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)

July 2019 (May 2019 data)

  • During the first five months of 2019, loan balances rose a modest 1.5%, below the 3.5% reported in the first five months of 2018.
  • Meanwhile credit union savings balances grew 7.1% over the last year, above the 6.1% ten-year average growth rate, due to members’ desire to save rather than spend. 
  • At the end of May, CUNA’s monthly estimates reported 5,550 credit unions in operation, six fewer than one month earlier. 

Past Reports

Economic Report

June 2019 (Q1 2019 data)

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

  • Credit union lending slowed significantly in the first quarter of 2019 (0.6%) compared to the first quarter of 2018 (1.6). 
  • The Federal Reserve may lower interest rates in the second half of 2019 due to an inverted yield curve and worries of an impending recession. 
  • The decline in the number of credit unions has slowed in the first quarter of 2019 (36) compared to the first quarter of 2018 (76) as small credit unions reported higher earnings and faster loan growth.
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