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We have added a new “hot topic” webinar on August 30th, “Preparing Your Credit Union’s Health Care Reform Strategy: Effective January 1, 2013.” The Health Care Reform legislation passed in March 2010 is over two years old. However, many questions still remain and the legislation’s impact on many businesses remains unknown. The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding this law indicates it would be prudent to plan now in order to be ready for many of the major provisions, which are effective January 1, 2013. This webinar will provide insights into this massive legislation and the changes since it was originally signed into law in 2010. The legislation impacts each business differently, so it is vital that financial institutions and management understand the key aspects and how they should be approached to ensure both compliance and efficiency for your credit union.

Visit Preparing Your Credit Union’s Health Care Reform Strategy: Effective January 1, 2013 to register or learn more about this upcoming program.

With the NCUA’s 2012 supervisory focus being on closely monitoring and supervising emerging risks in lending and investment trends, we want to ensure credit union board members have access to high quality education in that topic area. In August and September we will be offering board member training on Financial Statement and Ratios: Utilizing Financial Information to Identify Risk in eight locations throughout Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming. This training will help participants gain a better understanding of how to read and understand the balance sheet, income statement and financial ratios, as well as learn how to properly analyze the information to detect and monitor emerging risks within the credit union. 

Select the location below to register, or for additional details.  All classes are held from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. (local time). 

August 28, 2012: Denver, CO & Rock Springs, WY
August 29, 2012: Laramie, WY & Pueblo, CO
September 11, 2012: Casper, WY
September 12, 2012: Cheyenne, WY
September 25, 2012: Phoenix, AZ
September 26, 2012: Tucson, AZ

Cost is $79/person and includes course instruction, materials, and a light dinner.  A Multiple Credit Union Attendee Discount is offered when sending more than one person from your credit union.

New NCUA rules for interest-rate risk (IRR) will become effective September 30, 2012. The purpose of this webinar is to cover the details of the new rules, and more importantly, provide a methodology for implementation. Management and the board of directors will learn the necessary information to oversee all the regulatory requirements for an effective asset liability management (ALM) program. The new regulation, asset/liability theory including measurement, ratios, and normal risk parameters will be addressed. In addition, this session will also explain the practical implementation of these theories in an understandable manner that will improve your interest-rate risk and profitability.

Available Now! Click here for details.

Please Note: The rule applies to all federally-insured credit unions with assets of more than $50 million. Those institutions with assets of between $10 million and $50 million must comply if the total of first mortgage loans they hold, combined with total investments with maturities greater than five years, is greater than 100% of their net worth.

The 28th Annual Mountain Regional Credit Union Roundtable will take place July 10-12, 2012 at the Shore Lodge in McCall, Idaho. Hosted by the Idaho Credit Union League with joint sponsors Mountain West Credit Union Association and Montana Credit Union Network, this year’s program was developed for senior credit union management and board members focusing on current credit union issues to be addressed by a lineup of exceptional speakers.

Presenters include Bill Hampel, Chief Economist of CUNA, George Hoffheimer, Chief Research and Innovation Officer of the Filene Research Institute, and Louis Hernandez, Jr. Chairman and CEO of Open Solutions, Inc., and author of Saving the American Dream.   Guest room reservation deadline at the Shore Lodge is June 1st and conference registration must be received by June 15th.  Download the conference packet for additional details. 

As you may be aware, on December 20, 2011, FinCEN announced that the deadline for financial institutions to require the use of FinCEN’s new electronic filing process for CTRs and SARs is extended from June 30, 2012 to March 31, 2013.

Note!  This regulation is “preliminary” at this point.  There are a number of webinars beginning to be offered on this topic.  However, the revised forms and details for filing are not yet available.  Substantial action is not required by credit unions at this point!  When the relevant information is published, we will schedule a timely webinar.  Our goal is to make the most of your training dollars!  You need not attend a “preliminary” webinar and yet another webinar when the final rules and forms are issued.

You can count on Mountain West Credit Union Association to keep you informed.  Watch your email for upcoming webinars or click here to view the entire schedule.

"Leaders for Life"   

CU Leadership Institute is an exceptional series of in-depth workshops designed to develop your next generation of leaders.  This is not your ordinary school or class. 

It  is performance based instruction which teaches the art of leadership with well-focused guided practices that encourages interactive participation and discussions.  It is the direct application of concepts shaped specifically for credit unions that makes the CU Leadership Institute unique.

Now accepting nominations.  The Wyoming Series will commence March 6-7, 2012 and the Arizona Series will begin March 13-14, 2012.  Click on the Education tab and then scroll down to Leadership Institutue for all the details. 

Leading your credit union is a labor of love but challenges in regulations, laws, and the economy make it difficult to focus on what you love most about your volunteer role.  It’s time to change the way this game is played.  The 2012 Western States Volunteers’ Conference delivers you simple and effective ideas that will bring results to your credit union.  Learn tactics to break out of the board room and bring leadership back to your role, despite the day-to-day hurdles you face. 

The Western States Volunteers’ Conference is brought to you by the Credit Union Leagues of Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.  In 2012, the conference is being held February 12-14 at Treasure Island in Las Vegas, NV.

This conference is specifically geared toward

• Board members

• Supervisory committee members

• Credit committee members

• All interested volunteers CEOs, managers and significant others are also invited to attend.

E-mail Shay Jacobs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to have a conference brochure sent to you, or visit www.mwcua.com/wsvc.

Effective July 21, 2011, there are new notices that creditors must give to consumers if a credit score is used when taking adverse action against the consumer.  This relates to both the risk-based pricing notice under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (Regulation V) and the adverse action notice under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (Regulation B). 

Among other things, the Dodd-Frank Act requires disclosure of the following effective July 21, 2011:

    1. numerical credit score used by the creditor in making the credit decision; 
    2. range of possible scores under the model used by the creditor; 
    3. key factors that adversely affected the credit score of the consumer; 
    4. date on which the credit score was created; and 
    5. name of the entity that provided the credit score. 

Want to learn more?  We have a 90-minute webinar: Credit Score Disclosure Requirements under the Dodd-Frank Act: Including Risk-Based Pricing & Adverse Action Notices now available to order.  This program will explain the new notice requirements that become effective on July 21, 2011, and will review the new model notice forms contained in Regulations B and V.  For full course description, or to order, contact Shay Thompson at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Effective June 1, 2011, all STAR, MERIT, VAP study material and exam orders will be placed directly with CUNA, rather than through the Association.  The programs’ certificates and pins (where applicable) will be sent directly to your credit union from CUNA, resulting in a speedier arrival and you will be billed directly by CUNA for book orders. Along with a new ordering process, you’ll also notice the purchase prices are lower! 

How to Proceed: Effective June 1, 2011

1. Place all STAR, MERIT, VAP/VLP certificate program material orders through CUNA Customer Service.  Call 800-356-8010, press 3.  Call this same number with questions regarding invoices, or for returning purchases.  Return policy/procedure is noted on packing slip/invoice.
2. Call CUNA CPD (Center for Professional Development), 800-356-9655, ext. 4072 with questions regarding exams, certificate processing, etc.
3. Call CUNA CPD or Credit Union Association of Colorado, Shainika Thompson, 800-477-1697, ext. 3280 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for general information on all certificate programs.

We believe this new procedure will increase response time and allow for multiple efficiencies within the certificate program administration.  If you have any questions on the new procedures, please feel free to contact Shay Thompson, Education Coordinator at the Credit Union Associaiton of Colorado at 800-477-1697, ext. 3280.


Effective May 1, 2011, financial institutions must implement new procedures for handling garnishments on accounts that receive federal benefit payments via direct deposit.  For the first time, federal law will impose an affirmative duty on financial institutions to protect consumers’ federal benefits from garnishment. 

Want to learn more about the new garnishment procedures for accounts containing federal benefit payments?  We have a 90-minute webinar available for order.  This program will explain the new procedures that must be followed when a garnishment is received against an accountholder who receives certain types of federal benefit payments.  Under the new procedures, your financial institution will be required to determine the total federal benefit payments deposited during a designated two-month period and ensure the accountholder is given access to that amount – or the current account balance – whichever is lower.  In addition, the new rules impose restrictions on the garnishment fees that can be charged and require you to send a statutory notice to the accountholder.  The following link provides full webinar details: New Garnishment Procedures for Accounts Containing Federal Benefit Payments: Effective May 1, 2011.


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