LAS VEGAS — Given the current focus on how to replace lost investment revenue, how can corporates promise members they won’t again leverage risk and experience a fourth systemic crisis? Jim McKeon, treasurer of the board at New York’s $1.6 billion Municipal Credit Union, challenged a corporate credit union breakout panel today, saying that given all the focus on “making money,” he thinks anyone who invests in corporates is “out of their minds.” His question drew loud applause from attendees.

Panelist Mike Mercer, president/CEO of the Georgia Credit Union Affliates, responded, saying natural person credit unions forced corporates to leverage risk in pursuit of yield. Members would threaten to leave their corporate over just three basis points of returns, he said.

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