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American 1 and Premier Financial to Merge

 

 

 

NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Kristi Latoszewski

For immediate release VP, Marketing and Communications

April 25, 2011 (517) 787-6510

klatoszewski@a1fcu.org

American 1 Federal Credit Union and Premier Financial Credit Union to Merge

Jackson, MI American 1 Federal Credit Union (American 1) and Premier Financial Credit Union (Premier Financial) have announced plans to merge in 2011; American 1 being the surviving organization. After months of research and negotiation, the Board of Directors for both organizations has approved the merger. The joining of the two credit unions will result in American 1 serving nearly 50,000 Members in the state of Michigan, with assets exceeding $240 million.

“Premier Financial Credit Union has served the financial needs of our membership for 73 years. In this environment, it’s been challenging to maintain the financial position and growth needed to provide the products, services and locations our members want and need. Our partnership with American 1 will allow us to fulfill our mission and provide the added benefits our members deserve,” stated James Safian, Premier Financial’s CEO.

The merger is slated to be legally complete late summer of 2011, when Premier Financial’s nearly 7,000 member’s accounts transition to American 1. Premier Financial currently offers two locations in the Metro Detroit area. Both of these branches will remain open and American 1 has plans to expand the hours of service for the membership.

“American 1 Federal Credit Union was identified as the ideal merger partner because they are committed to providing superior member service. They have a proven history of financial stability and growth and they are committed to giving back to the communities they serve.” Safian said.

“American 1 Federal Credit Union looks forward to serving the members of Premier Financial Credit Union. This merger is a partnership and a new beginning as both of our credit unions move toward uniting our members, services and operations,” said Dave Puckett, American 1’s President and CEO. American 1 Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial institution based in Jackson, Michigan. In 2010, American 1 Federal Credit Union had an outstanding return on assets of 1.72%. The notable results placed American 1 in the top 4% of more than 7,000 credit unions in the United States for net income. American 1 Federal Credit Union offers a wide range of consumer banking services with a specialty in auto loan expertise.

Since 1950, American 1 Federal Credit Union serves over 42,000 members in Jackson, Hillsdale, Washtenaw, and Calhoun counties. American 1 is federally insured by the NCUA. More information, including current financial statements, for American 1 can be found at http://www.american1fcu.org.

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Secure your funds: stick with plain ol’ certificates



Certificates of deposit (CDs, or just certificates) have many faces, as the New York Times points out.

The story tells how even the plain vanilla certificate become involved in an $8 billion scandal. The thing is, that kind of CD differs from other kinds of CDs.

To start, you have your basic certificate: you give a bank or a credit union money, and they pay you a dividend when the certificate matures. You can’t touch the money until the term is up, however, without paying fees and penalties. They carry virtually no risk because you know what kind of interest your money will earn ahead of time. Even better, the NCUA covers your credit union certificate deposit up to $250,000. American 1 offers these types of certificates, and so do most other banks and credit unions.

After that, things get tricky. There are brokered CDs, where brokers pool investors’ money to get a better return; indexed CDs, that are coupled with “equity index such as the Standard & Poor’s 500 or the Dow Jones industrial average”; and many other types of CDs that offer a variety of returns and security options. Just know that not every certificate is as safe as the certificate of deposit.

Be sure to do plenty of research before you put your money in anything besides a plain certificate.


Tax rebate information available.

Looking forward to your tax rebate this summer, but unsure of the timing or amount?

Look for more information at the Internal Revenue Service’s “Economic Stimulus Payment Information Center” at irs.gov. They also provide a handy rebate calculator that helps you determine how much you’ll get back. About.com has put together a reference site with links to many informational articles and sites, so check that out, too.

We ran an article in our April quarterly newletter about useful things to do with your check, including:

  • Save for a rainy day
  • Pay down high-interest debt
  • Keep up with maintenance on your vehicle
  • Pay a little extra toward your retirement with an IRA
  • Make long-awaited home improvements

The best thing? Be smart about it. Don’t waste an opportunity to get some things done, financially, that you’ve been putting off.

Also, check out the tax rebate FAQ we posted.