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Membership and lending growth, driven by auto loans, continue to power strong credit union results, according to the July’s Monthly Credit Union Estimates.“A combination of a strong economy, low interest rates and great service by credit unions has led to continued fast membership and loan growth,” said Jordan van Rijn, CUNA senior economist. “Memberships are increasing at the fastest pace since the 1980s, and loan growth is being driven by tremendous increases in auto loans, which saw the fastest monthly growth since the 1990s.”Credit union loans outstanding grew 1.1% in July, following a 1% increase in June. Other mortgage loans led loan growth during the month, rising 2.4%, followed by home equity loans (2%), new auto loans (1.6%), unsecured personal loans, credit card loans and used auto loans (all rising 1.3%), and fixed-rate mortgages (0.8%).Total credit union memberships grew 0.4% during July to 112.2 million. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
He had been drafted in by the Black Cats in December 2011 in a move craved for so long by many supporters, and his initial impact was little short of spectacular. However, having dragged Sunderland clear of the basement battle in which they were engaged on his arrival, he struggled to take them to the next level despite being allowed to invest around £22million in Scotland striker Steven Fletcher and England winger Adam Johnson during his only summer transfer window. By the time he was shown the door after a dour 1-1 home draw with 10-man Norwich, O’Neill’s legendary enthusiasm appeared to have deserted him. However, the Ulsterman is understood to be keen to return to the game, and the challenge of international football is one which appeals. It was perhaps significant that he was unable, despite several attempts, to persuade long-time ally John Robertson to join him on Wearside, and it would be no surprise if he wanted the Scot to do just that in Ireland. However, Robertson is currently recovering after suffering a suspected heat attack last month and that could preclude his involvement. Martin O’Neill could be handed the opportunity to become the new Ireland manager within days. Indeed, bookmakers had installed O’Neill as an overwhelming favourite for the post even before Giovanni Trapattoni’s exit on Wednesday. FAI chief executive John Delaney warned the following day that favouritism would not necessarily represent a pointer to his board’s decision. However, O’Neill’s name featured prominently in a list of potential candidates acknowledged by Delaney the previous day, and it appears that he could be ready to make his move in the hope of securing a deal as early as next week. Whether or not the new man, whoever it may be, will take up his post in time for next month’s penultimate World Cup qualifier in Germany remains to be seen. Ireland travel to Cologne on October 11, a day short of a year since they were trounced 6-1 by the same opposition at the Aviva Stadium, a result – or more accurately, a performance – which proved to be the beginning of the end for Trapattoni. They will bring down the curtain on a disappointing campaign at home to Kazakhstan four days later, and do not have another scheduled fixture until Serbia head for Dublin for a friendly in March next year. Should O’Neill be offered and accept the job, the trip to Germany could prove a daunting baptism. He has been out of football since losing his job at the Stadium of Light at the end of March with the club fighting for Barclays Premier League survival. It is understood the 61-year-old has been earmarked as the Football Association of Ireland’s number one target and that a formal approach is imminent. The news is hardly unexpected with sources close to the former Sunderland boss having indicated his willingness to talk to the FAI. Press Association
Matt StephensonLast month, sports betting data and trading specialist Betgenius launched its first-ever streaming service designed to help sportsbooks plug crucial gaps in their in-play betting schedules.The company’s Global Partnerships Director Matt Stephenson told SBC how Betgenius plans to offer its partners fresh and engaging content around the clock._______________________SBC: Hi Matt, thanks for this interview. Can you detail to SBC audiences why Betgenius has launched a live streaming service after so many years specialising in data and outsourced trading? MS:As part of the Genius Sports Group, Betgenius has access to a huge portfolio of official data rights which it provides to sportsbooks as either raw live data feeds or outsourced managed trading services.Launching a live streaming service was a natural evolution of these close relationships we have with sports; creating an official data product for betting is about helping leagues and federations grow their fanbase and attract new revenues – exactly the same can be said about streaming.However, we also wanted to bring something fresh and valuable to market. From a sportsbook perspective, we saw a growing need among operators to strengthen customer retention during quiet scheduling periods. Therefore, we are initially focusing on content which fills gaps in the live betting schedule, for example, fixtures played during midweek daytimes and overnight for operators in European time zones.SBC: What type of content is Betgenius offering to its partners? MS: Initially, our content is focused on football, basketball, volleyball and table tennis fixtures played across four continents – Europe, Asia, Africa and South America – and subsequently multiple timezones.This is a mixture of content derived from direct sports partnerships where our own data and video technology is used, along with content from third parties who hold the streaming rights. Through the latter for example, we are able to exclusively offer more than 35 Asian football competitions. SBC: What makes the service different?MS: Much of the new content we are offering has never been made available to sportsbook operators before. Yet perhaps the biggest strategic value to operators is the timing of these broadcasts.While streaming of high profile events is, of course, important, most sports fans would rather watch them on TV and not a bookmaker’s website. By focusing on fixtures played at off-peak times on, say, a Monday afternoon, when there are no Champions League or Premier League matches, our partners will offer a complete in-play experience, including live odds and footage.SBC: How does this streaming service dovetail with your live data and trading services?MS: Our entry into the streaming space is really an extension of our commitment to creating a symbiotic relationship between sports and betting. Like data, streaming is a mechanism for sports to commercialise and sportsbooks to engage customers and grow profits. By partnering with sports directly, we are able to provide our sportsbook partners with fast and reliable streaming content while ensuring the sports themselves receive a fair return from the betting sector.Alongside this new service we will be offering a full range of official data and trading services for every streamed fixture. These two elements are highly complementary and allow our partners to access a complete live content solution in one place. SBC: It was announced earlier this week that Betgenius sister company Genius Sports acquired live streaming specialists Oppia Performance. How does this translate to the services that you’re providing to sportsbooks?MS: Oppia Performance supplies an entire range of sports with their own live streaming and performance analysis capability, specialising in volleyball, basketball and an array of other indoor sports. It’s a hugely exciting acquisition which allows Genius Sports to offer an automated video production and distribution system to its global network of over 500 sports partners as GeniusLive.In the future Betgenius will gain access to official – low-latency, 4k HD – streaming content via these partnerships and Oppia’s know-how and technical capabilities will prove an invaluable asset as we roll out our new services to sports and bookmakers._______________________Matt Stephenson – Global Partnerships Director – Betgenius Share Scott Longley – Confusion reigns over FDC’s second betting rights deal July 14, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon Betgenius expands virtual sports range with Kiron August 20, 2020 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 Related Articles
Mason City’s First Ward councilman John Lee was our guest on “Ask the Mayor” on May 8th, 2019. Listen back to the program, which you can also download, via the audio player below.