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Bank and Credit Union Basics

Banks and Credit Unions

Banks and credit unions are changing. They now send out more electronic payments than paper checks as more than 80 percent of the population use online bill payments. Are you one of them? More ATM machines are now available in all different communities. With extended service hours on the Internet, speed and convenience of banking is a reality. What’s important to you?

  • Location of Nearest Branch and ATM

  • Overdraft Protection
  • Services in Other Languages
  • 24 Hour Telephone Support
  • Check Your Balance Online
  • Free Online Banking Services
    • Online Bill Pay
    • Online Account Management and Transfers
    • Email Alerts
    • Mobile Phone Banking

Find out how to pick the best bank for you.

Credit Unions

If you’re looking for lower fees and better interest rates or a place where you have more influence in how things are run, you may want to consider a credit union. A credit union is a membership-based nonprofit organization where every member is a part owner. To join, you can simply be a member of your community, or part of a group or organization. Credit unions often have small membership fees, (such as $5), but often offer better rates and less banking fees than large national banks.

Find a Credit Union near you.

 

  Credit Unions  Banks
Ownership Owned by Members Owned by Stockholders
Checking Offers free and low-cost checking accounts Offers free and low-cost checking accounts
Savings May give higher interest rates (the more you save, the more you earn) May offer more ways to save (retirement plans, stock investments, etc)
Loans May have lower interest rates (less to pay back in loan payments) May have higher interest rates
Other Services Usually less ATMs, fewer branches (more likely to pay for other banks ATM machines) More ATMs, more branches (usually higher ATM fees)

 

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A credit union is a member-owned and controlled, financial cooperative that is entirely operated by and for its members. When an individual deposits money into a credit union, he/she becomes a member of the credit union and has partial ownership of that credit union. I think it is better to trust this king of institution. It's about time more people moved their funds from the kind of banks that needed the bank bailouts – they completely mismanaged their funds, and they deserve to fail – to community banks and credit unions.

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