El Segundo, CA (PRWEB) February 25, 2013
Gone are the days when credit unions come in second place behind big banks in terms of services offered. The best credit unions today can now claim one more perk provided to members, which used to be exclusive to banks: investment services.
Findings show that credit unions are typically providing investment services through third party discount brokers, such as BestVest and CUNA Brokerage Services. Through these firms, members can manage their investment portfolios and receive assistance investing in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.
However, investors should note that GoBankingRates found the biggest drawback to investing through credit unions are higher trade fees; commissions charged by credit union brokerage firms are often much higher than more common, household name discount brokerages like E*Trade and Trade King, often ranging between $15 and $25 per trade.
Even so, consumers who prefer credit unions over traditional banks will likely enjoy the investment services offered by credit unions. GoBankingRates managing editor, Casey Bond, states, "Investors looking to receive the credit union 'personal touch' when managing their portfolios and who will do anything to avoid dealing with banks, are the perfect candidates for investing with credit unions."
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Jaime Catmull, Director of Public Relations