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News Now's Top 20 most-requested stories for 2012
MADISON, Wis. (1/4/13)--An article about Financial Partners CU's agreement to provide surcharge-free ATM access at all Walgreens in California was the most-requested News Now story of 2012.

Rounding out the top five stories were three articles related to security issues and an article noting credit unions' reputation.

The Top 20 stories of 2012 included:

20. NCUA names risks as 2012 supervisory priority

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (1/5/12)--While pointing out in its first letter to credit unions of the year (12-CU-01) that credit union finances continue to improve, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) also provided credit unions with a heads up on the risk issues it will be particularly tracking this year.

19. Survey shows continuing growth in CU reputation

WASHINGTON (2/23/12)--Credit unions outshone banks in consumers' perceptions of safety and soundness with 40% of respondents to a recent poll saying they believe credit unions are the safest financial institutions, compared to 34% naming banks. Nineteen percent of respondents said they trusted both types of institutions equally.

18. Gov. signs Calif. homeowner bill of rights

LOS ANGELES (7/13/12)--California Gov. Jerry Brown Wednesday signed the "Homeowner Bill of Rights" into law in Los Angeles. The bill will go into effect Jan. 1. Credit unions will be impacted by the legislation, which is the first of its kind in the U.S.

17. Compliance: Three questions CEOs should ask staff

WASHINGTON (3/9/12)--The Credit Union National Association's (CUNA) Comp Blog has released its latest compliance wrap-up, a monthly CompBlog feature that, in part, suggests important questions that credit union CEOs should be asking members of their staff.

16. New customer rankings: CUs only FI rated excellent

WABAN, Mass. (2/24/12)--Credit unions were the only financial institutions to receive "excellent" ratings in the Temkin Experience Ratings, which ranks the customer service across 18 industries. Credit unions ranked third across all industries.

15. Man deposits 20 years' worth of coins at CU

HERNDON, Va. (6/12/12)--George Shoemaker, a member of Northwest FCU, Herndon, Va., is proof that saving pocket change can pay off.

14. NCUA approves Corporate One/Southeast Corp. merger

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (2/17/12)--Corporate One FCU, Columbus, Ohio, and Southeast Corporate FCU, Tallahassee, Fla., have been officially approved to merge their operations by the National Credit Union Administration.

13. CUNA seeks CU info in massive breach

WASHINGTON (4/2/12)--The Credit Union National Association (CUNA)  is seeking specific credit union information from Visa and MasterCard in the wake of the disclosure Friday that the companies are notifying card-issuing credit unions and banks of a massive data breach at a third-party payments processor, Atlanta-based Global Payments Inc.

12. Trust in big banks collapses, CUs see largest gain

CHICAGO (7/25/12)--Only 21% of Americans surveyed trust the financial system, the lowest point on record since March 2009, according to the most recent Chicago Booth/Kellogg School Financial Trust Index. However, trust in credit unions increased, rising to 63% from 58%.

11. NCUA clarifies new call report questions' intent

WASHINGTON (1/11/12)--The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) has clarified that new questions addressing minority credit unions and workplace diversity, which were added to fourth quarter call report documents with no explanation from the agency as to why, are required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act.

10. CU reps among CFPB consumer advisory board members

WASHINGTON (9/12/12, updated 1:10 p.m. ET)--Two credit union representatives are among the 25 consumer experts from outside the federal government that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has appointed to form its new Consumer Advisory Board (CAB), which will provide advice to CFPB leadership on a consumer financial issues and emerging market trends.

9. Settlement could bring a $50 million cost for CUs

WASHINGTON (7/16/12)--Reduced credit card interchange rate fees--mandated as a result of an historic lawsuit settlement between merchants and credit card companies--could cost credit unions with credit card programs up to a total of $50 million, according to estimates by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).

8. Judge throws out ATM notice lawsuit vs. PSECU

HARRISBURG, Pa. (4/6/12)--A federal judge in Harrisburg, Pa., has dismissed a lawsuit that had alleged a credit union violated the Electronic Funds Transfer Act (EFT) with improper ATM fee notification, saying in his ruling that the credit union showed undisputed evidence that an unknown third party had removed its posted notice illegally.

7. CUs on a roll as 'best of the best'

MADISON, Wis. (3/27/12)--Communities across the nation continue to recognize credit unions as the best of the best in a variety of areas.

6. CNN Money: CUs are best borrowing alternative

NEW YORK (1/17/12)--Credit unions are the best borrowing alternative for consumers who are fed up with big U.S. banks, according to a Friday CNNMoney article.

5. Mobile banking security tops 10 security threats for 2012

MADISON, Wis. (1/10/12)--While credit unions gear up for what may be radical growth in mobile banking, they also must keep in mind that mobile security is the No. 1 security issue in the list of top 10 computer security threats for 2012, according to McAfee Labs.

4. CUNA confirms Visa, MasterCard notifying CUs, banks of breach

WASHINGTON (Updated: 6:50 p.m. ET 3/30/12)--The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) has confirmed that Visa and MasterCard are notifying card-issuing credit unions and banks of a possible massive data breach involving Atlanta-based Global Payments Inc., a third-party payment processor.

3. CUs have best reputation of any sector--survey

DENVER (5/14/12)--Credit unions were rated No. 1 in a new survey in which 5,000 consumers were asked to rate the reputation of 34 business sectors.

2. Top 25 stolen passwords for 2011 announced

LOS GATOS, Calif. (1/6/12)--What was the most stolen online password of 2011? "Password." Computer users who think switching the "o" to a zero to make it "passw0rd" didn't fare much better. Both are on the list of the 25 most common passwords used on the Internet this year, according to SplashData, a provider of password management applications.

1. CU, Walgreens sign pact for surcharge-free ATMs

DOWNEY, Calif. (1/24/12)--Financial Partners CU (FPCU) in Downey, Calif., said it has introduced several new technological features and services to better serve its members, including a recently signed agreement to provide surcharge-free ATM access at all Walgreens in California.


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