Lake Michigan Credit Union

Overview / Commentary
5540 Glenwood Hills Pkwy Se
Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Lake Michigan Credit Union is a Michigan-based, member-owned credit union that consistently ranks well among credit unions for dividends paid back to members. It offers depository and lending products on both its personal and business banking sides.

On its personal depository banking side, LMCU offers checking, savings, money market, Certificate of Deposit (CD), and IRA accounts. It usually offers an attractive checking account with a high interest rate on balances up to a certain amount and non-LCMU ATM reimbursements. LCMU’s reward checking account has been recognized in the past on The credit union’s savings account options include a basic account, a health savings account that comes with unlimited check writing privileges, and a children’s education account designed to function as a college savings fund. Money market accounts are available and offer higher dividends for higher account balances. LCMU’s Certificates of Deposit (CDs) and IRA CDs range in term lengths from 3 to 60 months.

Lake Michigan Credit Union online banking features easy account access for tasks like online bill pay, applying for mortgages, transferring funds, and viewing account activity history. LMCU also released mobile banking apps that provide smartphone and tablet-based account management functionality. The credit union’s website also features a learning center where members can view articles and videos that explain various banking services and account calculations.

Lake Michigan Credit Union was founded in 1933 as the Grand Rapids Teachers Credit Union. The original purpose of the institution was to provide banking services to teachers in the community. Since then, the membership has expanded to include local residents and current LMCU members’ family members. The credit union is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and serves its members through multiple branches located throughout the state.

Field of Membership Restrictions

LMCU is open to anyone through contributing $5 to the ALS Foundation. Membership is also open to the following: (1) those who reside, worship, or work in the Lower Peninsula in Michigan, (2) residents or worshipers in Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Palm Beach, Polk, or Sarasota counties in Florida, or (4) family members of current credit union members (membership requirements are listed in the credit union's online application)
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Reward Checking

Posted by: bma737 | Aug 12, 2018

After reviewing other banks with reward checking, Like Michigan is hands down the best I've reviewed. I plan to max out the checking with the maximum $15K. Joining was pretty easy compared to other banks and credit union I've dealt with.

HSA Rate Switch

I too was frustrated by the HSA rate switch. I transferred in several thousand dollars, expecting to enjoy the 2% rate for a while, only to have it cut in half to 1%. Thinking of switching to a different bank that will pay better rates.

A Red Flag

I've been generally satisfied with LMCU. However, one recent negative experience I feel is worth highlighting.

In order to qualify for the "4% Max Checking" - 4% monthly interest return on checking accounts of >$15,000 - one must have at least 10 monthly debit card transactions. My debit card was stolen on the 21st of the month at which point I only had 6 transactions. One rep. told me LMCU's policy was to waive that requirement in the event of a lost/stolen card due to an inability to reach the threshold number (a new card takes 7-10 days to arrive). Then, I was told this is not the case and I must still meet the 10 transaction minimum because a lost/stolen card is "not their error". My noting that a stolen card is also not my error seemed to fall on deaf ears. 

Between the inconsistency in communication on LMCU policy and the apathetic tone of the bank manager, I was sufficiently irritated to post this experience. 

Lake Michigan Credit Union

For those that are wondering whether or not joining a credit union is a good idea, I can promise you that you will not regret it. Lake Michigan Credit Union is great toward its customers. They provide great customer service by being open on weekends and later into the night. In addition their max checking is the best interest rate that you will get anywhere. The banks that I was at previously only were giving me 15 cents a month as an interest payment. At LMCU I am earning more than 30 dollars a month in interest. This is because with banks, they are trying to make the most money they can. With Lake Michigan Credit Union, you are a member that is cared for. That's why I would highly recommend switching to Lake Michigan Credit Union. Because being a member in the institution helps with how you feel about the institution.



Health Grade Components

NCUA #62514
Year Chartered1933
Primary Regulator
Profit Margin
Return on Assets - YTD1.63%
Return on Equity - YTD13.41%
Annual Interest Income$208.7MM
Assets and Liabilities
AssetsQ4 2018vs Q4 2017$6.06B$5.22B
LoansQ4 2018vs Q4 2017$4.95B$3.97B
DepositsQ4 2018vs Q4 2017$4.85B$4.14B
Equity CapitalQ4 2018vs Q4 2017$731.0MM$634.3MM
Loan Loss AllowanceQ4 2018vs Q4 2017$5.0MM$3.5MM
Unbacked Noncurrent LoansQ4 2018vs Q4 2017$5.0MM$4.5MM
Real Estate OwnedQ4 2018vs Q4 2017$873.00K$288.00K

Rates for Lake Michigan Credit Union are currently being reviewed.



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