Important Facts About Credit Unions:
- Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives owned by their members to serve those members’ interests, offering traditional financial products and services to local consumers and small businesses in their communities. We are not subject to big-profit pressures from investors/stockowners (unlike many banks).
- Credit unions are among the most well-capitalized financial institutions, maintaining equity reserves and liquid investments that prioritize needed safety and soundness for their members.
- All deposits at federally insured credit unions are protected by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund, a separate fund not associated with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for banks.These credit union deposits are insured for up to $250,000 per individual depositor. Credit union members have never lost a penny of insured savings at a federally insured credit union, and our industry’s deposit insurance fund has the backing of the full faith and credit of the U.S. government.
WHAT IS THE NCUA?
The National Credit Union Administration, commonly referred to as NCUA, is an independent agency of the United States government that regulates, charters and supervises federal credit unions. NCUA also operates and manages the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF). Backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government, the NCUSIF insures the accounts of millions of account holders in all federal credit unions and the vast majority of state-chartered credit unions.
WHAT BASIC COVERAGE IS PROVIDED BY THE NCUSIF?
NCUSIF provides all members of federally insured credit unions with $250,000 in coverage for their single ownership accounts. These accounts include regular shares, share drafts (similar to checking), money market accounts, and share certificates. Individuals with account balances totaling $250,000 or less at the same insured credit union are fully insured. Members have full NCUSIF coverage at each federally insured credit union where they are qualified members. While the NCUSIF coverage protects members at all federally insured credit unions from losses on a broad spectrum of savings and share draft products, it does not cover losses on money invested in mutual funds, stocks, bonds, life insurance policies, and annuities offered by affiliated entities.
THE NCUA SHARE INSURANCE ESTIMATOR
The NCUA Electronic Share Insurance Estimator is available to help members better understand the protection offered by the NCUSIF. This interactive site allows users to input data to compute the amount of NCUSIF coverage available under different account scenarios. This resource is available at NCUA Share Insurance Calculator.
Is the FFCU Balance Sheet Information Public Knowledge?
Yes, as we report quarterly to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). On the ncua.gov website is an “Analysis” tab, which then leads to another link called “Research a Credit Union”. From there, you are able to search “Family Financial Credit Union” and see our financial call report data.