Credit unions held $371 billion in investments as of Dec. 31, 2016; that’s down 2.5% from third quarter. Total investments in 2016 have followed the typical trend of gradually declining through the year as lending picked up and deposit growth slowed after the first quarter.
Total credit union assets expanded 1.3% over the same period to $1.3 trillion. Loan balances increased at a rate of 2.7%, resulting in credit unions diverting investment dollars to relatively higher yielding loan products.
FOR US CREDIT UNIONS | DATA AS OF 12.31.16
Source: Callahan Associates.
The net $9.7 billion decrease in investments during the fourth quarter was the result of a $10.1 billion decline in cash at other financial institutions (Fed balances), which fell from $74.1 billion to $64.0 billion. Cash at corporate credit unions and Agency MBS also contracted over the period, falling $2.0 billion and $1.2 billion, respectively. US Treasuries and cash on hand were the only categories to post increases over the third quarter, with Treasury investments increasing 53.7% to reach $15.1 billion. Collectively, agency debt and MBS continue to be the preferred investments, representing 45.4% of the investment portfolio.
FOR US CREDIT UNIONS | DATA AS OF 09.30.16
Source: Callahan Associates.
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