Federally insured credit unions brought in record-high earnings last year, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) reported. NCUA reported earnings of $8.5 billion across the industry in 2012, the highest annual figure ever posted. Earnings last year were 36.1 percent higher from the $6.3 billion reported in 2011. The rise in earnings came largely from reductions in loan loss reserves, “a positive sign of improving economic conditions,” NCUA said in a release.

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