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Credit Union Trust Receives Approval from the State of Michigan

On Nov. 5, organizers of Credit Union Trust announced they have received approval from the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS), Office of Banking to proceed with plans to establish the new, limited purpose financial institution.

“We’re pleased and very excited to be moving forward,” said Robert Sajdak, prospective Credit Union Trust President and CEO. “As we said back in July when we announced our application, now that Credit Union Trust is formally approved, once it is organized the real work begins and we will soon begin hiring professionals, implementing plans and contracting for systems and services.”

Credit Union Trust plans to open in late Q1 2019 and will be headquartered in leased facilities located at 31155 Northwestern Highway, Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Organized by a group of seven prominent, Michigan-based credit unions, Credit Union Trust will be both a Michigan limited purpose bank and a credit union service organization (CUSO). It is the first such entity in the state and is being established to serve the needs of Michigan credit union members. While credit unions routinely provide a range of wealth management services for their members, they were unable to directly provide fiduciary services such as trusts, until a 2016 change in Michigan law. That change marked the start of organizers’ planning.

“We know our members, the market and the industry,” Sajdak said. “We will begin immediately implementing a tightly-focused business plan to serve the needs of our founding credit union members, and all Michigan credit union members who previously had to go outside the familiar credit union family for trust services. This is a service whose time has come and it’s one our members need.”

This is an important step for Michigan’s approximately 5.3 million credit union members and the industry as a whole. Baby Boomers are expected to transfer $30 trillion in assets to their heirs over the next few decades and a trust provides a way to avoid the time and expense of probate court, as well as a way to minimize estate taxes.

“At a time when many traditional banks and trust companies are raising minimum requirements to more than $1 million dollars, Credit Union Trust is focused on serving all members and will administer a much fuller spectrum of trust accounts and balances,” Sajdak said.

The organizers are executives of the seven, member-owned credit unions and include: Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union, headquartered in Alpena with seven locations; Community Choice Credit Union, headquartered in Farmington Hills with 20 locations; ELGA Credit Union, headquartered in Burton with 11 locations; Frankenmuth Credit Union, headquartered in Frankenmuth with 23 locations; Honor Credit Union, headquartered in Berrien Springs with 24 locations; Members First Credit Union, headquartered in Midland with 11 locations; and Team One Credit Union, headquartered in Saginaw with 12 locations.

Credit Union Trust will be regulated by the State of Michigan’s DIFS, Office of Banking.  

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