Morris Plan banks, which began the same time as credit unions, were the original consumer bank lending success. Their growth far surpassed credit unions. There are none left today. Is there a message for credit unions seeking scale by buying whole banks in this example? Chip Filson looks into the now extinct banks.
David Baumann of the Washington CU Daily reports that the Independent Community Bankers of America and the American Bankers Association have criticized the National Credit Union Administration for a final rule allowing low-income, complex and new credit unions to issue subordinated debt.
Saying a credit union “merged with” instead of “acquired” a bank may seem trivial, but Chip Filson doesn’t think so. He says it blurs the lines between the two different financial institutions and weakens the cooperative nature of credit unions.
Merger, acquisition, are they really that different? Chip Filson thinks so, and says bank acquisitions are not in the interest of existing members.
When it comes to supporting start up financial institutions, the banking industry is beating the credit union industry at its own game. Vic Pantea shares the FDIC’s commitment to de novos and what the NCUA can learn from them.
A startling number of people know absolutely nothing about credit unions. Do they have mobile banking? Are they open for anyone to join? Are they even insured? Coming from the perspective of someone who once believed these things, Emily Claus examines the most common misconceptions regarding credit unions and where they can be corrected.
This Valentine’s Day, Kasey Hawkins is looking to break up with the banks by calling on her credit union to make an appealing offer and lure her away from the clutches of big banks once and for all. Will she succeed?
Why do bank shareholders get a better deal during an acquisition by a credit union than member-owners in a credit union merger? Chip Filson breaks down the financial details of the two, and wonders why merged credit union owners get a raw deal.
Why did the American Bankers Association feel the need to hide behind a proxy for their explorecreditunions.com registration? Supervising Editor Esteban Camargo dives into the recent drama surrounding the ABA and why credit unions don’t need to resort to shady tactics.