Thaler: MBL relief will allow CUs to help more small biz
NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler wrote to members of a House Small Business subcommittee ahead of its hearing today on how to kick start entrepreneurship and Main Street economic recovery to reiterate the association’s call for relief for credit unions from the arbitrary member business lending (MBL) cap.
In the letter sent Wednesday, Thaler noted credit unions' participation in the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) paycheck protection program (PPP), which has “helped countless main street small businesses survive the lockdowns required by the current pandemic.”
Thaler urged the committee to consider several changes to the Federal Credit Union (FCU) Act as they begin to examine the long-term recovery of small businesses that will allow credit unions to continue to provide much-needed access to capital to their members.
Specifically, Thaler noted the arbitrary restrictions contributing to the MBL cap under the FCU Act and reiterated the association’s call for relief from the MBL cap amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“As the country faces recovery from the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, many credit unions have the ability to go beyond SBA programs to help small businesses create jobs and stimulate the economy,” wrote Thaler. “However, due to the outdated and arbitrary MBL cap, that ability is hampered. Providing relief from the cap would help provide economic stimulus and create jobs without using taxpayer funds.”
Thaler went on to voice the association’s support for H.R. 6789, the Access to Credit for Small Businesses Impacted by the COVID-19 Crisis Act of 2020, introduced by Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., which includes a provision that allows for temporary relief from the MBL cap for loans to help small businesses recover from the crisis. Similar legislation was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.
Both bills would allow credit unions with CAMEL rating of 1 or 2 to exempt from their MBL cap loans made within the year from when the national emergency that was declared on March 13, 2020, expires to small businesses to aid in their recovery of the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, both bills would also extend changes to the NCUA's Central Liquidity Facility (CLF) made by the CARES Act through 2021.
NAFCU will monitor the hearing today and will continue fighting for relief for the credit union industry as the nation recovers from the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.
Add to Calendar 2020-12-04 14:00:00 2020-12-04 14:00:00 Give Your Members the Gift of Fraud Protection for the Holidays The holiday season will look different this year for a lot of reasons. But one that many credit unions are gearing up for is new fraud attacks. Digital fraud and scams will potentially be worse than ever before, with the increase in digital shopping, and the commencement of holiday sales and black Friday deals. In order for you and your members to enjoy this season, you’ll want to be aware and prepared. So, we’re talking with Ann Davidson, Vice President of Risk Consulting at Allied Solutions, about how to get out ahead of these risks with key prevention methods and education for members. PROGRAM UNDERWRITTEN BY Key Takeaways What new forms of fraud should your credit union be prepared for this holiday season? How has this changed from previous years, given the pandemic’s impact? What can your credit union do to mitigate these risks? Register Now For On-Demand AccessRegistration is complimentary, but you must register to attend.One registration gives your entire credit union access to the on-demand recording until December 4, 2021.Already registered? Go to the Online Training Center to view live. Who Should Attend? NAFCU Certified Risk Managers (NCRMs) NAFCU Certified Compliance Officers (NCCOs) NAFCU Certified Bank Secrecy Officers (NCBSOs) Compliance staff BSA staff Risk staff Education Credits NCRMs will receive 1.5 CEUs for participating in this webinar. NCCOs will receive 1.5 CEUs for participating in this webinar. NCBSOs will receive 1.5 CEUs for participating in this webinar. CPA credit information is below; recommended 1.5 CPE credits. CPA Certification Credit Information Reviewer: Josie Collins, Associate Director of Education, NAFCU Learning Objectives: What new forms of fraud should your credit union be prepared for this holiday season? How has this changed from previous years, given the pandemic’s impact? What can your credit union do to mitigate these risks? Program Level: Basic Prerequisites Needed: None Advance Preparation Needed: None Delivery Method: Group Internet-Based Recommended CPE Credits: 1.5 credits Recommended Field of Study: Regulatory Ethics – Technical National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. Learn more. About Our Webinars Our webinars are streamed live from NAFCU headquarters near Washington, D.C. Your audio/video feed of the presenters includes presentation slides and downloadable handouts. You can easily submit your questions to the presenters at any time during the live broadcast, with no dialing over the phone! The audio and video stream directly through your computer. Web NAFCU firstname.lastname@example.org America/New_York public
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Add to Calendar 2020-12-02 09:00:00 2020-12-02 09:00:00 The Evolving Credit Crisis- How Credit Unions Can Respond Now Listen On: Key Takeaways: [03:32] Banks are reporting minimum increases in the things you would expect to see as warning signs like charge-off rates and delinquency rates. [11:20] Sophisticated modeling techniques are models that are built from lots of historical information, can tie variables together, and anticipate credit losses. [17:29] The credit unions that have a good understanding of their membership, markets, loan portfolios, and the ability to get some insight into those analytics may see some opportunities to expand into other product types. Web NAFCU email@example.com America/New_York public
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