A bank is basically a business that aims at profit; this means that by default a bank is not your ally, but a business that is trying to take advantage of you and your money. Bank managers and owners usually spend a great deal of money in order to get a license and have their institution up and running. On the other hand a credit union holds a non profit status, which means that it can offer higher rates, facilitate the procedures and lessen the fees. The profit is divided to the account holders of the credit union accounts, while at the same time in a bank the only ones who seem to get advantage of this profit are the managers, executives and golden boys. It is known that banks have the ability to apply smaller fees and offer better rates, but this would have an impact on their profit, thus, cannot really happen.
When opening an credit union account you become a part owner of the union; this doesn’t mean that you will be getting some bonus or extra money, but you will be getting better rates and you will be able to perform your transactions in the most hassle free way.
A great advantage of credit card union are the low interest rates offered in loans; there are many people who apply for car or home loans because they can get better interest rates, compared to another lender such as a bank. The checking account fees are fewer and there are no annual fees or handling fees you need to pay every now and then.