Powell: Fed 'working to sustain' favorable economy
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, during a speech at the Federal Open Market Committee's annual retreat in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Friday, described the U.S. economy as being "in a favorable place" and said the Fed is "working to sustain these conditions in the face of significant risks."
Powell noted strong economic growth, a falling unemployment rate and rising labor force participation as positive aspects of the current situation, but also highlighted concerns about global economic growth due to trade and tariff uncertainty.
"Chairman Powell struck a fairly neutral tone with this speech," said NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long. "This reinforces the challenges of finding a strategy which acknowledges both heightened economic risks and solid recent performance, while at the same time finding some common ground between the divergent views of FOMC members."
Minutes from the FOMC's July meeting released last week revealed that committee members were divided on the decision to cut rates 25 basis points. After analyzing the minutes, Long predicted that the Fed's monetary-policy setting arm would again cut rates during its upcoming September meeting.
Long and NAFCU member credit unions are set to discuss economic issues at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago later this week. The association also has a meeting with Federal Reserve Governor Michelle Bowman this fall; member credit unions are encouraged to provide responses to NAFCU's annual Fed survey, which will inform that meeting.
Add to Calendar 2020-08-13 14:00:00 2020-08-13 14:00:00 What Internal Auditors Have Learned from the Pandemic and What They Should Do Going Forward Just a few months ago, it would have been unfathomable that we would be living in a pandemic crisis today. The pandemic has impacted nearly every organization and every person. Sometimes as quickly as daily, risks change and new risks emerge. We have experienced changes in the market economy, supply of goods and services, serving members, practices to maintain safety and the health of employees and members, and challenges of working remotely. Join us for an hour of information sharing of what internal auditors have learned from the pandemic so far and how internal auditors can continue to add value and participate in decision making in this relatively uncertain, risk emerging time. Key Takeaways Understand how to communicate with management and the supervisory committee Identify emerging risks and participate in decision making Review risk topics currently impacting credit unions Learn how to reset and redefine internal audit efforts Resurge internal audit’s role as trusted business advisor Register NowRegistration is complimentary, but you must register to attend.One registration gives your entire credit union access to the on-demand recording until August 13, 2021.Already registered? Go to the Online Training Center to view live. Who Should Attend? NAFCU Certified Risk Managers (NCRMs) Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) Finance staff Risk staff Education Credits NCRMs will receive 1.5 CEUs for participating in this webinar. CPA credit information is below; recommended 1.5 CPE credits. CPA Certification Credit Information Reviewer: Josie Collins, Associate Director of Education, NAFCU Learning Objectives: Understand how to communicate with management and the supervisory committee. Identify emerging risks and participate in decision making. Review risk topics currently impacting credit unions. Learn how to reset and redefine internal audit efforts. Resurge internal audit’s role as trusted business advisor. Program Level: Basic Prerequisites Needed: None Advance Preparation Needed: None Delivery Method: Group Internet-Based Recommended CPE Credits: 1.5 credits Recommended Field of Study: Finance - Technical National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. Learn more. About Our Webinars Our webinars are streamed live from NAFCU headquarters near Washington, D.C. Your audio/video feed of the presenters includes presentation slides and downloadable handouts. You can easily submit your questions to the presenters at any time during the live broadcast, with no dialing over the phone! The audio and video stream directly through your computer. Web NAFCU firstname.lastname@example.org America/New_York public
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Add to Calendar 2020-08-10 14:00:00 2020-08-10 14:00:00 CDFI Certification: A Door to external resources to expand your credit union’s capacity to serve its community There currently are 312 credit unions certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), with combined assets of almost $134 billion and serving more than 12 million predominantly low income and minority consumers across the nation. Many more credit unions are eligible as they operate in CDFI target markets and offer products and services relevant to those communities. Nearly 700 credit unions are in what we call the “CDFI zone” Are you one of them? This certification makes credit unions eligible to participate in and/or to receive financial assistance and technical assistance awards as well as to receive deposits from institutions participating in the Bank Enterprise Award Program. In addition, the certification provides access to a growing number of programs offered by other agencies, such as participation in the loan guarantee program offered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Certification also provides certain regulatory exemptions, such as NCUA’s MBL limit and CFPB’s Ability to Repay and QM requirements. The CDFI Fund is the single largest source of external resources for credit unions, providing since its inception, more than $370 million in technical and financial assistance grants to increase access to affordable lending options and responsible financial services for low and moderate income and financially underserved populations. Key Takeaways Discuss building blocks of community finance Identify tools available to credit union Review eligibility requirements Understand the process for achieving CDFI certification Learn how to leverage the benefits of this credential Register Now For On-Demand AccessRegistration is complimentary, but you must register to attend.One registration gives your entire credit union access to the on-demand recording until August 10, 2021.Already registered? Go to the Online Training Center to view live. Who Should Attend? Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Chief Lending Officer (CLO) Business Lending Staff Lending Staff Education Credits This webinar doesn't qualify for any continuing education credits recognized by NAFCU or NASBA. About Our Webinars Our webinars are streamed live from NAFCU headquarters near Washington, D.C. Your audio/video feed of the presenters includes presentation slides and downloadable handouts. You can easily submit your questions to the presenters at any time during the live broadcast, with no dialing over the phone! The audio and video stream directly through your computer. Web NAFCU email@example.com America/New_York public
CDFI Certification: A Door to external resources to expand your credit union’s capacity to serve its community
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