CDA – three letters but, ask Matthew Butler, and he will tell you this is a potential huge win for credit unions and their communities.,
Just a handful of credit unions currently use a charitable donation account and Butler is here to tell you that’s a costly mistake.
Here’s why: a CDA allows a credit union to make investments in otherwise impermissible vehicles where the kicker is that 51% of returns have to be distributed as charitable donations (that presently means a 501 C 3). But the credit union can retain the remaining 49% for its own use.
What’s an impermissible investment? In the show, Butler points particularly to investment-grade corporate bonds. There are other options too.
Why don’t more credit unions use CDAs? We talk at some length in the show about that very point.
A lot simply haven’t heard of CDAs.
Also on the show is Fernando Arrue, portfolio manager at Elite Capital.