A natural tension exists between industry and regulators that can be healthy and helps keep both on their toes. But when a loss of respect occurs on either side, and currently on both sides, it becomes counterproductive.
In 1997, the Treasury Department performed a study aimed at improving credit unions.
Federal accounting rules, deteriorating securities and an increasing corporate bailout price tag are hurdles the NCUA will have to overcome in its quest to rid corporates of toxic investments.
This isn't a rehashing of the corporate credit unions' problems or legacy assets or placing blame. We'll learn about the agency's plans for the legacy assets soon enough (though it has been some time coming). This is about the discovery of next steps.
The NCUA will soon reveal April's 1% capitalization deposit adjustment, expected along with the agency's March financial statements.
NCUA Director of Public and Congressional Affairs John McKechnie said the regulator is sensitive to how NCUSIF deposit premiums and special assessments could "exacerbate adverse trends" for credit unions.
Stuart Perlitsh said we build capital thru earnings (Feb. 24 Letter), while Tom Dorety thinks we need to build capital through some new alternative capital (March 10 Letter).
As credit union management and boards learn more about the amount of toxic assets in corporate and natural person credit unions, their conclusion about assessments changes from "something we have to live with" to "we can't live with that."
The credit union merger scene appears to be in a funk as 2010 gets under way.
The credit union culture is not only too big to fail-it's too important to fail.