Australian Report: CUs Better Than Banks for Personal Loans
SYDNEY, Australia-Credit unions
dominate the annual list of five-star personal
loan products compiled by CANNEX, an Australian
financial services research group.
Thirty-eight of the 45 products awarded five
stars on the CANNEX list belonged to credit
unions. Five stars are
used to indicate products that deliver superior
value, based on interest rates, set-up fees,
continuing costs and features.
This is the first time that banks have been
excluded from the five-star section of the
annual review of personal loan products at
Australian financial institutions.
The remaining five-star products on the list
included five provided by building societies and
two from financial services companies.
Anthony Sexton, CANNEX senior research
noted that big is not always better when it
comes to financial services. While major banks
make most personal loans in Australia, he
said, "Credit unions offer better products."
Australia's 143 credit unions serve more than
3.5 million members.
World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.
World Council has implemented more than 290 technical assistance programs in 71 countries. Worldwide, 51,000 credit unions in 100 countries serve 196 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.
Organization: Abacus – Australian Mutuals