Credit Unions vs. Banks: What’s The Difference?
Most people don’t know the difference between credit unions and banks. But, there are distinctions that can save you money and brighten your financial future.
Here’s a quick comparison of credit unions versus banks:
- Credit unions are member-owned, so your money works for you instead of paying big bank executives
- Account fees are lower because profits are returned to members
- Credit unions offer lower interest rates on loans and higher interest rates on savings
- Most credit unions and banks are connected to national ATM networks
- Banks tend to utilize automated responses and voicemail trees for customer service. Credit unions tend to provide more 1-on-1, human communication
- Most credit unions and banks offer online and mobile banking, including access to account balances and online payments and transfers
- Credit unions require “membership” – but it’s typically easy to join: You just need to live, work, worship, attend school or volunteer where the credit union is located
- When you join a credit union, your entire immediate family also automatically gets membership
With bank fees and interest rates climbing, a record number of people are joining credit unions for the minimal fees, superior interest rates, and personalized service.
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