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Economic Quarterly

Fall 2006

Not Your Father's Credit Union

John R. Walter

Market forces and regulatory changes have produced an evolution of the credit union industry so that many credit unions now compete more directly with banks than in the past. Because credit unions are tax-exempt, while in general banks are not, observers note that credit unions may have an advantage in the competition. The goal of this article is to provide a history of the evolution without taking a stand on the merits of either side of the tax debate.

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