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Sunday, February 1, 2009

OnPoint checkup shows truly grim quarter

We continue our series of quarterly snapshots of the operating results at OnPoint Community Credit Union -- a barometer of the economic times in Portland's neighborhoods. The fourth quarter was, in a word, brutal. The year 2008 ended with the institution's delinquent loans more than four times what they were at the end of 2007.

The whole sad story, as officially reported to the National Credit Union Administration, is in this Excel file. Here are the categories of numbers that we've been following with our untrained eye over the past year or so:

Item12/31/079/30/0812/31/08Quarterly increase (decrease)12-month increase (decrease)
Total investments$209,617,805$246,342,512$204,032,809(17.18%)(2.66%)
Federal agency securities$66,299,032$140,786,482$126,745,213(9.97%)91.17%
Total reportable delinquency - total delinquent loans$5,472,354$14,302,884$23,621,14065.15%331.64%
Total reportable delinquency - indirect lending$2,592,869$977,090$8,891,285809.98%242.91%
Total outstanding loan balances subject to bankruptcies$6,466,112$9,979,220$14,364,47843.91%122.15%
Ratio of delinquent loans to total loans (percent)0.250.631.05    
Ratio of total delinquent loans to net worth (percent)2.355.749.25   

Delinquent loans are those delinquent for two months or more.

Year-to-date net income for the quarter ended December 31 was $22,568,772, down 14.06% from the same quarter last year ($26,262,488). For the third straight quarter, deposits fell, from $2,221,206,727 to $2,191,035,640 -- a 1.36% drop. Deposits a year earlier were $2,259,994,005, and thus for the year deposits fell 3.05%.

Comments (15)

"The fourth quarter was, in a word, brutal."

Yes, but the halftime show rocked.

I don't intend for this to come of jerky sounding, but has anyone heard of a situation where someone is in default for a reason other that they were greedy or stupid.

I know some are the result of losing their jobs and I understand that. But I can't understand how any human being can rationalize a $300K mortgage with $35 in income.

It's somewhat bad, but not as bad as I have seen with many other banks AND credit unions in the NW. The drop in "total investments" and in turn deposits isn't too bad really. I use OnPoint and have faith in how they run things, It will be very interesting to see the numbers in about 6 months and again in a year....

But I can't understand how any human being can rationalize a $300K mortgage with $35 in income.

Not to mention all those people who tried to buy 2 or 3!

They're still spending quite a bit in non-targeted advertising - I just received a postcard in the mail from them last week, inviting me to change my accounts over to them for some bonus - $100 as I recall.

Think I'll pass.

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Hey, when folks can't pay back what they borrowed from fascist Federal Reserve fiat-money printers, as with any mob organization borrowers can probably 'work off' their loans doing murders ...

Credit Union delinquency data - where can I find it for other credit unions? did this come from point west website??

"I don't intend for this to come of jerky sounding, but has anyone heard of a situation where someone is in default for a reason other that they were greedy or stupid."

I'd be curious on mortgage defaults what % are:
1) Truly broke and can't afford it
2) Can afford it, but are underwater and just are throwing back the keys.

On 2), most of these people prob had bad credit anyways and are thinking this isnt much more of a ding.

When I see ads for either banks or utilities - especially on prime time television - it sort of puts my teeth on edge.

Never liked the arch tone of the Kaiser Permanente (THRIVE!!!!!) ads and unfortunately the two OnPoint television ads featuring "customers" (young girl with headphones & laptop in coffee shop & oblivious sleeping guy - "without a care in the world") feel like they were developed by the same folks. Looks like they're targeting young singles.

I've been a PTCU customer for many years and have always been satisfied with their service but I don't think I've ever seen them advertise on TV before.

Any member should be able to get this info directly from their CU. You can probably arrange to have it mailed to you. Also should be available online. CU should have no reticence about referring a member to online sources, if any. As Trotsky said, "Open the books!"

Credit unions! Another great communist idea, like universal health care, the eight hour day, birth control, and the weekend.

I have a friend who worked for the PTCU several years ago in a high position, but quit after about a year because of ethical concerns of their top person.

Ah...no gainshare for the employees this quarter. I guess they've learned to not count on it as automatic money every three months anymore.


I have heard of Realtors having homeowners who are upside down buy a new house and then walk away from their old house. Classy.

Credit Union delinquency data - where can I find it for other credit unions? did this come from point west website??

Go here.

Thanks for the info. I ordered the report for Point West.

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