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 from CUNA Mutual Group. (Opens in a new window)

May 2019 (March 2019 data)

  • Credit union loan balances rose 0.3% in March, less than half the 0.8% pace reported in March 2018, and 8.1% during the last 12 months.
  • The credit union average capital-to asset ratio rose to 10.9% in March 2019, up from 10.5% in March of 2018.
  • Credit union membership growth slowed significantly in the first quarter of 2019, adding 0.8 million new memberships, significantly slower than the 1.4 million added in the first quarter of 2018.

Past Reports

Economic Report

March 2019 (Q4 2018 data)

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

  • The economy grew 3.1% in 2018, but is expected to slow to a 2.3% pace in 2019.
  • The economy added 2.674 million jobs in 2018, with another 2.1 million expected to be added in 2019, a 1.4% increase.
  • Credit union loan growth slowed to 8.9% in 2018, with only 8% growth expected for 2019.
  • Credit union savings balances grew only 5.2% in 2018, with 7% growth expected for 2019.
  • Credit union capital-to-asset ratios rose to 11.3% in 2018, the highest since 2007.
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