U.S. Central Federal Credit Union
is the largest corporate credit union
in the United States. Unlike consumer driven credit unions (referred to as "natural person" credit unions in the industry), U.S. Central provides its services only to other corporate credit unions, in effect acting as the "corporate credit union's credit union". The organization was founded in 1974.
U.S. Central does not serve consumers directly, a role fulfilled by consumer credit unions
, it was instead established to serve the credit union industry by providing opportunities for investments through government approved instruments and providing liquidity (credit) needs to regional and state corporate credit unions which need them. U.S. Central also provides other industry standard services such as payment systems, Electronic Funds Transfer
Services and item processing. The organization also provides economic services and forecasts specific to the credit union industry. Many of its operations and services parallel that of a central bank
, except it serves corporate credit unions rather than commercial banks.
U.S. Central Federal Credit Union is located in Lenexa, Kansas
In January 2009, the National Credit Union Administration
injected $1 billion into U.S. Central.Gillam, Carey. Reuters.
22 March 2009. On March 20, 2009, NCUA placed U.S. Central Credit Union into conservatorship