U.S. Central Credit Union

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U.S. Central
Corporate credit union
Industry Financial services
Fate Defunct, after being placed into conservatorship
Founded 1974 (1974)
Headquarters Lenexa, Kansas, United States
Key people
François G. Henriquez, II, President & CEO
Total assets $27.116 billion (2008)
Website uscentral.coop

U.S. Central Federal Credit Union was the largest corporate credit union in the United States. Unlike consumer driven credit unions (referred to as "natural person" credit unions in the industry), U.S. Central provided its services only to other corporate credit unions, in effect acting as the "corporate credit union's credit union". The organization was founded in 1974.

U.S. Central did not serve consumers directly, a role fulfilled by consumer credit unions, it was instead established to serve the credit union industry by providing opportunities for investments through government approved instruments and providing liquidity (credit) needs to regional and state corporate credit unions which need them. U.S. Central also provided other industry standard services such as payment systems, electronic funds transfer services and item processing. The organization also provided economic services and forecasts specific to the credit union industry. Many of its operations and services paralleled that of a central bank, except it serves corporate credit unions rather than commercial banks.

U.S. Central Federal Credit Union was located in Lenexa, Kansas.

In January 2009, the National Credit Union Administration injected $1 billion into U.S. Central.[1] On March 20, 2009, NCUA placed U.S. Central Credit Union into conservatorship.[2]

The NCUA was unable to obtain a buyer for the services and began winding down its operations.[3] The credit union was officially shut down October 29, 2012.[4]

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  1. ^ Gillam, Carey. U.S. Central Credit Union may form "bad bank": CEO. Reuters. 22 March 2009.
  2. ^ "NCUA Conserves U.S. Central and Western Corporate Credit Unions" (Press release). National Credit Union Administration. 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  3. ^ McGarvey, Robert (December 22, 2011). "No Winning Bid: NCUA to Shut Down U.S. Central Bridge". Credit Union Times. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Central Bridge Closed". NCUA. Retrieved 11 May 2013.