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Coin Counters: A Tool To Teach Children Sound Money Management

Coin Counters are an integral part of a credit union’s youth program. They provide children with a goal to save money and a memorable experience when the coins are dropped into the machine, sorted, and deposited. Even very young children understand the concept of saving money and watching it grow! Coin […]

Credit Unions Make a Difference

by Chloe Niu, Wharton Student & FMFCU Intern Credit unions and banks have coexisted for a long time, each offering financial services to serve their respective members and customers. Recent directives for credit unions, however, have raised the age-old question of where distinction between credit unions and banks exists. The […]

When Families Talk Openly About Money, It Pays

Chloe Niu, Wharton Student & FMFCU Intern Saving, spending, sharing, and earning are four simple words essential to greater objectives like success and independence. According to KeyBank, 76% of college students wish they had more help to prepare for their financial futures. Unfortunately, by the time students complete their academic […]

The Credit Union Difference

Imagine setting out to do something good in your community and the service you provide is so valuable that the demand for it rapidly increases to the point you’re nearly overwhelmed. Demand for services is good, right? But what if the service you’re offering is free? In the credit union […]

Three Reasons Why Trade Shows are Worth the Expense

Trade shows are expensive. Plain and simple. They can devour the lion’s share of your marketing budget. Nevertheless, trade shows should be part of your marketing plan if a significant portion of attendees comprise your target audience, you are interested in building relationships, or your product or service is typically […]

Why Aren’t More Small CUs Involved in Loan Participation?

Your credit union’s asset size might preclude you from investing through broker/dealers but it doesn’t preclude you from loan growth or generating interest income in the lucrative real estate loan market. So, why aren’t small credit unions taking advantage of loan participations en masse to accomplish this goal? “Many credit […]

Surefire Method for Mitigating the Effects of Identity Theft

“This is a reminder to take inventory of what’s in our wallets,” my colleague said after he and I learned about a potential identity crisis. Note: Only the name of the subject in this scenario has been changed to protect the innocent. It was around lunchtime when my friend, Sarah, […]

The Credit Union Movement—Millennials Get it!

Despite the incredible growth credit unions have experienced in recent years, the member-owned financial cooperative movement remains on the threshold of major expansion. Increasingly, millennials are choosing credit unions over big banks for a number of reasons. Namely, they get it! We at Credit Union Network for Financial Literacy are regularly […]

The Line on Credit

Believe it or not the line on credit is that in order to accrue it, you have to use it but not to the extent some would think. The debt-averse have a hard time comprehending this theory and the often bandied about notion that credit cards are a necessary tool […]

Bear Business: Three Essentials for Growing a Community

Make no mistake about it, O Bee Credit Union placed larger-than-life (2-3 times larger) images of The Berenstain Bears in the windows of their Yelm branch to capture the attention of thousands of motorists traversing nearby highways. The Olympia-based financial institution did this to build trust, offer value, and drive […]