How credit unions are different to banks

There are many differences between credit unions and banks

A common question we get asked is ‘what is the difference between banks and credit unions?’ From the outside, it may be hard to tell. We are here to explain to you the real difference between banks and credit unions.

Key differences between banks and credit unions

  • For-profit vs Not-for-profit

    Being for-profit, banks aim is to make money from their loans and investments to satisfy shareholders. Whereas, credit unions are not-for-profit, meaning there are no external shareholders to satisfy, so profit can go back towards benefiting the members.

  • Shareholders vs Members

    Banks are owned and run by their shareholders. On the other hand, credit unions are owned and run by their members. By becoming a member of a credit union, you have a say. Members are welcomed to attend an Annual General Meeting to vote on key decisions and have their say.

  • Ethical focus & social responsibility

    A credit union’s main purpose is to serve their members by improving their financial position, encouraging healthy saving habits, and providing affordable loans where needed. A key focus of credit unions is also to educate their members financially.

Here to help you save, there if you need to borrow

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  • The information provided in this article is for guidance and educational purposes only. Police Credit Union Ltd. does not offer regulated financial advice. Please seek independent financial advice.

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