CU merger trends.

Although credit unions continue to leverage mergers to achieve scale and stay competitive in the marketplace, that strategy may be changing as more of them are turning to other options, such as purchasing a community bank or forming a partnership with a fintech for growth opportunities.

What’s more, a comprehensive analysis and review of the industry’s consolidations from 1979 to 2017 conducted by Filene Research Institute offered an in-depth look into whether mergers create value for credit union members. And one of the report’s surprising findings may alarm credit union executives who are looking to create marketplace scale through a “merger of equals” to strengthen their competitive position.

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