Inflection points – like record-breaking inflation, skyrocketing interest rates, and reduced loan demand – have created challenges for credit unions.
Like any change, inflection points can create fear, uncertainty, and doubt. But they can also uncover new opportunities for growth, innovation, and success.
Jack Henry™ conducted a survey of 118 bank and credit union CEOs to identify strategic priorities in 2023 and 2024. The result is the 2023 Strategic Priorities Benchmark Study, which looks at industry trends and provides a peer benchmark so your credit union can develop a strategic plan, remain relevant, and capitalize on new opportunities as they emerge.
According to the study, improving operational efficiency, growing deposits, and increasing loans are among the top strategic priorities for credit unions over the next two years.
Credit unions are investing in technology to streamline operations, automate manual processes, and reduce costs to drive growth and member satisfaction. If increasing operational efficiency is your goal, get proficient with using analytics tools and streamline your back-office processes.
You’ll also need to modernize your core and implement cloud-based solutions. With a modern, cloud-native tech stack, you’ll reap the benefits of continuous innovation and deployment, improving speed to market and reducing the resources required to make changes.
Inflation has caused interest rates to increase, loan demand to decrease, and deposits to decline. There’s now an urgency for credit unions to strengthen existing deposit relationships and grow deposits.
But in addition to being an important strategic priority, growing deposits is also one of the most difficult goals to achieve.
The best deposit strategies are targeted, tiered, segmented, and strategic. To attract and retain members, offer innovative deposit products and personalized services.
Leverage technology solutions and digital platforms to streamline account-opening processes, offer convenient mobile banking options, and create personalized experiences that resonate with your members.
Soaring interest rates, rising inflation, and a looming recession impacted both loan demand and borrowers’ ability to repay. While loan momentum has slowed, delinquencies and charge-offs have risen.
Capture market share by proactively tailoring your loan offerings to specific markets and segments instead of just reacting to economic conditions. Offer competitive interest rates, flexible loan terms, and quick loan approvals.
Implement lending strategies specific to your borrowers’ lifestyles, and target niche segments by meeting borrowers where they are.
Expand your share of small- and medium-sized business (SMB) lending by leveraging digital-first, relationship banking. Rising rates make it harder for SMBs to secure loans, so use your knowledge of the markets your SMBs serve to mitigate credit risk and offer more attractive financing.
Understanding your peers’ strategic plans and priorities can help you develop and refine your own strategy, equipping you to innovate faster, close strategic gaps, and capture market share.
CTA: Download the full 2023 Strategic Priorities Benchmark Study. This valuable tool for strategic planning and decision-making has insights to help you leverage technology solutions, align your near- and long-term direction with industry trends and best practices, and identify emerging opportunities.
It will allow you to innovate in the areas that have the greatest impact on your growth, success, and ability to best serve your members and your community.