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The first acquisition of a bank by a credit union occurred back in 2012. Since then, the market has seen a wide range of acquisitions made by credit unions – from FDIC-insured banks to OCC-regulated banks to converted mutuals. The trend of both state- and federally-chartered credit unions buying banks has grown in number and scale.

In looking at the last eight years of activity, trends have formed answering the all-important questions of why credit unions look to buy banks:

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