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Find a Local Credit Union and Assess Its Safety

George Washington's picture


In support of Huffington Post's call for people to move our money from the giant banks to community banks and credit unions:

  • Here is a site which lets you find local credit unions
  • Here is a site which rates the safety of banks, thrifts and credit unions
  • And here is another site which rates the safety of credit unions

As USA Today pointed out in August 2008:

Credit unions are regulated by the National Credit Union
Administration, or NCUA, or by state agencies. The NCUA oversees the
safety and soundness of all credit unions.

If you want to check up on your credit union, make sure it's federally
insured by the NCUA and look at its finances, you can do that any time.
Go to the NCUA's website at,
click on the "Credit Union Data" link on the left-hand side of the page
below where it says Data and Services. Next, click on the Find a Credit
Union link, type in the credit union's name and click the Find button.


can then choose to view the Financial Performance Report or the
official regulatory document, called the 5300 report. This report will
tell you how well capitalized the credit union is and even let you see
how many of the loans are going bad.


about your asset protection? Credit unions are backed by the NCUA,
through the NCU Share Insurance Fund, which is backed by the U.S.
government. Individual accounts are backed up to $100,000, with
additional coverage up to $250,000 for certain retirement accounts.
Joint accounts may qualify for coverage of up to $200,000.


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Thu, 12/31/2009 - 11:08 | Link to Comment Anonymous
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Thu, 12/31/2009 - 10:18 | Link to Comment Pondmaster
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Been with the same Credit Union for 28 yrs . No problems yet . All loans for cars and homes , even the old home as ATM to buy second home . I recommend credit unions highly . Happy New Year all !!

Thu, 12/31/2009 - 09:22 | Link to Comment Anonymous
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Thu, 12/31/2009 - 07:59 | Link to Comment Atoyota
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Thanks George

Just posted it to the facebook site 'Move your Money' as well as my wall.

I was concerned that those who decided to take action against big banks would move their money to another problem bank.

This should help.


Thanks again...

Thu, 12/31/2009 - 07:46 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Thu, 12/31/2009 - 06:19 | Link to Comment Renfield
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If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself.
- Sun Tzu

I look at HuffPo now and then to see what the mainstream is thinking.

Sounds like they're beginning to clue in as to who their enemy actually is.

I wonder how long it will take before the USA and Great Britain decide actually to protect their people, not from imaginary 'terr'ists', but against the real enemies of the state.

Thu, 12/31/2009 - 06:07 | Link to Comment Silver_Bullet
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Very good advice.  Reminds me of similar things advocated by Catherine Austin Fitts about removing money from Wall St and moving it back to Main St.  Investing money in small local banks will cause local investment in your town.  Anything put into Wall St will simply be used to delay the asset deflation of the derivatives bubble, and will be put to nefarious uses.

Thu, 12/31/2009 - 05:30 | Link to Comment merehuman
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 Thank you!

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