Credit union themed blogs are alive with hot topics each month. In August, many blogs were honing in on checking and ATM topics, while others connected with the back-to-school season, offering ways to help students prep for college and tips for pitching in with community school supplies drives.
The Financial Brand’s blog this month included a post on how as larger bank’s fees continue to draw some media attention, credit unions are deliberately bucking the trend. The post summarized a study from Moneyrates.com that found that free checking is getting scarce at banks, credit unions are still offering that benefit. In fact, 72% of the nation’s largest 50 credit unions offer free checking.
Hopewell Federal Credit Union’s ($74.7M, Heath, OH) blog also touched on free checking. It’s post, which linked to a Fox news story on what consumers should look for when they try to find free checking from a credit union, including convenience, shared branching, customer service, technology and stability.
Meanwhile, other credit blogs were abuzz about the opportunities in the back-to-school season, as Callahan & Associates’ media director Rebecca Wessler has written about recently.
Credit Unions Online has a post on how cooperatives can help members prepare for college. The piece describes several examples of credit unions offering products that can help members who gearing up for campus, like Dominion Credit Union’s two credit card options with no annual fees and low interest rates to help students build credit history. Another post on Credit Unions Online describes credit unions’ charitable school efforts – such as Suncoast Schools FCU’s $5,000 donation to a supply drive.
But free checking and back-to-school efforts were not the only hot blog topics this month. Here are a few more examples: