//Credit Unions vs. Banks: the ultimate comparison
Credit Unions: Have members/owners.
Banks: Have customers.
Credit Unions: Are not-for-profit.
Banks: Are for profit.
Credit Unions: Democratically-controlled by its members. Each member has one vote in electing board members and can run for election to the board or committees.
Banks: Controlled by stockholders and board of directors. Customers do not have voting rights and cannot be elected to the board.
Credit Unions: After expenses are paid and reserves are set aside, surplus earnings are returned to members in the forms of lower loan rates, higher savings rates and free or low-cost services.
Banks: Profits are paid only to investors.
Credit Unions: Can serve only those individuals within their field of membership.
Banks: Can serve anyone in the general public.
Credit Unions: Are socially driven, focused on financial education and improving the quality of life of members around the world.
Banks: Are profit-driven.
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