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Dec 6, 2019 1:16 AM ET

Report: Credit Unions Continue to Help People Afford Life


iCrowd Newswire - Dec 6, 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— Alabama credit unions continue to offer substantial financial benefits to members, according to the Credit Union National Association’s Mid-Year 2019 Alabama Membership Benefits Report.

According to Datatrac, the research firm behind CUNA’s report, credit unions in the state provided their 2.1 million credit union members $260,007,305 in direct financial benefits during the 12 months ending in June. That means, on average, credit union members received the equivalent of $126 each and that households received an average of $264.

Credit unions are member-owned and democratic, allowing these not-for-profit financial institutions to focus their efforts on creating value for members. For-profit financial service providers are obliged to maximize profits for their third-party shareholders. But credit unions’ unique structure allows them to use their revenues to directly benefit consumers. As a result, credit union members often enjoy better service and lower fees.

Credit unions also tend to offer lower average interest rates on personal unsecured loans, fixed-rate first mortgages, adjustable-rate first mortgages, home equity loans, credit cards and new and used auto loans. An example cited in Datatrac’s report shows that financing a new $25,000 automobile for 60 months at a typical Alabama credit union would save borrowers an average of $1,350 a year over the life of the loan.

Alabama’s population stood at 4.89 million as of June 2019, which means credit unions members made up about 42% of the state’s population.

With 466 branches across the state and total assets exceeding $23 billionAlabama’s credit unions are financially strong, convenient and provide great value. For more information or to find a credit union that’s right for you, visit yourmoneyfurther.com.

About the League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates. The League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates represents 342 credit unions in AlabamaFlorida and Georgia, with a combined total of $118.63 billion in assets and more than 10.1 million members. LSCU provides advocacy and regulatory information; education and training; cooperative initiatives (including financial education outreach); media relations and information; and business solutions. For more information, visit www.lscu.coop. Follow the League on Twitter or Facebook.

Contact Information:

Cailin O'Brien
Media Relations Manager
(678) 542-3415
[email protected]








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