I don’t know if you saw the news today? – How the UK’s credit union assets hit £3 billion for the first time ever? – click here to see the news from ABCUL
Great news, eh?
Well, today, yes the very same day that ABCUL announced this ‘great news’ about assets, a letter hit my desk from the Co-Op Bank saying that they are reducing the interest they will be paying on bank balances me as liquidator of credit unions, and indeed credit unions themselves, hold with them.
The interest rate? O.03% on balances up £500k. That’s right, one thirty third of one per cent in interest.
To put it bluntly, bugger all on balances most credit unions might be holding with the Co-Op Bank…about one fiftieth of the inflation rate.
Please let me ask you something…
What’s exactly is the point of credit unions putting their savers’ money with the Co-Op?
Why do they do it?
The vast bulk of the £1.23 billion in credit union saver deposits – the ‘good news’ is its ‘s by 7.8% over the previous year – yes, one and a quarter billion pounds, a lot of money, and counting! – is earning nothing for savers, not after the credit union costs.
I tell you what the point of credit unions putting their savers’ money with the Co-Op and them paying nothing in interest is…
The Co-Op is bust…
And if it goes under – and it is a shambles – the FSCS also goes under, its pocket is simply not big enough to cope with the Co-Op’s failure.
Put another way, all you savers in credit unions are propping up a bust bank because (1) Co-Operatives are incapable of surviving in this country today in the way they used to be able to, and management are incapable of turning the Co-Op Bank around, it’s a shambles internally; (2) The FSCS cannot pay out if the Co-Op goes bust – we’re talking about a bail-in, rather than bail out (a bail out, some government organisation pays you back all your money: a bail in, you do not get all your money back, you have to write some of it off, you might be told that the £1,00 you had with so and so bank is no only £500.
If Co-Op goes bust, there will be a run on all of the banks. Co-Op is propped up by credit union savers’ and other ‘soft’ money – if you’re a saver in a credit union, have you really asked where the credit union puts your money? Hopefully time will paper over the cracks at the Co-Op…- but will it, and why haven’t you been told that your money is at risk, why are you being told that credit unions are a good place for you to put your money safely?
Thanks to all you savers, old and new, you are propping up a bust bank that we cannot afford for it to fail because the system can’t cope with it doing so!
Oh, did no one, not ABCUL, not any credit union, tell you why you’re being encouraged in?
It’s a huge game of pass the parcel!
If you are a saver, you are playing the game, the problem is you’ve no chance of winning a prize, because the music will never stop when you’re holding the parcel. Instead you’ll be left holding all the wrapping paper for which you will have paid handsomely, and you’ll not get your money back because you will be bailed in…
Still happy with the advice you got to ‘save’ with that credit union?
Will you be suing the advisor for bad advice, like the PPI sellers of yesteryear?