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There are some surprising similarities and differences between banks and credit unions. Find out what they are.
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The Difference Between Banks and Credit Unions
Both operate on similar terms with some differences. Banks and credit unions are financial institutions where deposit and loan products can be obtained. Because national banks are bigger than credit unions, they have the financial backing to offer higher interest rates, better customer incentives, and more branch locations. Credit unions, on the other hand, are nonprofit cooperatives where account holding members become shareholders in the organization. So while a credit union may be smaller in scope than a great deal of banks, customers have more stake, or share, in the organization’s financial future.
With both types of banking establishments, all deposits up to $250,000 are insured under federal law — for banks, the insuring agency is the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and for credit unions, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).
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