CU 2.0 Fintech Friday: Unadat

It’s CU 2.0 Fintech Friday! Today, Chris Otey sits down with Unadat to discuss all things credit union, fintech, and digital innovation.

There is over $3,000,000,000,000 in outstanding personal debt in the U.S. right now. That’s three trillion. That’s the numeral 3 followed by twelve zeros. That’s enough to buy the New York Yankees more than 800 times. In short? That’s a lot.

Unadat seeks to help people outsmart their debt. Unadat works with mission-driven organizations like DCU to help people improve their credit scores and save on debt payments.

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CU 2.0 Fintech Friday: Tunnel

It’s CU 2.0 Fintech Friday! Today, Chris Otey sits down with Tunnel to discuss all things credit union, fintech, and digital innovation.

Tunnel is a forward-thinking payment system that seeks to provide better payment rails. Their platform is built on distributed ledger technology (DLT), which has two significant benefits: security and scalability.

The reality is that current payment rails have been around since at least the 80s. Considering how different the world of payments is now than it was then, it’s almost unimaginable to think that we’ve been relying on outdated technology for so long.

Older payment rails have good—but not great—security, speed, scalability, and associated cost. However, Tunnel saw room for improvement.

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CU 2.0 Fintech Friday: Project Finance

It’s CU 2.0 Fintech Friday! Today, Chris Otey sits down with Project Finance to discuss all things credit union, fintech, and digital innovation.

Project Finance is a white-label online and mobile banking platform for banks and credit unions. Their platform is designed to assist members and customers with their financial goals. They do that by providing a layer of digital advice and guidance throughout the online banking experience, especially at the decision points people have when managing their money online.

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CU 2.0 Fintech Friday: Paerpay

It’s CU 2.0 Fintech Friday! Today, Chris Otey sits down with Paerpay to discuss all things credit union, fintech, and digital innovation.

Every now and then, a fintech comes along to disrupt an industry. Paerpay decided to disrupt the industry. That’s right: there’s a new payment system in town for the service industry, and it might be just what we all needed.

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Crying Out for an End to Overdraft Fees? Meet Grain Technology

Probably the single most despised charge at financial institutions is the overdraft fee – and a NerdWallet survey of the exact charges imposed by a selection of mid-sized (Navy Federal) through mammoth (Chase) institutions found fees at $20 (Navy Federal) and as high as $39 (KeyBank).

$35 is a particularly common charge in the survey.

Rapacious greed.

Ask yourself this. You present a Visa card at WalMart and the card is declined (and you know it’s because the balance is overextended and a payment is late).  Does the cashier say, “Sorry, bud, card declined and now you owe us another $35 for being a nuisance.”

That does not happen.

You walk out without your purchase, but you aren’t dinged for a nuisance charge.

Overdrafts are different. Charges are the norm, even though at the financial institution, all that happens is that bits and bytes shuffle around on a computer screen.

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