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Montana urges credit unions to work with affected members

State Issues Covid-19 Montana Credit Union

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On March 20, the Montana Division of Banking and Financial Services issued guidance urging credit unions to work with members and communities affected by Covid-19. Efforts include, among other things, waiving fees, increasing ATM cash withdrawal limits, easing restrictions on cashing checks, easing credit terms for new loans, offering or expanding payday alternative loan programs, increasing credit card limits, and offering payment accommodations to assist members having payment difficulty. The guidance also noted: (i) that “prudent efforts” to modify loan terms would not be subject to examiner criticism, as long as the efforts are documented; (ii) that the Division would work with credit unions to reduce burden when scheduling examinations and inspections, and utilize off-site reviews; (iii) that credit unions should inform the Division of branch or office closures; and (iv) that attendance via electronic communications would constitute in-person attendance at board, committee, and annual meetings.

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