Asset Quality Score
In this test, Bankrate tries to determine the effect of problem assets, such as unpaid mortgages, on the credit union's reserves set aside to cover loan losses, as well as overall capitalization.
A credit union with large numbers of these types of assets may eventually have to use capital to absorb losses, reducing its buffer of equity. It also means that there are likely to be many assets that are in non-accrual status and thus aren't earning interest for the credit union, pushing down earnings and elevating the risk of a future failure.
On Bankrate's test of asset quality, BRIGHTSTAR scored 40 out of a possible 40 points, exceeding the national average of 38.09 points.
A lower-than-average ratio of problem assets of 0.00 percent in our test was potentially indicative of superior financial strength compared to other credit unions.