Vote with your $$$

Vote with your $$$

About eight years ago I left Chase (WaMu at the time) for a local credit union. I always liked the idea of a more fractured and populist finance system rather than the "too big to fail" juggernauts that use their privileged place in the economy as a shield against consequences or a cudgel to impose their will on businesses, individuals, and even governments.

I am by no means an expert on credit unions and their operations, and also I'm always a bit wary of institutions that survive by shuffling value around rather than directly adding to it, but I feel a whole lot better with a CU based on their expressed values and how their services and record has backed up those values, rather than institutions that so flagrantly care about only their bottom line and stomping out (not outperforming, but eliminating) any who would oppose them.

This to me is a simple way to put your money where your progressive mouth is and the best part is you still get to keep your money!

Portland has a lot of great options (Rivermark, Umpqua, Adventist, in addition to a host of CUs tied to professional unions or organizations). Most have ways of transferring existing debt if that's holding you back.

So after you vote (you have voted, right?) maybe take your dollars (which IMHO, is as political as well as economic currency) away from those who pool others resources to use them in ways discordant with their values or even directly against their interests.
 

TL;DR
Get thee to a credit union (but first, vote!).

Thanks for listening,

SJC

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