NAFCU to NCUA: Preserve alternative dollar limit under public unit, nonmember shares

In a letter to the NCUA Monday, NAFCU’s Andrew Morris shared the association’s support for its proposal to allow federal credit unions (FCUs) to receive public unit and nonmember shares up to 50 percent of paid-in and unimpaired capital and surplus less any public unit and nonmember shares.

“The current 20 percent limit on public unit and nonmember shares – first established 31 years ago – does not reflect significant, intervening changes within the credit union industry,” wrote Morris, NAFCU’s senior counsel for research and policy. “The credit union system today is well capitalized, healthy, and operates under a host of modern safety and soundness regulations.”

Under current regulation, all FCUs eligible to receive public unit and nonmembers shares are limited to 20 percent of the credit union’s total shares or $3 million, whichever is greater. NAFCU supports the higher limit as it better enables FCUs – particularly those that are low-income designated – to grow and safely expand access to financial services within their communities.

While the proposed rule would eliminate the waiver option in exchange for a higher general limit and modify the method by which the limit is measured, Morris recommended that the NCUA retain the alternative dollar limit and consider increasing it to at least $5 million to ensure that smaller credit unions that rely on a large volume of nonmember shares obtain relief.


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