ALL ABOUT CREDIT UNIONS
Learn More About Advantis and How Credit Unions Work
So what is a credit union?
A credit union is a federally insured financial institution, just like a bank. Unlike banks – and what sets us apart – is that a credit union is owned by all of its customers (often called members). This is important because it means that instead of turning any profits over to shareholders, like banks do, credit unions return profits to customers through better rates and lower fees.
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The Advantis difference
Not all credit unions are created equally. Advantis is locally owned by our members, and we’ve been serving the people of Portland since 1928. In addition to our expert financial advice and solutions designed especially to meet your needs, we’re dedicated to making a positive impact through ongoing grant and community service programs.
Our highest priorities are serving your best financial interests and making it easy to bank with us.
- In-branch, online, mobile and 30,000 surcharge-free ATM banking options
- High-growth savings and high-value checking accounts
- Superior interest rates to make you money and save you money
- Checking, savings, wealth management, and loan solutions to meet your needs
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Becoming a member
Switching to Advantis is quick and easy. If you live or work in the Portland are, any one of 24 Western Oregon counties, or in Washington State (or you’re a family member of a current member) you’re already eligible to join.
Many people ask about the value of banking with a credit union, and how we're different from banks. Check out a few of the most common questions (and answers) to help you understand credit unions.
- Why are credit unions better than banks?
- Why are credit unions non-profit?
- Why are credit unions safer than banks?
- What credit unions can I join?
- Are credit unions FDIC insured by the government?