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Lake Michigan Credit Union

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3.00%Reward CheckingMax Checking
1.00%Health SavingsHealth Savings Account (HSA)
1.80%5-year CD60 Month CD Special

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 DepositAccounts.com. 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

Membership is open to those who are donate a minimum of $5 to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association. Membership is also open to those who live, work, attend school, or worship in any county in the State of Michigan’s lower peninsula and in select counties in Florida.
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Reasons to bank local

Switching to a credit union has been the best financial decision of my life. Not only do they not charge a lot of fees, the interest they pay is much higher than you would be able to get at a bank. I personally make more than 200 dollars a year from interest on my checking account. furthermore, because you are a "member" of the credit union they work to help you make smart financial decisions when it comes to buying a house or finding the best financial decisions. They also offer scholarships to members for continued studies. In addition to this, they do not have inflated fees because it is not there to make millions of dollars like a national bank. I would highly recommend switching to a credit union in general. I will most likely never go back to keeping my money with a bank. I trust the people and the intentions of the people that work for LMCU.

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.

Loss Prevention

I always have great experiences when speaking with branch employees or even member services; however, don’t get behind on your payments. I’ve had an extremely rough year from my father being in life support to my fiancé losing his job and then to my car breaking down. With that being said, I became late on my payments to the point where my checking account was charged off from being overdrawn too long.
Every single time I speak with loss prevention, they are complete bullies and they are very rude and condescending. You explain your situation time and time again of how you got behind, and they make it seem like all of this stuff was intentional or like you are just blowing your money on stuff. They don’t care about your situation. They aren’t sympathetic, and they certainly aren’t pleasant. I understand that everyone has a job that they have to do, but you could at least have some compassion and understand that we are all doing the best that we can to get by. They have always made me seem like I’m lying about what happened or just making up excuses, when really I’m just struggling to stay afloat. They try to bully the money out of you even if you don’t have it, and they can be extremely rude when you explain to them that you aren’t able to pay right at this moment... It is possible to both do your job adequately, and be pleasant and professional. I’ve never experienced such disrespect and unpleasantness as I have when trying to work with LMCU loss prevention, and this should be addressed. Because it’s not right to treat people like that.

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. 



Health Grade Components

NCUA #62514
Year Chartered1933
Primary Regulator
Profit Margin
Return on Assets - YTD1.54%
Return on Equity - YTD12.88%
Annual Interest Income$118.4MM
Assets and Liabilities
AssetsQ3 2017vs Q3 2016$5.10B$4.66B
LoansQ3 2017vs Q3 2016$3.82B$3.33B
DepositsQ3 2017vs Q3 2016$4.03B$3.62B
Equity CapitalQ3 2017vs Q3 2016$616.2MM$540.7MM
Loan Loss AllowanceQ3 2017vs Q3 2016$3.3MM$4.1MM
Unbacked Noncurrent LoansQ3 2017vs Q3 2016$3.8MM$3.2MM
Real Estate OwnedQ3 2017vs Q3 2016$643.00K$1.0MM
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Lake Michigan Credit Union Savings Account Rates

1.00%*$5k*-Health Savings Account (HSA)
OTHER TIERS: 0.50% Up to $5k
1.00%*-$1kKids Club Savings
OTHER TIERS: 0.25% $1k+
1.00%*-$1kTeen Club Savings
OTHER TIERS: 0.25% $1k+
1.00%*$100k*-Max Savings
OTHER TIERS: 0.25% $100 - $100k
0.80%--Roth IRA Shares
0.80%--SEP IRA Shares
0.25%--Christmas Club Account
0.25%$100-Savings Account

Lake Michigan Credit Union Money Market Rates

0.80%--Coverdell ESA Money Market
0.80%--IRA Money Market Savings
0.50%*$100k*-Money Market
OTHER TIERS: 0.25% $2,500 - $10k | 0.30% $10k - $25k | 0.35% $25k - $50k | 0.40% $50k - $100k

Lake Michigan Credit Union Checking Account Rates

3.00%-$15kMax Checking - Qualifying
0.50%*$100k*-Business Plus Checking Account
OTHER TIERS: 0.25% $2,500 - $10k | 0.30% $10k - $25k | 0.35% $25k - $100k
0.35%*$25k*-Investors Checking Account
OTHER TIERS: 0.25% $2,500 - $25k
0.35%*$25k*-IOLTA Checking
OTHER TIERS: 0.25% $2,500 - $25k

Lake Michigan Credit Union CD Rates

2.05%$500-60 Month VIP CD Special
1.80%$500-60 Month CD Special
1.75%$500-17 Month VIP CD Special
1.55%$500-48 Month VIP CD
1.50%$500-17 Month CD Special
1.30%$500-48 Month CD
1.30%$500-36 Month VIP CD
1.15%$500-8 Month VIP CD Special
1.05%$500-36 Month CD
1.05%$500-25 Month VIP CD
1.05%$500-30 Month VIP CD
0.90%$500-8 Month CD Special
0.80%$500-25 Month CD
0.80%$500-30 Month CD
0.75%$500-24 Month VIP CD
0.50%$500-18 Month VIP CD
0.50%$500-24 Month CD
0.40%$500-14 Month VIP CD
0.40%$500-15 Month VIP CD
0.30%$500-3 Month VIP CD
0.30%$500-5 Month VIP CD
0.30%$500-6 Month VIP CD
0.30%$500-7 Month VIP CD
0.30%$500-9 Month VIP CD
0.30%$500-10 Month VIP CD
0.30%$500-11 Month VIP CD
0.30%$500-13 Month VIP CD
0.30%$500-12 Month VIP CD
0.25%$500-18 Month CD
0.15%$500-14 Month CD
0.15%$500-15 Month CD
0.05%$500-3 Month CD
0.05%$500-5 Month CD
0.05%$500-6 Month CD
0.05%$500-7 Month CD
0.05%$500-9 Month CD
0.05%$500-10 Month CD
0.05%$500-11 Month CD
0.05%$500-13 Month CD
0.05%$500-12 Month CD

Lake Michigan Credit Union IRA Rates

2.05%$500-60 Month VIP IRA CD Special
1.80%$500-60 Month IRA CD Special
1.75%$500-17 Month VIP IRA CD Special
1.55%$500-48 Month VIP IRA CD
1.50%$500-17 Month IRA CD Special
1.30%$500-36 Month VIP IRA CD
1.30%$500-48 Month IRA CD
1.15%$500-8 Month VIP IRA CD Special
1.05%$500-25 Month VIP IRA CD
1.05%$500-30 Month VIP IRA CD
1.05%$500-36 Month IRA CD
0.90%$500-8 Month IRA CD Special
0.80%$500-25 Month IRA CD
0.80%$500-30 Month IRA
0.75%$500-24 Month VIP IRA CD
0.50%$500-18 Month VIP IRA CD
0.50%$500-24 Month IRA CD
0.40%$500-14 Month VIP IRA CD
0.40%$500-15 Month VIP IRA CD
0.30%$500-10 Month VIP IRA CD
0.30%$500-11 Month VIP IRA CD
0.30%$500-13 Month VIP IRA CD
0.30%$500-3 Month VIP IRA CD
0.30%$500-5 Month VIP IRA CD
0.30%$500-7 Month VIP IRA CD
0.30%$500-9 Month VIP IRA CD
0.30%$500-6 Month VIP IRA CD
0.30%$500-12 Month VIP IRA CD
0.25%$500-18 Month IRA CD
0.15%$500-14 Month IRA CD
0.15%$500-15 Month IRA CD
0.05%$500-6 Month IRA CD
0.05%$500-3 Month IRA CD
0.05%$500-5 Month IRA CD
0.05%$500-7 Month IRA CD
0.05%$500-9 Month IRA CD
0.05%$500-10 Month IRA CD
0.05%$500-11 Month IRA CD
0.05%$500-13 Month IRA CD
0.05%$500-12 Month IRA CD