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LAFCU membership saved you and your fellow members over $18 million last year.

We work hard to earn the honor of being your trusted financial partner. As your financial cooperative, we think it’s important for you to know the value your LAFCU membership offers. We've always believed that we offer you a better overall value than banks, so we decided it was time to prove it.

Working with a national research firm, we compared our account rates and fees with the average rates and fees of leading banks in our primary market areas. When all the calculations were done, LAFCU members collectively saved more than $18 million this past year simply by having their accounts with LAFCU versus a leading bank. That’s an average of $315 per member.

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*These figures represent product categories, which consist of multiple account types. For example, two checking accounts would be considered one checking product.

Are you making the most of your membership?

On average, LAFCU members saved $315 each last year just by having their accounts with LAFCU versus a leading bank. If your membership savings amount was more than that, congratulations! You’re likely making good use of your LAFCU membership. But are you making the most of it? If you saved less than $315, you may not be taking full advantage of all that your membership can offer.

The more you have with us, the more you save.
Our market research demonstrates that the easiest way to save more is to do more with us. We know that the deeper our financial relationship is with you, the more you save. Members with one LAFCU account only saved an average of $41 annually whereas members with six accounts saved an average of $1,610.

How do your savings stack up?
Below are the average member savings amounts by account type. If your account’s savings were less than the average, we encourage you to schedule an appointment to review the membership benefits available to you.


Average Savings by Account Type

DEPOSITS

Certificate of Deposit

$889

Checking

$75

Money Market Account

$250

Savings

$48

Individual Retirement Account

$521


LOANS

Mortgage

$1,373

Credit Card

$102

Home Equity

$286

Consumer Loan

$101

Auto Loan

$297

As a financial institution, we’re all about numbers. In fact, we’re obsessed with saving you money. In case you’re a little like us, we want to give you the scoop on how we calculated your estimated, annualized savings.

The actual formulas vary by account type; however, regardless of account type, we used the same basic method shown below to calculate each of your account’s individual savings amounts. We then added all of your individual amounts together to calculate your total estimated, annualized savings amount. The definitions for each term are further below.

Term Definitions

Rate Benefit
The rate benefit is the difference between your personal account rate and the average bank account rate for your assigned market area.

Account Balance
The definition varies by account type as follows:

  • • For open loans, we used your current account balance (Rate Benefit × Account Balance) + Fees

  • • For term loans, we used your original balance (12-month cumulative interest savings based on rate benefit, original balance and term of loan)

  • • For Deposits, we used your current balance (Rate Benefit × Account Balance) + Fees

Fee Benefit
The fee benefit represents the difference between the average bank account maintenance fee for your assigned market area and LAFCU's account maintenance fee for a comparable account.

Our Research Partner
We partnered with Informa Research Services, Inc., Calabasas, CA, www.informars.com, to conduct this research. Although the information Informa provided us has been obtained from banks themselves, neither LAFCU nor Informa can guarantee absolute accuracy as rates can change without notice.

Savings

What does my estimated, annualized savings amount reflect?
The amount listed on your personalized savings report represents the sum of all of your individual account savings amounts. It reflects the difference between what you paid or earned in interest, fees or rebates at LAFCU and what you may have paid or earned on average for comparable accounts at leading banks in your assigned market area. The amounts listed are for illustrative purposes only and do NOT constitute a cash payout, dividend or bonus.

What does “estimated, annualized savings” mean?
Because we compared your personal account rates and fees against the average rates and fees of the collective banks in your assigned market area, we cannot quote exact savings. Instead, the savings represent an estimate based on your personal account rate and balances. Annualized simply means that we’ve estimated your account for an entire year regardless of when you actually opened the account.


Calculation

What fees are included in the Fee Benefit calculation?
The only fees included in the calculation are recurring account maintenance fees. We did not include penalty or “occasional” fees such as overdraft fees, stop payment fees, foreign item fees, etc. LAFCU has very few account maintenance fees so your membership really helps you save big in the fee area.


Data

Where did you get the data?
We partnered with Informa Research Services, Inc., Calabasas, CA, www.informars.com to conduct this research. We compared market rates using financial data from July 2018. Although the information Informa provided us has been obtained from banks themselves, neither LAFCU nor Informa can guarantee absolute accuracy as rates can change without notice.


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Checking

Mortgages and Home Equity

Credit Card

CDs and IRAs

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LAFCU!

Mortgage
$1,373
IRA
$521
CD
$889

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