MONTPELIER, Vt. (9/18/12)--Vermont credit unions are growing and are highly ranked in six of eight key financial metrics, as well as seeing growth in member business lending (MBL).
Vermont's federally and state-chartered credit unions ranked in the top 10 in the categories of:
- Asset growth;
- Return on average assets;
- Deposit growth;
- Loan growth; and
- Net charge-offs (delinquent loans) as a share of total loans (Times Argus Sept. 17).
Also, with banks--in particular large regional banks--implementing more stringent lending standards, credit unions have seen expansion in MBLs, Joe Bergeron, president of the Association of Vermont Credit Unions, told the newspaper.
Credit unions in the state have remained solid, partly because Vermont was able to avoid "the extremes of the economy" such as larges layoffs and plunging home values that hit other parts of the nation after the financial crisis of 2008, Bergeron told the paper.
Although many Vermont credit unions rapidly are approaching the federal MBL cap of 12.25% of total assets, they are getting more requests for MBLs, Bergeron added.
Ten of the 26 credit unions in the state make MBL loans, with an average loan amount of $156,402, the paper said.
The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and credit unions are urging Congress to increase credit unions' MBL cap to 27.5% of assets from 12.25% so that more loans could be made to small businesses, considered a staple in the economy. CUNA and credit unions say that increasing credit unions' MBL cap would open up more opportunity to offer MBLs, inject $13 billion in business loans into the economy and create as many as 140,000 new jobs, with no cost to taxpayers.