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NEW: Largest CUs Could Be Subject To Agency Stress Tests
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (10/24/13 12:14 p.m. ET)--Federally insured credit unions with assets exceeding $10 billion would be required to develop and maintain capital plans, and undergo annual stress tests, under a proposed rule approved by the National Credit Union Administration.

The stress test requirements, drafted by the agency's Office of National Examinations and Supervision, would require impacted credit unions to conduct specific capital analyses to evaluate how changes in variables, parameters and inputs used by credit unions in their capital plans could impact capital. Credit unions would also need to test how interest rate shocks of at least 300 basis points would impact their net economy value.

The four credit unions with more than $10 billion in assets already conduct their own stress tests, agency staff noted.
The agency would meet with representatives from those credit unions if the separate stress tests garner different results, NCUA staff said. However, the agency has not said what actions it would take to address any differences.

The NCUA has not decided whether the results of stress tests would be released publicly. Credit unions can comment on the benefits and drawbacks of publicly releasing stress test results, Matz said. The agency hopes to have the rule finalized next year.

Setting up stress testing for credit unions could cost the agency as much as $4 million in the first year, according to unofficial agency estimates. The costs should decline after the first year, NCUA staff added.

The proposal will be open to public comment for 60 days.

"We share NCUA's basic safety and soundness objectives reflected by the proposal," Credit Union National Association Deputy General Counsel Mary Dunn said. "The extent to which a new costly program is needed to accomplish those objectives is one of the key issues we will be discussing with our members. We also have concerns about public disclosure of stress testing results, an issue the agency is seeking comments on," she added.


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