GROWING LOANS: FIND YOUR DIRECTION
updated 01/17/14 01:09 PM
Room to Expand in Mortgages
The most common concern expressed at almost any gathering of credit union executives for more than a year has been sluggish loan growth, according to Dwight Johnston, chief economist for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues.
He notes there are certainly some exceptions to this, but the overall tone of comments is confirmed by a historically low loan-to-share ratio in California and Nevada. Loan volume has not fallen, but overall loan portfolios have grown by only 1.5 percent from late 2012 to late 2013.
“California and Nevada credit unions do a very good job at generating mortgage loans,” he writes in the latest edition of Credit Union Digest. “In fact, mortgage originations by credit unions in our two states have exceeded the national average by a fair margin.”
But mortgage loan portfolios are virtually flat. During the refinance boom earlier this year, most credit unions opted to package and sell the mortgages rather than take on interest rate risk since rates are at record lows. It looks like a very good decision in hindsight.
However, putting cautious interest rate decisions aside, most credit unions simply couldn’t afford more exposure to real estate this past year.
ECONOMY 'WELL POSITIONED AND READY' updated
07/21/14 02:06 PM
CUs Can Look to Growth Areas
As the economy expands throughout the latter half of 2014, credit unions should focus particularly on the largest employment sectors and growth in these areas, according to California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues Chief Economist Dwight Johnston in his latest Credit Union Digest column.
NCUA TO INCORPORATE 'RBC' COMMENTS updated
07/21/14 01:22 PM
All Audio Sessions Posted Soon
The National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) three listening sessions in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Alexandria, VA are finished—and the agency said it’s “incorporating comments and ideas from the sessions into its work, including the ongoing review of the agency’s proposed risk-based capital rule.”
STORY ON CONGRESSMAN ISSA CLARIFIED updated
07/20/14 11:53 AM
'Misrepresents Facts,' Dykstra Says
Some within the credit union industry may have read the recently published Credit Union Times article regarding remarks from Rep. Darrell Issa, R-CA, in relation to the credit union movement.
HEARING: ROYCE ADDRESSES RBC CONCERN updated
07/18/14 11:59 AM
CU CEOs Comment on Record
Rep. Ed Royce, R-CA and a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, recently questioned a witness on the National Credit Union Administration's risk-based capital proposal during a committee legislative hearing.