What is a Credit Union?

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Use the Web to Take Charge of Your Credit

We use credit to make many substantial business deals, such as buying a home or car, or obtaining a loan. Other times, we simply want to use a credit card to make our daily lives a little easier. Whether you want to learn how to select the right credit card, protect yourself from identity theft, or learn how your credit score affects the loans you receive, the Web can serve as your guide to understanding, establishing, and maintaining good credit. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.

What is Credit?

The credit card industry mailed more than six billion credit card offers to households during 2005. ... read more »

Finding and Improving Your Credit Score

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Choosing the Right Credit Card

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Credit Card Debt

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Teens, Young Adults, and Credit

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Protecting My Credit

With so many people using credit cards, credit card fraud has become a lucrative ... read more »

What is a Credit Union?

If interest rates are starting to look too intimidating, it might be time to consider a credit union, where members pool their money and loan it to each other at relatively low rates. The sites we've selected can teach you more about credit unions and help you find one in your area.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • If you want to verify the security of a credit union, you can either check its "Safe & Sound" ratings at Bankrate or request a financial memorandum or recent financial statements straight from the credit union.
  • To answer more specific questions you may have about credit unions, search for a "Consumer" page on the Web sites we've listed below.

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