MADISON, Wis. (2/22/11)--An enhanced version of the Credit Union Financial Counseling Certification Program (FiCEP) is available to credit union staff as a result of a collaboration between the National Credit Union Foundation's REAL Solutions initiative, Credit Union National Association’s Center for Professional Development (CUNA CPD), and the Arkansas, Illinois, Mississippi, and Virginia credit union leagues. Through FiCEP, a self-study program offered by CUNA, credit union employees learn financial counseling and how to assist members with financial difficulties. Previously, FiCEP students had the option of attending a face-to-face school or learning through self-study. The enhanced version includes self-study guides, eight webinars (one per module), and two in-person meetings. The eight webinars review the printed materials and add real-life experiences. The in-person meetings include networking, education and proctored exams.
DES MOINES, Iowa (2/22/11)--Jeff Russell, president/CEO of TMG Financial Services (TMGFS), will lead a free, one-hour webinar of best credit card practices in the post-Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act world at 11 a.m. CT today. Topics to be discussed include managing risk and rate compression. The webinar will also explore how to run an efficient portfolio as the rules of the CARD Act continue to be defined. As an agent-issuer with a business model unlike most credit card issues, TMGFS has had an accelerated view of the ramification of the landmark CARD Act, Russell said. “Within our own portfolio, we have a unique view of how the CARD Act impacts a variety of metrics,” he said. “As the first anniversary of the CARD Act approaches, we want to offer insight and tips, as well as identify potential pitfalls, so credit unions can learn from our experiences.” The webinar will not include a discussion of selling credit cards portfolio, Russell emphasized. TMG’s core products include credit, debit, ATM and prepaid solutions, and online reporting, item processing, ACH, ALM and printing services.