Credit Union

Credit Union

Credit unions face increasingly complex regulatory and financial reporting requirements, making the need to work with advisors who understand the industry more compelling than ever. ARB’s credit union advisory services team recognizes these challenges and delivers services that are customized to each organization’s needs.

How We Do It

ARB’s team of professionals who specialize in credit union advisory services provide sensible advice for how to meet regulatory requirements and create savvy plans to address operational challenges. Feel confident knowing that you can turn to ARB for lasting support with both the routine needs of everyday operations and extraordinary challenges that come up.

Financial Statement Audits
CECL Implementation
CUSO Planning, Development & Implementation
Board and Advisory Committee Education

Customized services and financial statements for your specific needs along with ideas for enhancing internal controls.

Assisting credit unions with understanding the new requirements for calculating the allowance for loan losses and finding a model, whether internally calculated or through external software, to facilitate the implementation.

CUSO’s plan an important role in servicing your members and supporting future growth, so proper planning prior to implementation will help your CUSO be successful.

Understanding accounting and regulatory changes and the impact to the credit union’s financial information is necessary for the Board and Supervisory Committee to oversee credit union operations.

Merger and Acquisition Assistance
Internal Control Review
Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and Other Compliance Testing
Information Technology (IT) Reviews and Cybersecurity

Accounting strategies to facilitate the unique requirements of mergers and acquisitions for credit unions.

Documenting and producing internal control and procedures manuals, and internal audits.

Providing independent compliance testing and looking for opportunities to implement best practices within your credit union.

Remain vigilant against hackers by reviewing and strengthening IT protocols and cybersecurity for employees and customer web-based systems.

How We're Helping Our Credit Union Clients

CECL: Planning for compliance with the new Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) standard involves selecting a compliance methodology, understanding the data in your loan portfolios, and evaluating whether to calculate the allowance in-house or invest in CECL software.  We partner with IT specialists to provide customized services to clients.

Mergers: As the marketplace changes we see more mergers happening. The old days of just combining the two existing balance sheets to create the new credit union have gone away.  Today’s accounting requires the merged in credit union’s balance sheet to be recorded at fair value. Our experts help you through the process of understanding how the adjustments to fair value impact the new credit union’s balance sheet and future operations.

Loan Officer Tax Training: Loan officers who frequently see complex tax returns during the underwriting process are benefiting from our free tax training on how to accurately determine a borrower’s monthly income (and more).

Credit Union Advisory Services Team Leaders

Holly D. Ferguson, CPA | ARB Principal

Credit Union Advisory Services Practice Leader

Holly has been working with manufacturers and distributors for over 22 years.  She has helped with inventory costing and controls, working with manufacturers focused on growth by acquisition, multi-state tax issues, R&D credits and more.  She is on the Board of Directors and an active member of the Manufacturers Association of Maine.