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LEDYARD, Conn. — Credit unions are pretty squeaky clean in their business practices but that won’t exempt them from feeling the pinch of the current mortgage markets. However, it could open up some opportunities.

That was the general sense of the diverse set of economists addressing Members United’s Economic Forum. Kevin Hassett, an economic adviser for two presidential campaigns, noted that the current housing supply is 18 times the demand in a good year and new home construction “as deep in the tank as we’ve ever seen.” “It’s been a test of character for you and you’ve really come through,” Hassett said, highlighting that credit union delinquencies are a fraction of those at banks.

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