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Mutual Savings Associations

The history of savings associations in the mutual form of ownership dates back to the formation of the first savings association in 1831-the Oxford Provident Building Association. By buying shares in the association and pooling their money, the members (the depositors who pooled their savings) financed each other's homes. As mutual savings associations evolved, they continued to provide housing finance to their members. Over 100 years later, Congress enacted the Home Owners Loan Act and a federal mutual savings association charter was created.

Today's mutual savings associations still provide mortgages and consumer finance products to their communities and their members. As they have evolved, they have become more like other full-service banks, but they continue to be organized similarly to the first mutual savings association in 1831.

Free from stockholder calls for larger returns, mutual savings associations tend to be small, locally focused institutions. The OCC tailors its exam procedures and off-site monitoring to the unique characteristics and operations of these institutions. Mutuals play an important role in providing financial services to communities across America.

Mutual Savings Association Advisory Committee

The Mutual Savings Association Advisory Committee (MSAAC) helps the OCC assess the state of mutual savings associations and advises the OCC on ways to help ensure their continued health and viability.

Resources

  • BankNet - Log on to this secure Website exclusively for employees of national banks and federal savings associations for email, financial services industry news, tools and reports, a calendar of upcoming events, and more.
  • Community Bank Director Workshops - Register for effective workshops that focus on roles and responsibilities for directors of national community banks and federal savings associations.
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Related News and Issuances

DateIDTitle
08/30/2022 NR 2022-102 OCC Hosts Mutual Savings Association Advisory Committee Meeting September 20
07/19/2022 NR 2022-88 OCC Seeks Nominations for Mutual Savings Association Advisory Committee
07/19/2022 NR 2022-87 OCC's Mutual Savings Association Advisory Committee Charter Renewed