NASHVILLE, Tenn.-When flooding forced the closing of a half-dozen branches last week here, several credit unions pointed to the relief offered by having shared branches available elsewhere at which members could conduct business.

While convenient for credit union and member alike, those types of disasters aren't really the driving force in the ongoing growth of shared branching at credit unions. Instead, says proponents, it's several new technologies that have been developed that are helping overcome several long-standing obstacles to even greater adoption of the concept.

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