The lending environment is undergoing an evolution. The continual entry of new players—especially on the Internet—has sharpened competitive knives that are cutting into credit union income. Business loans are an avenue for lenders to travel, since non-interest income is becoming so critical to survival.
With much more at stake, it is no surprise that credit union service organizations are sounding the alarm louder than credit unions regarding an NCUA proposal that would alter how CUSO relationships are regulated.
Did the credit union industry do enough to persuade legislators to include an amendment that would have raised the member business lending cap in a newly signed $30 billion small business lending law?
When the Recovery Act made it possible for credit unions and other lenders to take advantage of a 90% guarantee from the SBA, as of April, small business owners received their share of $23 billion.
The SBA's Office of Inspector General has confirmed it is reviewing a sample of 300 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act loans as a usual oversight measure and not because those loans have a tendency for a higher number of defaults.
There's just no comparison between a foreclosure or walk-away from a $5.4 billion Manhattan 56-building complex and a defaulted loan on a small retail space in a strip mall.