A bombshell letter from a prominent senator and a court ruling criticizing credit unions’ interpretation of “field of membership” have bankers hopeful that Congress may finally be willing to examine the public-policy purpose of the Depression-era tax break.
Four banks have agreed to be sold to credit unions this year. Expect more deals between the longtime nemeses because the smallest banks are of less interest to other banks than they used to be, and some credit unions are in growth mode.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions made headlines in January when he tightened federal marijuana enforcement. But the good news for financial institutions looking to service the pot industry is that the rest of the government has responded with a shrug.
The National Credit Union Administration’s defense of changes to a field-of-membership rule was challenged by a federal judge on Wednesday, suggesting an American Bankers Association lawsuit against the revisions may be successful.