Coast Capital wants to be a bank. What are the implications?
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (“CMHC”) has created what could be called a mortgage insurance empire. With a book totaling $526B in 2015, that book alone was larger than Canada’s fifth largest bank and exceeds 1/3 the total all outstanding residential mortgages in Canada. This coverage is sold through banks, credit unions and other lenders. […]
Sometimes it seems that credit unions are in denial, or simply averse to exploring some of the larger issues facing our memberships. Working people, most particularly young people, are facing a very different set of challenges when it comes to ‘surviving’. The evolution of work in the ‘contract economy’ has implications when we ask marketing […]
FICOM is seeking input on the application from Coast Capital Savings to go federal. One question posed by FICOM is, “Have members been provided with full and fair disclosure upon which to make their decision?” Members of Coast Capital were asked to vote on a special resolution in November. “Full and fair” is not a […]
A couple of days ago there was a good piece in Canadian Business. The facts are laid out that Big Bank growth and profits track quite closely with our real estate and debt bubbles. Writer Kevin Carmichael provocatively critiques the Big Banks for their addiction to residential mortgages and their complicity in the two blights […]
To whom do our credit unions (and second tier organizations) belong?
What do small & medium size credit unions have to say to candidates?
I just was recently elected to the board of my credit union, and not for the first time! I have been a member-owner, director, manager, and regulator at various times over the last 40 years. Four years ago I assumed the role of General Manager (I retired last July) and I had a chance to […]