How successful a credit union is at earning money affects its safety and soundness. Earnings can be retained by the credit union, giving a boost to its capital buffer, or be used to deal with problematic loans, likely making the credit union more resilient in times of trouble. Losses, on the other hand, lessen a credit union's ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's earnings test, STRAITS AREA scored 10 out of a possible 30, failing to reach the national average of 10.11.
One indication that the credit union is running ahead of its peers in this area was its earnings ratio of 0.00 percent in our test, higher than the average for all credit unions.