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Mergers like the big First Tech-Addison Avenue combination seem certain to become more prevalent in the next 18 to 24 months, according to former NCUA Chairman Dennis Dollar.

Speaking out last week on the planned $4.6 billion merger underway between the two West Coast giants, First Tech CU of Beaverton, Ore. and Addison Avenue FCU of Palo Alto, Calif., Dollar said, “The only thing preventing more voluntary mergers of healthy credit unions are the field of membership issues involved with community chartered federal credit unions.” Those are issues not in play for SEG-based First Tech and Addison, he said.

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