Compliance Question of the Week

Which credit unions does the NCUA require to have interest rate risk policies?

The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) rules regarding interest rate risk (IRR) policies require all credit unions with more than $50 million in assets to have IRR policies.

Credit unions below $10 million in assets are not required to adopt an IRR policy.

Credit unions between $10 million and $50 million in assets are required to adopt an IRR policy if they have significant IRR concentration. Credit unions can rely on the Supervisory Interest Rate Risk Threshold (SIRRT) calculation to determine if the credit union will need to develop an IRR policy.

The SIRRT calculation is (Total first mortgages held + Total Investments with maturities greater than 5 years) / Total Net Worth. If the SIRRT ratio equals to or exceeds 100 percent of the net worth, the credit union in this asset range will need to adopt an IRR policy.

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12 CFR part 741


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