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WHAT IS A CREDIT UNION

A credit union is a cooperative financial institutuion, owened and controlled by the people who use its services. These people are called “members.” Credit unions serve people who share something in common, such as where they work, live, occupational background, or go to church. Credit unions are not-for-profit and exist to provide a safe, convenient place for members to save money at higher rates of return, and to receive loans at reasonable rates. Most importantly, credit unions provide greater and friendlier service to the membership, as well as dividends.

newspaper-154444_640HOW CAN ONE JOIN A CREDIT UNION?

Anyone can join a credit union. To find out more on how to join call (325) 673-5222 and ask for Karen. Credit unions, like other financial institutions, are closely regulated. They operate in a very prudent manner. Credit Unions are Safe and Sound. The National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund ( administered by the National Credit Union Administration, an agency of the federal government), insures deposits of credit union members at credit unions nation-wide. Operating similar to the deposit insurance protection offered by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), deposits are insured up to $250,000 for each member.

WHAT MAKES A CREDIT UNION DIFFERENT?

Like other financial institutions, credit unions accept deposits and make loans to their members. However, unlike the other institutions, which are owned by stockholders (who are interested in personal return on their investments in the form of dividends on shares of stock and higher stock prices), credit unions are not-for-profit and are interested primarily in serving the needs of ther members. Dividends on shares are paid to the members, not stockholders. The credit union philosophy continues to guide Texas credit unions, as it has throughout the history of the credit union movement.