Credit Union and Economic Reports

The Credit Union Trends Report and Economic Report provide a review and analysis of recent credit union financial performance and operational results in the context of recent economic activity. Data and analysis are provided to establish standards against which credit unions' own performance can be compared.

Credit Union Trends Report

The Credit Union Trends Report is a monthly "pulse check" on the state of the credit union marketplace, often placed in a historical context. The report includes data from two months prior and is published and distributed by Steven Rick(opens in a new window) from CUNA Mutual Group. (Opens in a new window)

April 2021 (February data)

  • After falling 3.5% in 2020, we expect the U.S. economy to grow at a remarkable 6% in 2021.
  • We are forecasting credit union loan growth of only 5% in 2021, down from 5.3% last year.
  • On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, new-auto loan balances rose at a 0.1% pace in February, the first positive growth number since July 2019.  

Past Reports

March 2021


Rising long term interest rates have pushed up 30-year fixed-rate mortgage interest rates from 2.65% set during the first week of 2021 to 3.02% today.

February 2021


Credit union loan balances rose 0.2% in December, below the 0.8% pace reported in December 2019.

Economic Report

April 2021

The Economic & Credit Union Update is a monthly report on the economic factors that impact credit unions’ operations and financial performance.

  • We now expect the economy to grow over 6% in 2021, the fastest pace in 38 years.
  • Inflation is expected to be above the Federal Reserve’s 2% average target for the next two years.
  • Credit union savings growth for 2021 is expected to be over 15%.
  • Long-term interest rates are expected to rise one percentage point over the next year and a half.
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