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Credit unions aren’t banks: Here’s how they differ

They make money in similar ways, but the key difference is that credit unions serve members, not shareholders.



Iowa credit unions impact their communities, economy

Dale Owen, Iowa Credit Union Foundation chair Over the past 28 years, I have dedicated my career to improving the financial lives of people living and working in the Quad-City area. Early in my career, I worked for local community banks that merged into larger, national banks. In 1999, I started working for Ascentra Credit […]



Credit unions a vital part of Iowa’s financial ecosystem

Since 1925, credit unions have been a valued alternative for Iowans in the financial services marketplace. As credit union leaders, we feel fortunate our employees will never have to worry about a conflict between serving our members and meeting the needs of our owners. They are the same people.



Credit unions have a prudent regulator, not a ‘cheerleader’

It’s hard not to chuckle after reading Frank Keating’s latest rant on The Hill’s Congress Blog (“Time for Congress to tackle credit unions’ runaway regulator,” July 23) against credit unions and their federal regulator, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). Any time you see the bankers complaining about credit unions, know that life must be pretty good for the banking industry.



Setting the record straight regarding credit unions and taxes

James A. Hughes, president of Unity Bank, recently penned an Industry Insights blog for NJBIZ entitled “It’s time for credit unions to pay their fair share.” There is a simple reason why credit unions do not pay taxes — they are member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperatives that have numerous restrictions placed on them that banks do […]