public attitude toward credit unions, both within the state and nationwide.

To our member credit unions, we provide legislative advocacy, regulatory support, training and staff development opportunities, networking, and business support services.

In conjunction with a variety of strategic business partners, the Association develops, markets and provides members with access to affordable back-office support products and services. The Association remains committed to its mission of assisting credit unions in any way possible with improving their overall level of service to members and Vermont consumers.

Current Edition of AVCU's Newslines Express
  • Registration Deadlines Nearing for AVCU’s Fall Education Program
    AVCU wants to remind our members that registration deadlines for both of AVCU’s fall in-person training events are rapidly approaching. The Early Bird registration period for our October 22nd BSA Officer Training seminar expires today at 5:00 PM and a reminder email was sent out on Wednesday to credit unions who attended last year that we’ve not yet heard from. The final date to register for the BSA Officer seminar is October 10th. In addition, there’s only one week left to register for AVCU’s 2014 IRA training program as the final deadline is next Friday, September 5th at 5:00. ... read more
  • CUAlliance’s Mini-University of Lending November 3-4, 2014
    CUAlliance wants to help your credit union staff to gain the necessary training to capitalize on new accounts, lobby / walk-in traffic, loans by phone and more! This two day Mini-University of Lending features one of our industry's most informative and exciting teachers, Ed Swanson of Lending Solutions Consulting, Inc. The event will take place November 3-4 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport, ME and a special room rate of $109 per person is available until Friday,10/3. ... read more
  • Four Things That Improve Auto-Loan Refinance Results
    If your auto loan portfolio has been steadily increasing along with the lending industry as a whole, that’s great. But don’t be content. Consumers are returning to car dealerships (virtually and in person) and that means some will end up with interest rates, loan terms, and warranties or payment protection options that your credit union can beat—if you can find these buyers and deliver an effective message. ... read more
  • CUANY to Hold 2014 Economic Forum in Albany October 7-8
    Our friends at the Credit Union Association of New York are inviting all Vermont credit union employees and volunteers to join them at their 2014 Economic Forum that will take place at The Desmond Hotel in Albany on Tuesday & Wednesday, October 7th - 8th. Vermont’s credit union leaders are invited to join their peers from across the northeast region for two days of timely presentations and breakout sessions. Featured speakers include Fred Schafer, who received rave reviews for his appearance at AVCU's 2012 Annual Meeting at the Woodstock Inn, and columnist, author, and small business owner Gene Marks. ... read more
  • Wal-Mart Issuing EMV MasterCards in Coming Weeks
    Wal-Mart has announced that holders of its branded MasterCard will be receiving new cards with EMV (Europay-Visa-MasterCard) chips embedded within the next few weeks. The announcement comes two weeks after the Payments Security Task Force (PST), an organization made up of more than a dozen companies and organizations, announced that 575 million EMV cards will be issued by the end of 2015. ... read more