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Credit unions increased short-term borrowings at the beginning of 2009 but reduced their liabilities amid a flood of deposits.
Now is the time to think about funding balance sheets during recovery.
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With a design that withstands serious economic stress, credit unions saw posted near-record loan growth while other institutions are scaling back.
Many credit unions are not looking at loan protfolios heavily populated with fixed-rate loans originated during a (fairly lengthy) period of historically low-term interest rates.
By revamping an existing business lending program, Randolph-Brooks drove dramatic growth without compromising their strong member service.
Members 1st FCU finds early success with recent launch of private student lending solution.
As loan demand remains solid, credit unions are actively managing their liquidity. Borrowings are on the rise, up 74.1% over the past 12 months among credit unions participating in Callahan & Associates’ First Look program.
The Fed’s just-released March Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey reported banks are continuing to tighten mortgage lending standards. Meanwhile, credit unions are reporting double-digit increases in mortgage volume.
Total credit union borrowing rose in 2007, even as fewer credit unions reported outstanding balances. As credit unions continue to see increased loan demand, total borrowing may continue to rise.