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CUNA's Pressing Economic Issues Series offered on Apple

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MADISON, Wis. (1/17/13)--The CUNA Pressing Economic Issues Series is now accessible on Apple products, including Mac computers and iPads.

The series features 30-minute economic updates provided by Bill Hampel, CUNA senior vice president of research and policy analysis and chief economist; Mike Schenk, CUNA vice president of economics and statistics; and Steve Rick, CUNA senior economist.

"These three economists provide invaluable insight to CUNA and credit unions, and improving access is a win," said Kevin Smith, CUNA director of volunteer education.

For iPad users, sessions can be accessed by downloading the free mobile player application, Articulate. Mac users can now follow the subscription link on the CUNA Pressing Economic Issues Series page.

Now offered on the 15th of each month, the CUNA Pressing Economic Issues Series helps subscribers stay informed about pressing issues that specifically impact credit unions and discover the trends to watch as they prepare themselves for challenges ahead.

CO-OP Financial Services reaches 25 billion transactions in 2012

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RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (1/17/13)--CO-OP Financial Services set new records in annual, monthly and daily transaction volume during 2012--including 2.5 billion transactions for the year.

"It was another good year for CO-OP Card Payment services, reflecting the slowly improving economy," said Stan Hollen, president/CEO of the processor of electronic payments by credit union members. "With the resolution of fiscal issues and continued economic improvement, we hope to see an even stronger year in 2013."

The 2.5 billion transaction figure for 2012 is a 13.6% increase over the 2.2 billion processed in 2011. It includes cardholder debit, credit, ATM and shared-branch payments. The company exceeded the two billion transaction mark for the first time in 2010, and reached the one billion milestone originally in 2004.

In addition to the new annual mark, CO-OP reached a new single month transaction record in December with 230 million transactions. On Dec. 22, the company established a new single day transaction record with nine million payments processed.

CO-OP has 3,500 credit unions as clients, which includes 30 million credit union cardholders.