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Global CU savingsloans surge says WOCCU report
MADISON, Wis. (7/9/10)--Credit unions in nearly all regions worldwide saw an increase in member savings and loan activity during 2009, according to World Council of Credit Unions' (WOCCU) newly released 2009 Statistical Report.
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The trend illustrates the increasingly more important roles that credit unions and other financial cooperatives worldwide played in their members' lives during last year's global recession, said WOCCU. Total savings for all responding credit unions reached more than $1.1 trillion, the most recorded since WOCCU began the annual survey in 1972. The rate of growth represents nearly a 15% increase compared with the $995 billion in savings reported in 2008. (All amounts are in U.S. dollars.) Loans were another indicator demonstrating strong growth over the previous year, climbing to nearly $912 billion from $847 billion in 2008. The increase is further accentuated in contrast to a slight decrease in loans globally between 2007 and 2008. Annual survey respondents from 97 countries reported that 49,330 credit unions served nearly 184 million members. In recent years, credit unions worldwide have seen notable growth in assets, membership, savings and other indicators. Cumulative assets reached nearly $1.4 trillion in 2009, up from $1.2 trillion in 2008, and reserves reached nearly $120 billion in 2009, up from slightly more than $115 billion in 2008. Strong financial performance demonstrates members' renewed faith in credit unions' resiliency during difficult economic times, said WOCCU. WOCCU has collected annual statistics on the international credit union movement for the past 37 years to produce its annual Statistical Report, and data are based solely on the number of countries responding to the survey. The only source for such comprehensive data on the global credit union movement, WOCCU's Statistical Report is widely cited by governments, international institutions and analysts. To download a free copy of the report, use the link.
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