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Southwest Corporate overall credit quality remains high
DALLAS (8/14/08)--The overall credit quality of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) held by Southwest Corporate remains high, says John Cassidy, CEO. All those securities are "paying as expected and the overwhelming majority are rated AAA," he said in the corporate's newsletter (eFacts Aug. 12). Cassidy was responding to an article in The Wall Street Journal Monday that focused on the effect of the mortgage market dislocation on several large corporate credit unions, including Southwest Corporate, and U.S. Central. The article "really did not present anything new related to Southwest Corporate," Cassidy said. "We have been communicating the same facts and assessments to our members for almost a year." The corporate increased the level of information and frequency of communications to its members about the market dislocation and plans to expand its communication efforts with these steps:
* Increasing the frequency of quarterly financial webinars to monthly; * Scheduling in-person presentations to Southwest's membership to supplement the webinars and providing opportunity for expanded discussion. The schedule and locations will be announced in the next few weeks; * Focusing on the mortgage market during the upcoming annual Economic Forum as a venue to share updated information about the impact on the corporate; and * Providing forward-looking assessments of the mortgage market impact during webinars and meetings.
The communications efforts aims to "clearly explain to our members why we believe our asset quality remains high, and why we believe any losses we experience will be manageable and therefore not represent a credit concern for our members," he said.
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