How good are Credit Union Banks

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Hi,

We have been with Citibank for past 15 years. The kind of interest what they pay for savingplus account is 0.10%

Wondering if we can move to another bank where they pay better interest rate on the savings account.

I read about these Credit Union banks and people say you might get better interest rates.

1) Are the credit Union Banks good compared to regular bank w.r.t. savings accounts interest rates ?

2)  Which are the popular Credit Union Banks in USA ?  Or anything in Chicago area ?

3)  Based on some articles I read they say Credit Union Banks might not have ATMs like regular banks. But if they are paying

    more interest rates compared to regular banks.  We can leave large cash savings in Credit Union Bank and still leave some

   cash in regular Banks(in case we need to use for ATMs or any other services).   Unless Credit Union Banks now a days does

  provide same facilities like regular banks.   Correct me if I'm wrong.

4)  If you are currently using any Credit Union Bank, which one is it and do you like it ?

Thanks in advance.  Any other suggestions are welcome.

Originally posted by @John Paul :

Hi,

We have been with Citibank for past 15 years. The kind of interest what they pay for savingplus account is 0.10%

Wondering if we can move to another bank where they pay better interest rate on the savings account.

I read about these Credit Union banks and people say you might get better interest rates.

1) Are the credit Union Banks good compared to regular bank w.r.t. savings accounts interest rates ?

2)  Which are the popular Credit Union Banks in USA ?  Or anything in Chicago area ?

3)  Based on some articles I read they say Credit Union Banks might not have ATMs like regular banks. But if they are paying

    more interest rates compared to regular banks.  We can leave large cash savings in Credit Union Bank and still leave some

   cash in regular Banks(in case we need to use for ATMs or any other services).   Unless Credit Union Banks now a days does

  provide same facilities like regular banks.   Correct me if I'm wrong.

4)  If you are currently using any Credit Union Bank, which one is it and do you like it ?

Thanks in advance.  Any other suggestions are welcome.

 Banks are owned by investors who have "shares" and are regulated as a profit making business. Banks are the most expensive way to borrow money and the worst way to get a return on your CDs or other "investments".  Banks fees are the highest allowed.

Credit Unions are not banks. Credit Unions typically are like minded people who join together to pool their money (there is a "Boeing Employee's Credit Union" for example and a "Naval Federal Credit Union") and then lend to each other. Most Credit Unions are non-profit regulated and insured. 

I stopped using banks about 25 years ago. I have saved tons of money as a result. 

Walk into a Credit Union and ask if they have "Shared Branching" which means you can access your Credit Union from anywhere in the USA.  Most Credit Unions do not charge any fee to use another Credit Union's ATMs. Credit Unions are far easier to work with with better service. I make deposits to my Credit Union in the state I used to live in by using my iPhone deposit app. The funds are available immediately.

I have been using Credit Unions for at least 10 years now, and try to minimize the use of big banks.  My credit union pays interest on my checking account of about 1.35% currently (limited maximum amount), but they are local to me.  If you can't find a local credit union to you that pays high interest, consider Alliant Credit Union, which anyone can join, and they pay 1.3% currently on savings. 

@John Paul sorry for the late reply. Yeah credit unions are very good. They have a ton of services and offer much better rates than other banks. As Larry mention, you usually earn interest on your savings and or checking account. Not only that but they are willing to lend out loans. Yes I said willing as in they want you to take it. The only good credit unions I know of in Chicago are Credit Union 1 and United Credit Union.  Both of those have great rates, especially on mortgages and other kind of loans like car loans. Secured credit cards, regular credit cards, personal line of credit. 

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