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Credit Unions vs. Banks

What are the Key Differences?

Credit unions are not-for-profit institutions that provide financial services. Most credit unions offer the same types of services as banks, but with a very important difference: credit unions are owned by the people they serve, while banks are profit-driven and owned by shareholders. Credit unions offer lower loan rates and higher savings rates on average than banks—and save consumers billions of dollars each year. Credit unions are insured, closely regulated, and have operated in a very careful manner.

Credit Unions
  • Are not-for-profit institutions
  • Can serve only those individuals within their field of membership
  • Have members, each person who deposits money has a share of ownership
  • Members elect a volunteer Board of Directors to represent their interests
  • Democratically controlled by members
  • Are member service-driven
  • Return profits to members in the form of lower loan rates, higher savings rates and free or low cost services
  • Christian Community Credit Union is privately insured by ASI up to $250,000 per account

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Banks
  • Are profit-oriented institutions
  • Can serve anyone in the general public
  • Have customers with no ownership in the organization
  • Have a paid Board of Directors who represent the owners; customers do not have voting privileges
  • Controlled by stockholders and paid officials
  • Are profit-driven
  • Return profits to a small group of stockholders
  • Are federally insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

The Credit Union Difference: Service over Sales

At Christian Community Credit Union, our goal is meeting your financial service needs–not sales goals. We do this by recognizing your needs and recommending the best possible solution. Unlike banks, the Credit Union is a financial cooperative owned by members–not stockholders. While others have resorted to high-pressure tactics and setting up unauthorized accounts to meet sales quotas, you can count on us to look out for your best interest. We’re committed to treating you in a God-honoring way!

Are you or someone you know affected by the Wells Fargo account issues? Our partners at GreenPath Financial Wellness offer free assistance, including credit counseling. Please call 877.337.3399. 

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