Volume of commercial real estate (CRE) and commercial and industrial (C&I) loans trended high through 2016 and early 2017, and many U.S. financial institutions remain focused on expanding these two areas of lending. A 2016 Sageworks poll of bank and credit union professionals found that 42% named CRE lending the primary focus for growth in their 2017 loan portfolio, while 39% pointed to C&I lending as the core of their growth strategy.

Whether a credit union ultimately favors growth of C&I loans or loans secured by CRE, prudent credit unions can ensure portfolio security by incorporating best practices for lending strategy, the origination process and portfolio management.

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