It happened. It took a bit longer than expected, but it happened. After 30 years of declining long-term interest rates in the United States, credit union executives may have witnessed the “bounce off the bottom” in the past few months.
The $3.9 billion Patelco Credit Union experienced its most profitable year in the Pleasanton, Calif.-based institution’s 76-year history, with a $55.5 million net profit and 1.48% return on assets. In fact, last year’s earnings were more than the total of $37 million earned from 2005 to 2011 combined.