A spring-cleaning checklist for your overdraft program

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Roe Prior to joining JMFA, Mark was a sales manager in the Texas market for a major bank with headquarters on the West coast. His experience also includes managing the accounting, … Web: www.jmfa.com Details Spring is upon us, and with the coronavirus pandemic in full force, this season will present many serious challenges that we never could have expected. In an effort to continue serving your members’ best interests, especially in financial emergencies, this season also presents a chance to step back and take stock of your overdraft program. Is it functioning as it should? Use this checklist to guide you toward improvements.Get to know your members.Your overdraft program should exist to provide a valuable service and act as a safety net for members in times like these. This pandemic will hopefully pass sooner rather than later, but how you support members now can define your future relationship with them. Today’s users of overdraft services could be the same people who hold auto loans, mortgages and retirement accounts with your credit union. If they don’t utilize additional services with you today, they may down the road. Retaining and growing their business could depend a lot on how you treat them now. By getting to know their current situation and goals, you can offer better financial advisory services to help them reach those goals with your institution while helping them keep their heads above water now.Run the numbers.Successfully managed overdraft programs that provide full transparency to members should also allow you to track and measure results. Does your overdraft program have any red flags? Before the COVID-19 outbreak, were you returning more NSF or overdraft items than you’re paying, resulting in high losses? How has your program performed in years past? (If you don’t have the ability to run the numbers, that in itself is also a red flag.)Survey your employees.The difference between a successful overdraft program and one that goes unused often boils down to your employees. They’re on the front lines providing information about this service to members, so find out if your employees experience any pain points while explaining the program, or what kind of feedback they’re getting. Maybe some employees do not feel comfortable discussing the service, or are confused about how it’s run, so they don’t voluntarily bring it up. This represents a missed service opportunity for a member who wants this peace of mind, especially today.Focus on training and delivering a consistent message.Training is an essential aspect of a compliant and transparent overdraft service and can help your employees overcome obstacles in talking about it. Members should receive the same information and the same answers whether they are visiting a branch location or learning about your program from your website. However, due to turnover or inconsistent training, this doesn’t always occur at all financial institutions. But it needs to. With some staff working remotely at this time, take advantage of online training opportunities so they can be current on the best ways to communicate with members about your program.Mitigate your legal risk.A well-managed, constantly monitored overdraft program shouldn’t leave you with any compliance concerns. In light of recent litigation on a variety of issues, make sure to review your program disclosures. To ward off risk of overdraft/NSF fee demand letters, you can take precautions such as maintaining awareness of the issues attracting legal interest and committing to full disclosure and error resolution.Contact an expert.A third-party consultant with expertise in managing a fully transparent overdraft service can provide an overdraft program analysis to give you an idea of the compliance certainty and the non-interest income you could be achieving while continuing to support your members. Best of all, they take care of these “spring cleaning” duties all year long, so you can focus your time and energy on other projects and initiatives like delivering the very best experience for members.last_img read more

Tourism Ministry, Blue Bird team up to provide transportation for medical workers

first_imgThe Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry and taxi operator Blue Bird have agreed to cooperate in providing transportation services for medical workers who are treating COVID-19 patients in Jakarta.With the collaboration, Blue Bird will provide a total of seven buses and one minibus to transport medical workers between Gatot Soebroto Army Hospital (RSPAD), a COVID-19 referral hospital, and their hotels.“This aims to provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere for medical workers who have been carrying out their duties on the frontline by treating COVID-19 patients,” Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandion said in Jakarta on Tuesday. Blue Bird director Sigit Priawan Djokosoetomo said the buses and minibus could accommodate around 260 medical workers.Sigit said that Blue Bird’s crew and drivers would take several measures to ensure all crew members are healthy, with temperature checks part of daily protocol. The vehicles will also be routinely disinfected before and after trips.“We also provide hand sanitizers and hand gloves in every vehicle as well face masks […] for all of our drivers,” Sigit said.In addition to Blue Bird, the ministry is also cooperating with hotels to provide places to stay for medical workers who are treating COVID-19 patients. The collaboration was made possible after the ministry reallocated its budget and shifted its focus toward slowing the spread of COVID-19.With the collaboration, the ministry hopes that it will also help the transportation and hotel industries to survive the economic situation. Transportation and tourism are among the sectors that have been hit the hardest by the coronavirus. Topics :last_img read more

‘Average’ hurricane season likely says experts

first_img Tweet 8 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharecenter_img NewsRegional ‘Average’ hurricane season likely says experts by: – March 7, 2012 Sharing is caring! The famed Colorado State University hurricane forecasting team, led by William Gray and Phil Klotzbach, is expected to issue its hurricane season forecast on April 4BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday March 7, 2012 – Hurricane season is still a few months away in the Caribbean but businesses and homeowners are being given early indicators that this season should not be excessively fierce. The National Hurricane Center’s new director, Bill Read, said this week that they expect an average season, with 12 tropical systems, and around 6 becoming hurricanes, in contrast with last year’s busy season in which there were 19 storms. Read attributed this likelihood to the fact that sea surface temperatures is forecast to be cooler this year than in 2011.The hurricane season officially starts in the Caribbean and Atlantic on June 1 and ends on November 30 and the centre is expected to issue a more comprehensive forecast during the second half of May.On average, the Atlantic-Caribbean hurricane season brings 12.1 tropical storms, with 6.4 of those strengthening into hurricanes. The region is still in the midst of a multi-decade busy period, and 2011 saw 19 tropical storms, with seven growing into hurricanes, including three major ones.The famed Colorado State University hurricane forecasting team, led by William Gray and Phil Klotzbach, is expected to issue its hurricane season forecast on April 4 but a preliminary forecast released last December showed that they too were predicting an average season.Their December forecast stated that there was a 45% chance of this season featuring 12 to 15 named storms, seven to nine hurricanes, three to four of those being major ones.Weather Services International, a private weather forecaster, also released an early pre-season forecast in December predicting a relatively tame 2012 season with a total of 12 named storms and seven hurricanes.However, all these predictions aside, Read told reporters while attending the March 5 conference with representatives of other federal agencies to discuss hurricane forecasting and warning, that there was very little confidence in a forecast issued this far ahead of the season.“My guys don’t think seasonal forecasts have any meaningfulness,” he added, saying the Hurricane Center is focused on warning people so they get out of harm’s way.This is a stance shared by Gray and Klotzbach who stated on their website that the December 2011 forecast would be their last December forecast in future since their seasonal hurricane forecasts of the last 20 years “have not shown real-time forecast skill”.Read said at the conference on Monday that he was looking forward to the day when science had improved to the point where forecasters could reliably issue forecasts showing where a hurricane would be a week ahead of time.“We’re two to five years from a seven-day forecast,” Read said, but admitted that the Hurricane Center, which now issues five-day forecasts on the giant storms, did not want to issue a seven-day forecast until there is greater confidence in the predictions.“No one makes decisions based on that kind of forecast that can kill them,” Read said. “There is plenty of time to recover from a bad decision to play golf on Saturday when it’s Monday; it’s not going to kill you. If you start moving nursing home patients at seven days (ahead) you could kill them.”But, he said, better forecasts won’t help the public if they ignore them.“The biggest challenge is to crack the denial. If you haven’t cracked the `it won’t happen to me thought process’ you can do everything else right and they are going to say it won’t happen to me and not do it,” he said. “If you can get past the denial, the rest of it is not as difficult as you think.”Caribbean 360 Newslast_img