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Credit Unions See Healthier Second Quarter

According to a quarterly report from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), institutions last quarter reported $673.9 billion in outstanding loan balances, an increase of 9.8 percent compared to the second quarter of 2013—the largest annual growth since the first quarter of 2006, the group reported.

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Credit Unions Report Slowdown in Q1 Originations

Credit unions continued to grow during the first quarter of 2014, although higher interest rates slowed mortgage originations, according to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). The group reported that the pace of mortgage originations slowed in the first quarter, down to $42.6 billion in Q1 2014 from $102.9 billion in the first quarter of 2013.

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Congress, Industry Question Potential Lowering of Loan Limits

With Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Acting Director Edward DeMarco considering lowering loan limits for the GSEs, congressional and industry leaders are speaking out against such a plan, saying it poses a threat of hindering the housing recovery. In the last week, the Mortgage Bankers Association, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, and 66 House representatives have all written to DeMarco, decrying the potential move and even questioning its legality.

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NAFCU Speaks Out on Lender-Placed Insurance Restrictions

The National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) offered a comment letter Tuesday addressing the Federal Housing Finance Agency's (FHFA) proposed restrictions on lender-placed insurance practices. In a response for the association, NAFCU senior regulatory affairs counsel Tessema Tefferi urges FHFA to scale back the discussed restrictions, which he believes are too broad. In addition, Tefferi asks the agency to ensure its policies and regulations are consistent with those already laid out in the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA).

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Report: Q1 Sees 15 Mortgage-Related Company Closings

Mortgage Daily tracked a total of 15 mortgage-related business closings in the first quarter of 2013, putting the year on pace to see the fewest number of mortgage banking failures in seven years. While Q1's casualty rate was greater than Q4 2012 (when 13 businesses shut down or collapsed), it's an improvement over Q1 2012, which saw 27 total closings. At the current pace, Mortgage Daily forecasts around 60 mortgage-related closings this year, down from 83 last year and the lowest level since 2006.

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Credit Union Earnings Rise to All-Time High in 2012

Federally insured credit unions brought in record-high earnings last year, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) reported. NCUA reported earnings of $8.5 billion across the industry in 2012, the highest annual figure ever posted. Earnings last year were 36.1 percent higher from the $6.3 billion reported in 2011. The rise in earnings came largely from reductions in loan loss reserves, "a positive sign of improving economic conditions," NCUA said in a release.

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ORNL Federal Credit Union to Build 33rd Branch

ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU), the largest credit union in East Tennessee, announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase land to be used for a new full service branch in 2014. The announcement follows a tremendous year of growth for the credit union, which saw a 15 percent increase in its customer loan portfolio and a more than 12 percent growth in all loans in 2012.

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NCUA Files Largest Suit Yet Against JPMorgan, Bear Stearns

The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) announced Monday it has filed suit against JPMorgan Securities and Bear Stearns over allegations of falsely representing the quality of mortgage-backed securities (MBS) sold to corporate credit unions. NCUA's complaint alleges that although Bear Stearns' offering documents described the firm's adherence to underwriting guidelines, the originators had in fact "systematically abandoned the stated underwriting guidelines in the Offering Documents."

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