Conversion of Insured Credit Unions to Mutual Savings Banks
NCUA is updating its rule regarding conversion of insured credit unions to mutual savings banks (MSBs). The amendments require a converting credit union to provide its members with additional disclosures about the conversion before conducting a member vote. The amendments also require the vote to be by secret ballot and conducted by an independent entity. Finally, the amendments require a federally- insured State credit union to provide NCUA with conversion related information about the law of the State where the credit union is chartered.
Loan Interest Rates
The current 18 percent per year federal credit union maximum loan rate is scheduled to revert to 15 percent on March 9, 2005, unless otherwise provided by the NCUA Board (Board). A 15 percent ceiling would restrict certain categories of credit and adversely affect the financial condition of a number of federal credit unions. At the same time, prevailing market rates and economic conditions do not justify a rate higher than the current 18 percent ceiling. Accordingly, the Board hereby continues an 18 percent federal credit union loan rate ceiling for the period March 9, 2005 through September 8, 2006. The Board is prepared to reconsider the 18 percent ceiling at any time should changes in economic conditions warrant.
Mergers of Federally-Insured Credit Unions; Voluntary Termination or Conversion of Insured Status
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) is issuing final revisions to its rule on credit union mergers, federal share insurance terminations, and conversions from federal share insurance to nonfederal insurance. The final rule establishes disclosure requirements to ensure that members have the opportunity to be fully and properly informed before they vote on whether to convert from federal insurance to nonfederal insurance. The rule provides protections to members who may lose federal insurance because they have large insured accounts at two federally-insured credit unions that are merging or they have term accounts at a federally-insured credit union that is converting to nonfederal insurance. The rule also requires merging credit unions to analyze the premerger requirements imposed on credit unions by the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and provides other miscellaneous updates to the existing rule governing credit union mergers, terminations, and conversions of share insurance.