WASHINGTON (10/15/13)--The Credit Union National Association and the credit union system saw a busy week last week in the media. Mainstream press not only focused on credit unions' efforts to assist furloughed federal employees, but also carried general articles touting the benefits of credit unions.
CUNA was cited in The Wall Street Journal
as an expert on consumer credit card behavior, and in a Tennessean
opinion-editorial about preserving the credit union tax status. The Fontana Herald News
picked up CUNA Chairman Patricia Wesenberg's op-ed on "Tax Reform Should Put Consumers First--Not Banks."
carried a syndicated article by Stacy Johnson outlining seven reasons to join a credit union. The article has had wide coverage, including in MSN.Money
and Yahoo! Finance
. Her reasons for joining a credit union include:
- Lower rates on loans;
- Higher rates on savings;
- Better credit card deals
- Lower and fewer fees;
- Ease of borrowing;
- Convenience via shared branches,
- Human beings answering the phone; and
- Deposits guaranteed by a federal insurance fund.
To join a credit union, she advises going to locator sites such as "the Credit Union National site."
And an article on Credit Unions Online
noted that Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index says the national member business loan growth is up 45% for August, proving that credit unions continue to be a necessary resource for business owners.
Others featuring articles favorable to credit unions in their furlough coverage included The Washington Post
, and Baltimore Sun
To access the articles, go to the "In the Media" link.