April 20, 2017

NCUA: NCUSIF at 1.26%; no further TCCUSF assessments expected

The National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund had an equity ratio of 1.26 percent as of March 31, staff told NCUA's board during Thursday's open meeting. An update on the Temporary Corporate Credit Union Stabilization Fund showed that no further assessments are expected.

NCUA Chief Financial Officer Rendell Jones delivered the quarterly update on the NCUSIF, reporting that the fund ended the first quarter (March 31) with a net position of $12.9 billion. Since the deadline for credit unions to make their 1 percent NCUSIF deposit adjustments was April 17, this ratio does factor in those changes.

Last November, NCUA staff estimated a potential NCUSIF premium charge in 2017 of 3 to 6 basis points. NAFCU is monitoring the fund's financials and pushing the NCUA to only assess a premium charge if it becomes legally necessary. The law only requires a premium if the NCUSIF equity ratio falls below 1.2 percent, but the agency's current analysis indicates that is not expected to happen this year.

Jones, also delivering a quarterly report on the TCCUSF, said the stabilization fund's net income for year-end 2016 was $993 million and that no further stabilization fund assessments are currently anticipated.

NAFCU continues to urge the NCUA to explore any options that would allow the agency to issue TCCUSF rebates to credit unions before 2021. Credit unions have paid $4.8 billion in assessments since the creation of the fund in 2009. The fund is scheduled to close in 2021.

During questioning, NCUA Acting Chairman J. Mark McWatters again mentioned his proposal to close the TCCUSF early and wrap it into the NCUSIF. Jones noted that research is being done on this idea.

NAFCU continues to update its "NCUA Money Watch" page, which keeps tabs on the NCUA's budget and finances. NAFCU will provide ongoing updates there on the TCCUSF and the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund; the page also provides links to more comprehensive coverage of NAFCU's advocacy efforts.

The board on Thursday also approved proposed changes to an Illinois member business lending rule. While there are variations between the proposal and NCUA's rule, staff said the proposal is not expected to cause safety-and-soundness concerns or result in an unacceptable exposure to the NCUSIF.