Asset Quality Score
This test's purpose is to try to understand how the credit union's reserves set aside to cover loan losses, as well as overall capitalization could be affected by troubled assets, such as past-due mortgages.
A credit union with a large number of these kinds of assets could eventually be forced to use capital to absorb losses, diminishing its equity buffer. Many of those assets are also likely to be in non-accrual status and thus aren't earning interest for the credit union, resulting in reduced earnings and potentially more risk of a future failure.
On Bankrate's asset quality test, DESERT SAGE scored 32 out of a possible 40 points, less than the national average of 38.09 points.
The credit union's ratio of troubled assets was 0.00 percent in our test, lower than the national average and potentially indicative of greater financial strength than other credit unions.