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|Generate profit for stockholders. Make decisions based on what will give stockholders more profit.||Not for profit, not for charity, but for service. Without "profit motive," make decisions based on what's best for members.|
|Commercial businesses. Offer services to make a profit.||Financial cooperatives. Members pool their savings to provide low-cost loans and low-fee services to each other.|
|Serve customers from the general public. Anyone can use a bank.||Exist solely to serve their members. A person must be within the credit union's field of membership, as defined by their charter, in order to join.|
|People who buy stock in the bank own shares of the business.||Each member is an equal owner.|
|The Board of Directors are paid a salary. Daily operations are performed by a paid staff.||Unpaid volunteers from the membership serve on the Board of Directors and guide the credit union. Daily operations are performed by a paid staff.|
|Only people who own stock can vote for the Board of Directors. The customers who use the bank don't have a say.||As owners, members elect fellow members to serve on the Board of Directors.|
|Income is returned to the stockholders in the form of higher dividends on their shares of stock.||Income is returned to members in the forms of better savings rates, lower loan rates, and low or no fees for services.|
|Like other for-profit businesses, banks must pay taxes to the government.||Like other not-for-profit institutions, credit unions are exempt from paying federal income tax.|
|Deposits are federally insured up to $250,000 by the FDIC, a government agency.||Deposits are federally insured up to $250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration, a government agency. The NCUA's insurance fund is the healthiest of all federal deposit insurance.|