CU Trades Say Premium Not Needed Despite 1.26% Equity Ratio

The Normal Operating Level of the Share Insurance Fund, set by the National Credit Union Administration before the pandemic, is 1.38%. The ratio currently sits at 1.26% and at 1.20% the NCUA will be required to develop a restoration plan that will involve additional premiums on credit unions. The Credit Union National Administration, the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions and the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors all oppose a premium now, arguing that the ratio is higher because of economic stimulus payments to members and that charging credit unions additional premiums during an economic downturn is not a good plan.

CU Trades, Consumer Groups Endorse Senate Homeowner Assistance Bill

Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Senate Banking Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Senate Appropriations Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) have introduced legislation to create a $75 billion Homeowner Assistance Fund, designed to help homeowners hit by the coronavirus crisis. The fund is targeted to prevent avoidable foreclosures, evictions and utility shutoffs. Credit union trade groups are supportive.