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Depending on which analysis you follow, between 22 and 24 credit unions sold their credit card portfolios and entered into an agent-issuing agreement with purchasers in 2009, according to NCUA data.

This either equaled or surpassed by two the record-low number of CUs that one brokerage recorded as selling in 2008. The brokerage firms agreed that more card assets changed hands in 2009 than in the previous year, while remaining significantly lower than the number of card assets that moved in previous years.

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