The planned $4.6 billion, mega-merger of First Tech Credit Union and Addison Avenue FCU points to new industry thinking on future combinations of equals, according to Callahan & Associates.

The key or the critical outcome in any of these mergers is whether there will be real benefit to the members in new services, better rates etc and whether the merger strengthens the member relationship,” declared Jay Johnson, Callahan executive vice president. He also noted the just completed $1.4 billion consolidation of Detroit Edison CU and NuUnion CU of Lansing, Mich. into Lake Trust CU.

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