Credit Union Community Divided Over CUSO Expansion Plan

There is a lot of disagreement about whether a proposed rule that would expand the types of activities that Credit Union Service Organizations can engage in, including originating any type of loan that a federal credit union may originate, will be beneficial or disastrous to various credit unions. The National Credit Union Administration has extended the comment period for another 30 days.

Comments Mostly Support NCUA’s Risk-Based Net Worth Rule

National Credit Union Administration Chairman Todd Harper thinks the proposed rule is “half-baked” but credit union trade groups are endorsing a proposal to increase the threshold for credit unions to be defined as “complex.” The proposed rule states that any risk-based net worth requirement would only apply if a credit union has more than $500 million in assets at a quarter’s end. The definition impacts the effect of the Risk-Based Capital Rule that goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2022.

House Sponsors High on Marijuana Banking Passage

House supporters of marijuana banking legislation are feeling confident that their bill, named The SAFE Banking Act of 2021, will pass the House (as it did in the last session) and then a version of it, unlike last session, will be considered in the Senate. The bill would provide a safe harbor for credit unions and banks that provide services to cannabis-related businesses in states where marijuana is legal. Currently those businesses are forced to operate on a cash basis.

NCUA Board Approves Interim Final Rule on Asset Reporting

Due to the rapid and unexpected balance sheet growth at credit unions that occurred as a result of the pandemic stimulus payments, the National Credit Union Administration board approved an interim final rule that will allow large credit unions to use asset data from the end of March 2020 to determine if they are subject to stress testing and capital planning. The rule will be in effect during 2021 and 2022.