Credit Union Vs. a Bank

Credit Union Vs. a Bank: The CU Difference!

You mPiggy Bankay have heard about credit unions, but do not have a clue about the difference between a credit union and a bank. See the side-by-side comparison below. Based on the information, see what financial institution is the best fit for your life style.

Credit Union: (Noun) A not-for-profit financial institution that gives profit made back to members via lower interest rates on loans, higher interest on dividends, and more free products and services. 

Credit Union Vs. a Bank: What’s the difference?
Credit Unions Banks
Not-for-profit cooperatives Institutions run for profit
Return earnings  to members through lower loan rates, higher savings rates and free or low-cost services Return profits to a small group of stockholders at the expense of their customers
Make loans only to their members, which both serves their membership and assures that capital remains within the community Often makes loans to outside borrowers, including foreign countries and commercial enterprises
Have member/owners-each person who deposits money has a share of the ownership Customers have no rights of ownership
Board of Directors is elected by the membership Customers have no voting privileges
Have a volunteer Board of Directors that serves for no compensation Have a paid Board of Directors that serves for financial gain
Can serve only those individuals within their field of membership Can serve anyone in the general public
Are service driven and people focused Are credit driven and profit focused
Believe competition benefits all consumers Try to eliminate competition through legislation and lawsuits

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