WASHINGTON — Providing loans for things like taxicab medallions, crops and agricultural equipment are the bread and butter for many credit unions, which may have a “built-in competitive advantage in making these types of loans and unlocking the wealth contained in certain assets,” according to a new report.

In its report, “Taxicab Medallions and Heirloom Tomatoes to the Rescue,” the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a public policy organization, found that taxicab medallions secured 64% of the member business loans in the Albany, N.Y. region and in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago and other parts of the country, they comprise 85% of non-agricultural real estate loans from credit unions.

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