Founded in 1982, MEMBERS Capital Advisors, Inc. (MCA) is a wholly-owned registered investment advisor subsidiary of CUNA Mutual Group. Serving 95% of U.S. credit unions for more than 80 years, CUNA Mutual Group protects nearly 30 million people, has more than 43,000 financial advisors helping people across the nation, and is expanding the footprint in the financial services industry. MCA has more than $26 billion of general account assets under management (AUM) for CMFG Life Insurance Company and other CUNA Mutual Group entities, as of December, 31 2022.
MCA’s investment philosophy is centered on the belief that incremental value can be added through both security and sector selection, coupled with rigorous internal credit approval and underwriting processes. MCA’s objective is to produce strong and consistent levels of risk-adjusted net investment income and competitive total returns through market cycles, while strictly controlling risk and protecting surplus.
MCA manages a combination of Public and Private Investment Grade and High Yield Corporate Bonds, Municipal Bonds, Structured Securities, U.S. Treasury/Agency/Foreign Government, Stocks, Limited Partnerships, Infrastructure and US Dollar Emerging Market Debt, Preferred Securities, and Commercial Mortgage Loans.
MEMBERS Capital Advisors Commercial Mortgages & Real Estate Group is responsible for investing on behalf of CMFG Life Insurance Company and select third-party investors. We support CUNA Mutual Group’s various lines of insurance and financial products by originating high-debt positions in commercial real estate. Our real estate professionals possess in-depth market knowledge and have developed strong relationships within the industry. Commercial mortgages are originated through a national network of mortgage banking correspondents. We offer competitive spreads for a variety of property types including retail, office, multifamily, and industrial. The loan program also accepts proposals for self-storage, student housing, manufactured housing, mixed-use, and parking structures on a case-by-case basis.
Our investment structure brings a high level of autonomy to be efficient and responsive throughout the process. Key decision-makers are included in the early stages of the origination process, providing surety of execution and enhanced flexibility. We accept loan requests between $3 and $35 million and offer a variety of prepayment structures and a forward funding program. Our closing process is straightforward and helps ensure that due diligence is completed in a timely manner. We use our own in-house counsel during the commitment process and work with a network of seasoned, local attorneys to expedite the loan closing process. We understand that real estate is a relationship business and we value our professional network. This understanding results in close, long-term partnerships with our correspondents and repeat borrowers. We provide quick turnaround times for quotes and loan approvals, and lock-in rates at application prior to deal approval and third-party report receipt.
Solid fundamentals and an experienced team have resulted in historically strong investment results for CUNA Mutual Group. The team is experienced in multiple fixed-income sectors with long-standing dealer and sponsor relationships that provide continuous investment opportunities. MCA’s leadership team is comprised of the President & Chief Investment Officer, Senior Managing Director, Managing Directors who lead asset classes and the credit research function, the Chief Risk Officer as well as the Business Manager, and other key business partners across the enterprise.