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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the NCUA NGN Program?

  2. The NCUA Guaranteed Note (NGN) Program is a key component of NCUA’s Corporate System Resolution Program.  The NGNs fund more than $40 billion in Legacy Assets from the corporate credit unions that failed during the economic crisis.  The NGN Program involved a series of thirteen securitization transactions executed as part of the Corporate System Resolution Program.  Each securitization is collateralized by Legacy Assets.  The NGNs have a NCUA guaranty for timely payment of interest and principal at maturity.  The guaranty is backed by the full faith and credit of the United States and primarily funded by the Temporary Corporate Credit Union Stabilization Fund (Stabilization Fund).

  3. Why did the NCUA implement the NGN Program?

  4. The NGN Program is a key part of NCUA’s strategy to resolve the corporate credit union crisis at the least long-term cost consistent with sound public policy.  The NCUA implemented the NGN Program to resolve the failed corporate credit unions by isolating and funding their Legacy Assets.  Isolating the Legacy Assets in the asset management estates positioned the assets to serve as collateral for the NGNs.  Selling the NGNs into the market raised the cash needed to pay off the failed corporate credit unions’ liabilities while avoiding the immediate sale of distressed assets at a deep discount.  These actions saved federally insured credit unions (credit unions) from incurring large additional losses had NCUA sold the Legacy Assets at the prevailing market values. 

    Without NCUA’s action to isolate the Legacy Assets, any plan to remove them from the corporate credit unions’ balance sheets would have forced corporates to realize the full market losses, substantially increasing the cost to all federally insured credit unions.  The NGN Program locked in funding for the Legacy Assets for a long period and saved credits unions from incurring additional market losses from the Legacy Assets.  The NGN Program is part of NCUA’s strategy to resolve the crisis at the least long-term cost to credit unions.

  5. When did the NGN Program start and how long will it last?

  6. The NGN Program began in October 2010.  NCUA went to market with thirteen securitizations between October 2010 and June 2011.  Each NGN has a stated maturity date upon which any remaining outstanding principal balance must be repaid in full.  The stated maturity dates vary by series and range between June 2013 and June 2021.

  7. What are the characteristics of the Legacy Assets?

  8. You can find the key characteristics of the Legacy Assets in the "Legacy Asset Profile" section of the transparency website at www.ncua.gov.  Click the tab “Credit Union Resources and Information” and select the option “NGN Program Information.”

  9. What are the expectations for performance of the Legacy Assets?

  10. NCUA works with BlackRock Solutions to estimate the Legacy Assets’ current value and project future performance.  The current expectations, including total projected costs to the credit union system, are available on the NCUA’s transparency website at www.ncua.gov.  Click the tab “Credit Union Resources and Information” and select the option “NGN Program Information” or “Corporate System Resolution Costs.”

  11. How do changes to key economic variables impact the Legacy Assets?

  12. Changes in home prices, gross domestic product, unemployment, interest rates, and other economic variables are key assumptions in determining the value of the Legacy Assets for financial reporting purposes and the overall projected losses to the credit union system.

  13. What happens to the Legacy Assets when the NGNs mature?

  14. When the NGNs mature, the NCUA will consider all available options to minimize the overall cost to credit unions.  Options may include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Holding the Legacy Assets to maturity;

    • Selling the Legacy Assets into the market; or

    • Re-securitizing the remaining expected cash flows from the Legacy Assets in a manner similar to the NGN Program.
  15. Where can I get additional information about the Legacy Assets, NGN Program, and associated costs?

  16. NCUA has dedicated transparency websites for the NGN Program and the Corporate System Resolution Costs.  These websites and other additional information are available at www.ncua.gov.  Click the tab “Credit Union Resources and Information” and select the options “NGN Program Information” or “Corporate System Resolution Costs.” Details related to the individual Legacy Assets can be found at NCUA’s Corporate Credit Union FOIA Requests page via the following link:  http://www.ncua.gov/Resources/FOIA/Pages/FOIACorporate.aspx

    Specific question about the NCUA’s Corporate System Resolution Program and the NGN Program may be directed to ngnquestions@ncua.gov.  Investor-related information is available from licensed brokers, Bloomberg, Intex, and the following trustee websites:  Wells Fargo (www.ctslink.com) and The Bank of New York (www.gctinvestorreporting.bnymellon.com).