There are three categories of liquidity sources that apply to liquidity planning. Each of these sources is relevant to the underlying safety and soundness of a credit union’s liquidity management program. Essentially, these sources act as layers of liquidity protection and function similar to a series of financial firewalls. The three categories are:

The NCUA Board adopted a final rule on liquidity and contingency funding plans on October 24, 2013.  NCUA adopted this rule to ensure all credit unions conduct sound liquidity planning, and large credit unions establish access to at least one federal source of contingent liquidity: the Federal Reserve Discount Window (Discount Window) and/or Central Liquidity Facility (CLF).  As we learned during the financial crisis, sound liquidity planning and access to federal liquidity sources are vital to the safety and soundness of the credit union system.