Nation’s Banks, CUs Standing Strong, So Far

Coral Gables, Florida, March 17, 2021 Coral Gables, FL: BAUERFINANCIAL, Inc., the nation’s premier Bank and Credit Union rating firm, remains cautiously optimistic about the condition of our nation’s banks and credit unions. Net income was down in 2020 as financial institutions put away provisions for potential loan losses. While those losses are largely theoretical at this point, the majority of federally-insured banks and credit unions have prepared for a worst case scenario.

A new stimulus package and opening up of the economy will help keep most loan categories in the black with one exception: commercial real estate (CRE). CRE, which includes shopping malls, movie theaters, office buildings and apartment buildings housing five or more families, is in a class of its own. Of course, as vaccines become more readily available and people gain the confidence to go back out en mass, things will get better. At this point, though, it is still too early to know whether those reserves will turn into profits (as we hope) or into losses. At least in the majority of cases, Bauer believes it will be the former.

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