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As credit card portfolios at both banks and credit unions have improved in performance, return and profitability, credit card loans have become a more attractive investment vehicle, spurring a market in securities backed by credit card loans and participation in a CUSO that specializes in agent issuing cards for credit unions.

The CUSO, TMG Financial Services, associated with payment processor The Members Group in Des Moines, Iowa, buys credit union credit card portfolios and issues cards in agent relationships with the credit union sellers. It also operates a Collateralized Advance Program which allows credit unions to loan the CUSO money it uses to purchase the portfolios and earn a return on their loans.

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