Why Do Credit Unions Talk Funny?
Credit unions offer many of the same services you find at other financial institutions, but sometimes use different words to describe familiar activities. It’s all part of what makes credit unions significantly different from other financial service providers.
Your credit union savings represent your “share” in the financial cooperative, which is what a credit union is. Thus, you have a share savings account, or, for a fixed-term account, a share certificate account. And if you have an account you use, for example, to pay bills and daily recreation, you have a share draft account, so named because you’re able to draw on your shares. In all respects, these accounts work the same way that savings, certificates of deposit, and checking accounts work at other financial institutions.
Dividends are the share of earnings Madison County Federal Credit Union distributes to shareholders—members. Fees and borrowing rates are lower, and savings rates higher, because credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives. Profit-driven financial institutions like banks must make money to pay stockholders in proportion to their holdings. All credit union members benefit from the credit union’s financial success, but bank income bypasses customers to pay a limited number of stockholders.
Your credit union shares are backed by share insurance up to $250,000. And Madison County Federal Credit Union undergoes rigorous examination by the NCUA to assure sound operation and management. Madison County Federal Credit Union received its operating charter — permission to do business and the rules it must observe — from the state of Indiana in 1935. The directors and management comply with the charter and also with the credit union’s own bylaws. These are rules that members and directors adopt to define the credit union’s field of membership (who’s eligible to join), set the par value of shares (in other words, is each share $5, or some other value?), and describe common credit union functions.
Now that we’re all speaking the same language, call 765-644-3623 or stop by any branch for information about membership or financial services—on your terms, of course!
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$500 Raised for APL on Love My Credit Union Day!
THANK YOU to everyone who participated in #ilovemycreditunion day on July 28 – sharing your credit union love and helping us raise money for The Animal Protection League Inc., Indiana.
After counting all who posted and tagged as we requested and even those close to posting as requested, we are thrilled to announce that $500 was raised to support the Animal Protection League. Thank you for partnering with us to celebrate the value of credit unions and helping us to make a difference with all of our furry friends!😺🐕🦺