Des Moines, Seattle FHLBanks Discuss Potential Merger
August 8, 2014
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle jointly announced that they have entered into merger discussions, but don’t expect a rash of FHLBank consolidations regardless of the outcome, says an expert. The two institutions “entered into an exclusivity arrangement regarding a potential merger,” the two FHLBanks announced last week. The proposed merger of the FHLBank of Des Moines and the smaller, troubled FHLBank of Seattle would create an institution with more than 1,500 member financial institutions in 13 states and three U.S. territories in the Pacific Ocean.