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Should You Join A Credit Union Instead of A Bank? With Daniel Sulpizio
Episode 3315th October 2022 • Dollar Wise Podcast • HFM Investment Advisors, LLC
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You’ve probably heard about credit unions before. But, do you know what they are and why you’d ever join one instead of a traditional bank? That’s what we discuss with Daniel Sulpizio in this episode. Find out how a credit union can potentially save you a lot of money and make your finances simpler and more streamlined.


Daniel Sulpizio is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at First Harvest Credit Union


Tune into this episode to learn:

●     The difference between credit unions and commercial banks

●     How you can save money by joining a credit union

●     Why offer credit union membership as a corporate benefit


What we discussed 

(00:31) Who is Daniel Sulpizio?

(01:33) What’s the First Harvest Credit Union?

(02:12) What’s a credit union?

(04:04) Why using a credit union might be better for you

(06:51) Opening an account at a credit union vs. a bank

(07:37) Should your company offer credit union membership as a benefit?

(09:04) Tuition rewards program and how to join the First Harvest Credit Union



3 Things To Remember

  1. Credit unions offer similar services as a commercial bank might offer - but usually at better rates and lower fees. The credit union movement started in Germany in the 1800s. It came to the United States in the 1900s. Roosevelt enacted the Federal Credit Union Act and made credit unions mainstream. 
  2. A credit union answers to its members, not stock shareholders. Everyone who opens an account in the credit union becomes a member of the credit union. 
  3. You are less likely to be pressured into products you don’t need at a credit union because of its membership structure. Customer service is one of the great differentiators of being part of a credit union.


Useful Links


What the heck is a credit union?


First Harvest Credit Union:


Connect with Daniel Sulpizio: LinkedIn


Connect with Jason Gabrieli: | LinkedIn



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