Asset Quality Score
In this test, Bankrate tries to determine the effect of problem assets, such as unpaid loans, on the credit union's capitalization and allocated loan loss reserves.
A credit union with extensive holdings of these types of assets could eventually have to use capital to absorb losses, decreasing its cushion of equity. 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 diminished earnings and potentially more risk of a future failure.
On Bankrate's test of asset quality, LOWELL MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES scored 40 out of a possible 40 points, better than 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 greater financial strength than other credit unions.