NCUA Encouraging Credit Unions to Make Small-Dollar, Short-Term Loans

Amid the pandemic crisis, credit unions and banks should offer members and customers safe short-term, small-dollar loans that would mitigate the need for borrowers to re-borrow to repay loans, federal banking regulators, including the National Credit Union Administration, said Wednesday.

“Federally supervised financial institutions are well-suited to meet the credit needs of customers affected by the current COVID-19 emergency,” the NCUA, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Federal Reserve Board and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said in a joint statement.

Federal Reserve Board Does Not Intend To Reimpose Limits on Savings Withdrawals

The Federal Reserve has no plans to reinstitute a rule that limits consumers to six transactions a month from their savings account.

Last month the Fed released an interim final rule revising so-called “Regulation D,” which imposed the limit. At the time, Fed officials indicated the rule was being loosened because of the coronavirus crisis. Consumers likely have a more urgent need for access to their funds by remote means, the Fed said.