Like a bank – but better!
We're often asked, "How is a credit union like a bank?" Our answer: "Well…both offer loans, accounts and other financial services." The question we prefer to answer is: "How are credit unions different from a bank?"
- Credit unions are owned by their members. There are no stockholders to satisfy and no outside investors making decisions about, or profiting from, your money.
- Every dollar of profit is reinvested back into the credit union to benefit its members - helping to lower interest rates on loans and increase interest rates on savings.
- As a member, you're helping your family, friends and neighbors buy their first car, obtain their first mortgage, start a new business, or save for important goals such as college or retirement.
- A credit union’s primary functions are to serve its members and to uphold the credit union motto, 'people helping people'.
The Credit Union Difference.
|Members are owners.||Owned by shareholders.|
|Members serve on the board of directors.||Shareholders serve on the board of directors.|
|Board members are volunteers.||Board members are paid to serve.|
|Not-for-profit organizations.||For-profit organizations.|
|Earnings are returned to members in the form of higher savings rates, minimal fees and lower loan rates.||
Profits are paid to shareholders.
Typically have more fees and higher loan rates.
|Service driven.||Profit driven.|
|Decisions are made locally by people who live and work in the communities served.||Headquarters and decision makers could be located anywhere.|
|Deposits insured by NCUA up to $250,000.||Deposits insured by FDIC up to $250,000.|
Oxford Federal Credit Union is a full-service financial institution serving more than 18,000 members throughout Oxford County, Maine, at convenient locations in Mexico and Norway.