principle #5 (education)

Financial education should be free & available to all. Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union believes that education is important. SMCU provides free education to members, elected representatives, management and employees so that all can prosper and contribute to the growth and wellbeing of the cooperative. SMCU provides financial information via seminars, workshops, newsletters and our Web site. We support programs and organizations that promote financial literacy, such as Washington CASH, Washington Business Week, and Credit University, to name a few.

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July 24th, 2014

Teaching Kids to Budget

Most kids – 59% – feel they could be smarter about money, according to a 2014 survey from broker T. Rowe Price Group. Summertime offers the perfect opportunity to develop your little one’s knowledge about topics like budgeting, saving and spending. Here are some engaging and fun activities that help teach valuable financial lessons.

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July 11th, 2014

2014 A.G. “Tony” Marino Scholarship Winners

Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union is proud to announce the ten winners of the A.G. “Tony” Marino Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year. Each of these winners demonstrates a strong commitment to education, achievement, and community service. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

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July 9th, 2014

Why You Should Refinance Your Auto Loan at Your Credit Union

For many people, shopping for a new car is a pleasure until it’s time to get down to the business details, like negotiating the price and arranging the financing. By then you’ve smelled the new interior, gawked at all the new gadgets, taken a test drive, and just want to hit the road in your… (keep reading)

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June 19th, 2014

Security Series: Anti-Spyware and Antivirus Software

Your computer can be a window to your personal life for hackers. Without the right protection, your financial information, personal identifying information, and other sensitive data could be theirs. The good news is protecting your computer is as easy as installing quality anti-spyware and antivirus software and knowing the warning signs of attempts to steal… (keep reading)

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June 10th, 2014

How Can I Use a HELOC This Spring?

With low interest rates, flexible repayment terms, and potential tax benefits, a home equity line of credit (HELOC) could be a great way to pay for important expenses, like home improvements or college tuition, and could be a money-saving way to consolidate other debt. What is a HELOC? A HELOC is a revolving line of… (keep reading)

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May 5th, 2014

Security Series: Email Safety

In light of recent security vulnerabilities, such as Heartbleed and the Internet Explorer bug, and the scammers directly targeting credit union members, now is a great time to brush up on email dos and don’ts for maximum security and online safety. Don’t include sensitive information. Whether you’re emailing SMCU, your favorite online retailer, or a… (keep reading)

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April 29th, 2014

Seven Things You May Not Know About Seattle Metropolitan Auto Loans

You already know that Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union offers low rates on auto loans and that our loan experts work with every member to find the right loan for them. Those aren’t the only great things about our auto loan program. Here are seven awesome features of our auto loans you might not know about.… (keep reading)