Safety Rating

Our financial strength ratings are based on a complex analysis of hundreds of factors that are synthesized into a series of indexes: capitalization, investment safety (Life & Annuity and Health companies only), reserve adequacy (Property & Casualty companies only), profitability, liquidity, and stability. These indexes are then used to arrive at a letter grade rating measured on a scale from A to F. A good rating requires consistency across all indexes. A weak score on any one index can result in a low rating, as insolvency can be caused by any one of a number of factors, such as inadequate capital, unpredictable claims experience, poor liquidity, speculative investments, inadequate reserving, or consistent operating losses.

The ratings are derived, from annual and quarterly financial data provided by SNL Financial LC, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and State Insurance Regulators. This data may be supplemented by information that we request from the insurance companies themselves. Although we seek to maintain an open line of communication with the companies being rated, we do not grant them the right to influence the ratings or stop their publication. (See Rating Definitions).

Severe Recession

A drop in real GDP which is significantly greater than that of an average postwar recession. (Also see Average Recession).

Share Account

Refers to a regular share savings account or other account that isn’t a share certificate account. A regular share account doesn’t require a holder to maintain a balance greater than the par value or a notice of intent to withdraw (unless required in the bylaws). Shares are legally defined as equity and represent ownership.

Share Certificate Account

Account that earns dividends at a specified rate for a specified period of time, if held to maturity; and upon which a penalty may be assessed for premature withdrawal prior to maturity.

Share Draft (Checking) Account

A dividend-earning account from which the holder is authorized to withdraw shares by means of a negotiable or transferable instrument or other order.


An organization (such as a corporation, religious congregation or association) that promotes the establishment or continuation of a credit union for its employees or members.

Stability Index

A Weiss index that integrates a number of factors such as: 1) risk diversification in terms of company size and loan diversification; 2) deterioration of operations as reported in critical asset, liability, income and expense items, such as an increase in loan delinquency rates or a sharp increase in loan originations; 3) years in operation; 4) former problem areas where, despite recent improvement, the company has yet to establish a record of stable performance over a suitable period of time; and 5) relationships with affiliates.




The state in which the provider company (see Provider Company) is located.

Supervisory Committee

Internal committee required for all federal credit unions and most state credit unions. Oversees the credit union’s financial operations, conducts internal audits, may arrange for external audits, reports to board of directors and may suspend board members for malfeasance.

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