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    VyStar Credit Union digital banking platforms offline for a week

    The mobile and digital banking platform of the Jacksonville, Florida-based credit union has been down since May 13, leaving many members unable to access digital services. 

    By May 20, 2022
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    Seventh credit union this year announces plans to buy bank

    Michigan-based DFCU Financial will acquire Florida-based First Citrus Bank in an all-cash deal estimated at $105 million. 

    By May 13, 2022
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    Credit unions in the competitive landscape

    Credit unions are teaming up to target niche segments, using tech-forward thinking, and scrapping unpopular practices to add new members and keep existing customers.

    By Banking Dive staff
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    Wisconsin credit union targets Illinois bank in 6th such tie-up of 2022

    Financial terms of CoVantage Credit Union's proposed acquisition of LincolnWay Community Bank were not disclosed. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

    By April 28, 2022
  • Ohio's credit unions swing at BNPL

    A trade group asserts buy-now-pay-later providers structure their products to avoid certain consumer protection obligations under the Truth in Lending Act. Friday marked the deadline to make public comments to the CFPB.

    By Jonathan Berr • March 25, 2022
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    Arizona deal marks 5th credit union purchase of bank in 2022

    At the current pace, 26 credit union-bank tie-ups could be in the works by the end of the year, far surpassing 2019's record.

    By March 14, 2022
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    Credit unions buy Wisconsin, Arkansas banks

    The moves to acquire Commerce State Bank and HomeBank bring to three the number of bank tie-ups with credit unions within a week.

    By March 4, 2022
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    Georgia-based Robins proposes year's 2nd bank purchase by credit union

    Meanwhile, VyStar Credit Union extended by another month its timeline to complete an acquisition of fellow Georgia bank Heritage Southeast.

    By March 1, 2022
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    Georgia's Own proposes 2022's first bank purchase by credit union

    The deal to buy Smyrna, Georgia-based Vinings Bank — expected to give Georgia's Own two added locations and $471 million in new assets — would mark the second acquisition the credit union has floated this month.

    By Feb. 22, 2022
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    SPAC to buy cannabis banking leader Safe Harbor in $185M deal

    Safe Harbor spun off from Partner Colorado Credit Union in July and launched a commercial pot lending platform in late 2021. CEO Sundie Seefried will lead the combined organization.

    By Feb. 15, 2022
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    Georgia-based credit unions propose merger

    Atlanta-based Georgia's Own Credit Union would add six branches, roughly 26,000 members and $243 million in assets under management in a deal to merge with United 1st Credit Union.

    By Feb. 3, 2022
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    Nebraska agency denies GreenState Credit Union bank deal

    The credit union, established under Iowa laws, does not meet the definition of a "financial institution" that can participate in cross-industry acquisitions or mergers in Nebraska, a hearing officer ruled.

    By Jan. 7, 2022
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    NCUA OKs crypto partnerships for credit unions

    "Financial services has always been 'adapt or die,'" Kyle Hauptman, the regulator's vice chair, told CoinDesk. "I don't want credit unions to go the way of Blockbuster Video because we, the regulators, prevented innovation."

    By Jan. 4, 2022
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    Alabama's Avadian Credit Union buys bank in year's 13th such deal

    The tie-up, set to close by next year's third quarter, would leave 2021 shy of 2019's 16 banks bought by credit unions. But Michael Bell, an adviser on such deals, said "quite a few" are ready to be announced next year.

    By Dec. 21, 2021
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    Fintechs are friends, not foes, of traditional financial institutions

    To test the waters, a financial institution might consider purchasing a pool of loans from a trusted credit union or banking partner that sourced these loans in conjunction with a fintech, an Alliant Credit Union executive suggested.

    By Charles Krawitz • Nov. 2, 2021
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    VyStar, Heritage extend acquisition deadline for a 3rd time

    "Our primary focus has always been on achieving the best results for our shareholders," Heritage CEO Leonard Moreland said Thursday. "The combination ... with VyStar allows us to continue that strategy."

    By Updated April 4, 2022
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    GreenState Credit Union broaches Chicago in its 3rd bank purchase this year

    A May acquisition gave the Iowa-based credit union a six-branch presence in Chicago's western suburbs. Monday's deal would give it a lending office in the city's West Loop and expand its suburban footprint.

    By Oct. 27, 2021
  • Iowa credit union to buy Wisconsin bank in 11th such deal of 2021

    The value of Dupaco Community Credit Union's proposed acquisition of Madison-based Home Savings Bank was not disclosed, but the transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022.

    By Oct. 4, 2021
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    4 credit unions launch neobank aimed at LMI users

    Dora's checking account doesn't have a minimum balance requirement or monthly maintenance fees. Its app functions in both English and Spanish, and the platform offers early paycheck access with direct deposit.

    By Sept. 30, 2021
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    ICBA calls for 'exit fee' on credit union-bank deals

    The trade group's proposed fee would be equal to 10% of the gross value of the acquired bank's assets or liabilities from its most recent balance sheet — whichever are greater — and would be payable by the acquiring credit union.

    By Sept. 3, 2021
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    Spate of August deals doubles 2021's bank acquisitions by credit unions

    The latest tie-ups in Florida and Illinois are the fourth and fifth in roughly two weeks. The question remains whether a resurgent COVID-19 caseload will bring dealmaking to another halt.

    By Updated Aug. 23, 2021
  • Memphis-based Orion Federal Credit Union to buy Financial Federal Bank

    The deal, which would nearly double the $1 billion-asset Orion Federal’s size, is the seventh such deal involving a credit union purchasing a bank to be announced this year.

    By Aug. 12, 2021
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    Digital-only credit union latest institution to scrap overdraft fees

    Alliant’s move follows a similar one made by Ally Bank in June, and comes as a growing number of financial institutions are revamping their overdraft policies amid pushback from Democratic lawmakers. 

    By Aug. 5, 2021
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    Michigan credit union aims to buy Florida bank in year's 5th such tie-up

    The roughly $97 million deal, expected to close in the fourth quarter, would boost Lake Michigan Credit Union's Sunshine State footprint to 19 branches and give Pilot Bank shareholders $6.25 in cash per share.

    By June 18, 2021
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    California credit union lays out its 2nd merger of 2021

    Bakersfield-based Valley Strong announced its intention to combine with Stockton's Federal Center Credit Union to form a $3.2 billion-asset entity. Valley Strong is also merging with Fairfield's Solano First Federal Credit Union.

    By June 1, 2021
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    Iowa credit union proposes buying Illinois, Nebraska banks

    GreenState Credit Union's deals to buy Oxford Bank & Trust and Premier Bank would represent the third and fourth bank takeovers by a credit union this year. The transactions are expected to close by the fourth quarter.

    By May 26, 2021