Submitted by sevans on Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:00pm

Risk-based lending philosophy does not intend for a credit union to grant "bad loans," however, it assumes that proper pricing and conservative terms may justify higher risk loans. Credit unions offering risk-based lending should aim towards diversification and management of risk. This can be accomplished by establishing policies, procedures, and pricing ranges broad enough to serve low-risk, average, and higher-risk borrowers. The key to successful risk-based lending is to ensure that prices (rates) correctly reflect the risk and costs involved. Risk-based lending is not suitable for every credit union and the financial and operational issues involved should be fully explored prior to entering a RBL program.

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