ALEXANDRIA, Va. (6/18/09)—In a recent National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) legal opinion letter, the agency addressed a query regarding whether federal credit unions can offer investment advice services. NCUA Associate General Counsel Sheila Albin wrote that an employee of such an institution cannot provide investment advice that would subject the employee or the federal credit union to federal or state securities laws. However, she added, the credit union may establish a shared employee arrangement with a third-party registered investment adviser so that an employee can act as an employee of a third-party registered investment adviser. Also, Albin stated, a credit union may also act as a finder or offer investment adviser services through a credit union service organization (CUSO). The NCUA opinion further noted that firms and individuals offering advisory account services must be registered as Registered Investment Advisers,” and that while banks have an exemption from the requirement, federal credit unions do not. To read the complete letter, use the resource link below.