Conservatorships and Liquidations

Conservatorships: From time to time, the National Credit Union Administration places a credit union into conservatorship in order to resolve operational problems that could affect that credit union’s safety and soundness. Conservatorship means the NCUA has taken control of the credit union. During a conservatorship, the credit union remains open; members may transact business; and accounts remain insured by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund. For federally chartered credit unions, the NCUA takes this action on its own; in the case of a state-chartered credit union, the state supervisory authority initiates the conservatorship and in many cases appoints the NCUA as agent for the conservator.

Conservatorships can have three outcomes:

  • The credit union can resolve its operational problems and be returned to member ownership;
  • The credit union can merge with another credit union; or
  • The NCUA can liquidate the credit union.

Liquidations: Liquidation means a credit union has been closed; however, a liquidated credit union may be purchased — and members, assets, and loans assumed — by another credit union, so that members will be able to continue receiving financial services. If a credit union is placed into liquidation, the NCUA’s Asset Management and Assistance Center (AMAC) will oversee the liquidation and set up an asset management estate (AME) to manage assets, settle members’ insurance claims, and attempt to recover value from the closed credit union’s assets. [1]  If the member shares are not assumed by another credit union, all verified member shares are typically paid within five days of a credit union’s closure.

No member of a federally insured credit union has ever lost a penny in insured accounts.

[1] An AME holds the assets of a failed institution. Commonly administered by AMAC, to which the NCUA Board has delegated statutory authorities providing broad supervisory and management powers over the credit union's assets and operations. These powers include the ability to facilitate funding and disposition of assets. Also known as a liquidation estate.

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Year Date Type Credit Union Name City State Status
2010 12/17/2010 Conservatorship AEA Federal Credit Union Yuma Arizona Released
2010 06/25/2010 Conservatorship Arrowhead Credit Union San Bernardino California Released
2011 04/15/2011 Conservatorship Texans Credit Union Richardson Texas Released
2009 09/24/2009 Conservatorship Keys Federal Credit Union Key West Florida Released
2019 05/17/2019 Conservatorship Municipal Credit Union New York New York Released
2020 06/11/2020 Conservatorship Southern Pine Credit Union Valdosta Georgia Released
2014 02/28/2014 Merger With NCUA Assistance Jayhawk Federal Credit Union Lawrence Kansas Merged
2013 06/30/2013 Merger With NCUA Assistance Zane Trace Federal Credit Union Zanesville Ohio Merged
2016 09/01/2016 Merger With NCUA Assistance Cory Methodist Church Credit Union Cleveland Ohio Merged
2009 07/22/2009 Conservatorship New Hope Community Development Federal Credit Union Birmingham Alabama Merged
2010 06/30/2010 Merger With NCUA Assistance First Delta Federal Credit Union Marks Mississippi Merged
2012 01/06/2012 Merger With NCUA Assistance Kunia Federal Credit Union Waipahu Hawaii Merged