Private insurance could be an easy way out for credit unions wishing to become banks. But will the FDIC welcome them in?
Those who help credit unions turn into banks say business is picking up.
Boston-area credit union founded in 1917 now to make move to mutual co-operative bank charter.
Members will cast their vote Monday on whether to convert the $1.8 billion HarborOne CU in Brockton, Mass., to a mutual co-operative bank charter.
Special meeting date falls 13 months after Boston-area credit union first announced its intentions.
Now there are two large credit unions, the $1.8 billion HarborOne Credit Union of Brockton, Mass., and the $1.5 billion Technology CU of San Jose, Calif., making plans to convert to mutual bank charters.
One conversion specialist said he sees more ready to make the switch.
Longtime customers of Thrivent Financial Bank, an Appleton, Wis.-based bank with credit union roots, may experience confusion and feelings of déjà vu in the coming months as the bank returns to being a credit union.
Credit union leaders have not said much about the news that Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is narrowing the business focus of its subsidiary Thrivent Financial Bank and launching a credit union for the bank's retail business.
If credit unions were subject to income taxes, they would lose a key part of what makes them unique, but experts are divided as to whether it would create a stampede of bank conversions.