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    Sentinel Federal Credit Union Membership

    • Sentinel Federal Credit Union is headquartered in Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota and has been serving members since 1955.
    • 9th largest credit union in the state of South Dakota, managing $165.22 Million in assets and serving over 9,000 members.

    Membership: You are eligible if you live, work, worship, or go to school in certain South Dakota counties in and around Rapid City.

  • GreenState CU logo

    GreenState Credit Union Membership

    • Green State Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative providing banking services, including savings, loans, and other financial services.
    • The largest credit union in Iowa, with assets totaling $6.66 Billion and serving over 229,000 members.

    Membership: Those who live or work in Iowa or a county in Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska, or South Dakota that borders Iowa are eligible for membership.

  • Campco Federal Credit Union

    Campco Federal Credit Union Membership

    • CAMPCO Federal Credit Union is headquartered in Gillette, Wyoming and has been serving members since 1971.
    • 7th largest credit union in Wyoming, managing $203.09 Million in assets and serving over 19,000 members.

    Membership: If you live, work, or worship in designated counties in Wyoming and South Dakota.

What is Banking?

Banking is a form of money management using products and services related to savings and loans.

Different Types of Financial Institutions

Banks

Banks are what we typically associate with banking. They come in different sizes: local, national, traditional and online-only. Federal or state agencies supervise banks. The FDIC insures deposits of participating banks.

Credit Unions

Credit unions are not-for-profit financial institutions. They offer products and services similar to banks with a focus on member service, not profit. The NCUA insures deposits from participating credit unions.

Alternative Financial Services

Many fintechs are non-chartered financial services companies that offer banking services. You might think of them as an app offering checking and savings accounts, debit cards, payments, etc. They are not banks but work with partner banks or credit unions to hold your deposits.

Types of Banking Accounts

Banking accounts help make financial transactions convenient.

Savings Account

A savings account helps you save your money. You’re storing your money for future use and hopefully earning a reasonable interest rate. Interest is the money you earn for letting the bank keep your money. Some financial institutions impose minimum deposits, withdrawal limits, and fees.

Checking Account

A checking account is a transactional account that allows you to make deposits and withdrawals of your money anytime. Checking accounts is not the best place to store your money, as the goal of the account is for use, not saving.

Most checking accounts do not pay interest, but some do. Be mindful of transaction limits, minimum balance requirements, and fees.

Debit Card

Checking accounts come with a debit card enabling you to spend your money conveniently. A debit card allows for making purchases at stores and online shopping. You can only spend the money that’s in your checking account. Additionally, you can use your debit card at ATMs to make deposits, withdrawals, check balances, and transfers between accounts.

Money Market Account

A money market account is a type of hybrid savings and checking account. It tends to have higher deposit requirements but often pays more interest than a savings account.

Certificate of Deposit (CD)

A certificate of deposit, also known as a CD, helps you save money with a set interest rate for a specific amount of time. Your cash is term-locked. In exchange, you get a higher interest rate compared to a traditional savings account. Certificate terms can start at 30 days and go to 5 or more years.

How to Choose the Best Banking Service

You have many choices on the type of account to use and the variety of financial institutions available. So, shop around. Ask the following questions to help you narrow down your choices:

  • What are the products and services offered?
  • What are the fees?
  • Are there minimum balance requirements?
  • Do I need a physical location (like a branch) or prefer better mobile app services?
  • Does local banking matter or is national big bank convenient?
  • Are deposits FDIC or NCUA insured?
  • How to access your money?
  • Debit card? ATM network?
  • Can I set auto-transfers, auto-payments, and alerts?

You want to determine how the banking provider aligns with your needs, the cost of services, safety, security, and overall convenience.

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