Archive Links

Consumer Archive
CU System Archive
Market Archive
Products Archive
Washington Archive
150x172_CUEffect.jpg
Contacts
LISA MCCUEVICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATIONS
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
MICHELLE WILLITSManaging Editor
RON JOOSSASSISTANT EDITOR
ALEX MCVEIGHSTAFF NEWSWRITER
TOM SAKASHSTAFF NEWSWRITER

News Now

Washington
Compliance: CUNA Clarifies Credit Rating Question
WASHINGTON (3/27/13)--Are credit unions still allowed to rely on credit ratings as they determine the acceptability of a given investment? Yes, Credit Union National Association Senior Vice President for Compliance Kathy Thompson said in a new CUNA CompBlog question and answer post.

In the post, Thompson clarified that credit unions are permitted to use credit ratings as one of many ways to determine the "investment grade" of a security.

As of June 11, the National Credit Union Administration will substitute "investment grade" wherever a specific credit rating appears in Section 703 of its regulations.

"This means that the credit union is required to analyze and be comfortable in concluding that the risk of default by the issuer is low and timely repayment of principal and interest is expected. The regulations suggest a list of eight factors a credit union may consider in its analysis. Although NCUA can't rely on a credit rating, there is nothing that prohibits a credit union from using credit ratings in its analysis," Thompson wrote.

The NCUA's Section 703 regulation on investments only applies to federal credit unions, Thompson noted. However, she added, if a federally insured state chartered credit union holds an investment not permissible for a federal credit union, it may be subject to special reserving on that investment.

"In Section 741.3, the NCUA points out that if a federally insured state chartered credit union relies upon a ratings-based investment permissible under state law, that credit union should go through the same 'investment grade' analysis that a federal credit union is now required to do," Thompson explained.

For more CUNA CompBlog compliance gems, use the resource link.
Other Resources

CUNA CompBlog
RSS





print
News Now LiveWire
.@MECreditUnions announces winner of @YoungFreeME #SoundOff contest. @Sassquatch_Band will play Old Port Festival in June @PDD_Downtown
4 hours ago
House Financial Services Com. to hold March 3 hearing to receive the semi-annual report of @CFPB Director Richard Cordray.
5 hours ago
Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) re-introduced bill to ease veterans' access to loans for #smallbusiness purposes from a #creditunion (HR 1133)
6 hours ago
You can get your subscription to @cuna 's free, daily, online #creditunion #news service News Now here: http://t.co/YtUejEmAYP
6 hours ago
CCUA hosts @TheNASCUS college for #creditunion directors http://t.co/CftpSXDKWx
9 hours ago