SOURCE: CUNA Mutual Group

January 12, 2016 09:00 ET

Credit Union New Auto Loan Balances Reach $100 Billion Milestone for First Time in History

First Mortgage Loans Originated by Credit Unions in First Nine Months of 2015 Are 39 Percent Higher Than Same Period of 2014, According to Latest CUNA Mutual Group Report(1)

MADISON, WI--(Marketwired - January 12, 2016) - Credit unions saw new auto loan balances hit $100 billion for the very first time, with loans for new vehicles up 16.9 percent in the past year, according to the latest monthly Credit Union Trends Report from CUNA Mutual Group, the leading provider of lending, insurance and wealth management products for credit unions.1

The report notes that strong consumer fundamentals are driving this growth, namely an improving labor market, low interest rates, rising wage growth and low oil prices. These trends also pushed credit unions to a record volume of first mortgage loans in the first nine months of 2015, 39 percent higher than the first nine months of 2014.1

"2015 was a very strong year for credit unions, both from the perspective of auto loan and mortgage growth as well as credit union membership, which rose faster in 2015 than in any time in credit union history," said Steven Rick, chief economist, CUNA Mutual Group. "Heading into 2016, with the economic picture continuing to improve, and the Fed adding its own vote of confidence with its recent interest rate hike, the outlook is quite strong for credit unions and the hardworking families they serve."

Total credit union membership reached 105.3 million in October, up 4.3 percent from the previous October, marking the fastest pace in over 20 years.1 Year-to-date through October 2015, credit unions added 3.9 million new members, faster than the 2.6 million added through October 2014.1

The full CUNA Mutual Group report can be found here.

About CUNA Mutual Group:
CUNA Mutual Group was founded in 1935 by credit union pioneers, and our commitment to their vision continues today. We offer insurance and protection for credit unions, employees and members; lending solutions and marketing programs; TruStage™ -- branded consumer insurance products; and investment and retirement services to help our customers succeed. More information is available on the company's website at www.cunamutual.com.

CUNA Mutual Group is the marketing name for CUNA Mutual Holding Company, a mutual insurance holding company, its subsidiaries and affiliates. Life, accident, health and annuity insurance products are issued by CMFG Life Insurance Company and MEMBERS Life Insurance Company. Property and casualty insurance products are issued by CUMIS Insurance Society, Inc. Each insurer is solely responsible for the financial obligations under the policies and contracts it issues. Corporate headquarters are located in Madison, Wis.

SOURCES:
1.CUNA Mutual Group Credit Union Trends Report: https://www.cunamutual.com/~/media/cunamutual/about-us/credit-union-trends/public/dec_2015_cu_trends_report_media_file.pdf

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