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September 20, 2010

The Credit Union has received reports of fraudulent activity in the form of ATM withdrawals originating from California.Due to these reports, members will not be able to use any ATM in California with their Financial Center card. Debit card transactions originating in California will still be allowe...

September 03, 2010

Thank you for your patience during our recent upgrades to our BillPayer service in online banking. Here are some quick tips for the new version of BillPayer.Payments Made ElectronicallyElectronic payments will post to your payee on the date you choose in BillPayer. The transaction will post to your ...

September 01, 2010

Our Credit Union's name has recently been utilized for fraudulent purposes. If you have received a letter recently from Infiniti Research Group or Lightspeed Research Inc. indicating that you've been selected as a Customer Service Evaluator in your area, along with an accompanying cashier's check (p...

August 31, 2010

The Credit Union's upgrade process to the online banking BillPayer system is complete and is now available to use.Recurring payments to payees will not be visible until Midnight on Tuesday. Do not add a new recurring payment to your payee if a payment was set up previously. Adding a new recurring pa...

August 30, 2010

Online banking and BillPayer will be unavailable on August 31st beginning at 9 am for significant upgrades and improvements to the BillPayer service. We apologize for this inconvenience. If you have questions or require assistance during this time period, please contact Member Services at 317.916.77...

August 30, 2010

On September 1st, Financial Center will be making significant upgrades and improvements to its BillPayer service in online banking. Members will find a new appearance and interface for BillPayer that will make paying your bills online easier than ever.One important change is how payments will be pro...

August 26, 2010

On September 1st, Financial Center will be making significant upgrades and improvements to its BillPayer service in online banking. Members will find a new appearance and interface for BillPayer that will make paying your bills online easier than ever.  Here are some of the improvements you&rsq...

July 29, 2010

Beware of a fraudulent email message being sent from support@fcfcu.com. The message states that we have temporarily prevented access to your account and asks that you run a file attached to the email. This is a fraudulent message and should be ignored. Financial Center will never contact you vi...

July 28, 2010

$7.5 billion in savings for credit union members.1.2 million new credit union members.$696 billion in business loans from credit unions.What's keeping you from joining an Indianapolis credit union? ...

July 28, 2010

It's a question that comes up often when I tell people that I work at (and do my banking) at a credit union. The Huffington Post offered a great description of what credit unions are in a recent article."A credit union is a friendly, 'not-for-profit,' financial institution that is comprised of ...

July 27, 2010

Consumers are receiving fraudulent text messages from notice@fcfcu.com. The message states that your card will be shut down without further action and you are directed to call to 508.409.6149. This is a fraudulent message and should be ignored. Financial Center will never contact you via email,...

July 22, 2010

The National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) named Susan Ward, Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of Financial Center the 2010 Professional of the Year recipient. NAFCU’s Annual Awards Competition honors and rewards the credit union community’s best performers. NA...

July 16, 2010

Members may experience intermittent ATM outages at Financial Center ATMs on Saturday, July 17th from 1 pm to 4 pm. We apologize for this inconvenience. A list of additional ATMs that Financial Center members may be able to use for free can be found at http://www.fcfcu.com/Pages/FindATM.aspx....

July 02, 2010

All Financial Center locations will be closed on Monday, July 5th to observe Independence Day. Members may access their accounts through online banking at www.fcfcu.com or through our bank by phone service by calling 317.916.7700 or 800.473.2328....

June 30, 2010

Effective July 1, 2010, for new accounts and prior to August 15, 2010, for existing accounts, federal regulations require members who are eligible for Overdraft Services to opt-in to the program in order to be covered even if they have been covered in the past.What does Overdraft Services cover?Over...

June 16, 2010

Indianapolis credit union Financial Center has partnered with Samaritan's Feet; an international humanitarian organization focused on providing new athletic shoes to children in need. All Center locations will be collecting new children's athletic shoes and donations through July 17th.Financial...

June 09, 2010

My son is 18 months old. One of our recent parenting challenges has been switching Landon from bottles to sippy cups. He was very attached to his bottle. We were worried that it wouldn't go well, and it was difficult to commit to making the switch.To our surprise, Landon has done well. After ex...

June 09, 2010

Our Credit Union friends The Disclosures had a few words to say about the pending changes to interchange. Please join your local credit union in voicing opposition to this legislation. ...

June 07, 2010

The Wall Street Journal recently touted the advantages of joining a local credit union. Favorable rates on auto loans, credit cards, and mortgages are some of the reasons why consumers are making the switch.An Indianapolis credit union such as Financial Center also offers better rates on deposits li...

June 07, 2010

Each time that you use your Financial Center debit or credit card, a merchant is paid immediately and your Indianapolis credit union receives interchange. Interchange helps pay the cost of many local credit union services such as reissuing cards compromised by a merchant data breach and supplyi...

June 03, 2010

Effective July 1, 2010, for new accounts and prior to August 15, 2010, for existing accounts, federal regulations require members who are eligible for Overdraft Services to opt-in to the program in order to be covered even if they have been covered in the past.What does Overdraft Services cover?Over...

June 01, 2010

Due to recent fraud activity, Financial Center is blocking debit card transactions where the card is swiped and processed as a credit in the following states:MinnesotaNorth CarolinaTexasMembers are advised to process their debit card transactions as a debit and use their PIN to successfully complete...

April 13, 2010

Financial Center, an Indianapolis Credit Union, presented a check this week to the American Red Cross for $26,267.93 for the Haitian earthquake relief. The American Red Cross Haiti Assistance Program will continue for the next three to five years providing shelter, improving the water supply and sew...

March 23, 2010

Keep your identity safe by safely destroying confidential documents that you no longer need. Financial Center, your Indianapolis Credit Union, can help with one of our free community shred days. Here is the schedule:Saturday, April 24th from 10 am to 1 pmMain CenterSaturday, May 1st from 10 am to 1 ...

February 25, 2010

David K. Randall of Forbes.com gave five reasons this week why consumers should consider switching their credit card to one from a local credit union. Here are his reasons:1. Interest rate caps.2. Lower interest rates.3. Lower fees.4. Credit unions are member-owned.5. Increased service.Financial Cen...

January 28, 2010

Finance professors from the University of Chicago and Northwestern University released their latest version of the Financial Trust Index this week. This report gauges Americans' trust and approval of our nation's financial system.Here's what the report found:Credit unions had a 58% ap...

January 27, 2010

With the rising costs of health insurance, many companies are encouraging employees to participate in a high deductible health plan and take advantage of a health savings account or HSA. An HSA is a different way to save for future health care expenses. HSAs enable you to pay for current health expe...

January 22, 2010

One of the most important services that our local credit union provides to our members is our free member education seminars. We have finalized our schedule for 2010 and there are some exciting opportunities for you to learn how to manage money better this year.Learn tips to help save mone...

January 20, 2010

Financial Center is joining in the efforts of people all around the world in helping to raise money for the earthquake victims in Haiti. Credit Union members are now able to make a donation directly from their accounts to the American Red Cross.Members may make donations by visiting any Financial Ce...

January 15, 2010

Your Indianapolis credit union will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 18th. We will resume business on Tuesday, January 19th.Members may still access their credit union accounts via online banking, our bank by phone system, mobile banking, and our ATMs....

January 11, 2010

Recently ABC News reported on consumers moving their banking accounts to smaller community banks and their local credit union.If your Indianapolis bank is raising its fees and treating you unfairly as a consumer, consider moving your accounts to an Indianapolis credit union. Financial Cent...

January 07, 2010

Suze Orman recently published her easy money to-do list for 2010. Orman has three steps for readers to get their "financial house in order."1. Get a grip.2. Find hidden savings.3. Build security.Under step 2 Orman suggests that readers check out a local credit union. She wrote, "Credi...

January 06, 2010

People across Indianapolis are anxiously awaiting the looming winter storm that is set to begin at some point later tonight and continue until Friday. This inevitably causes a rush at the local grocery store to buy milk, bread, and eggs (also known as "The French Toast Rush"). Salt trucks ...

January 04, 2010

Financial Center, an Indianapolis credit union, welcomes J. Kevin Ryan as its new CEO. With over 28 years experience in the financial services industry, Mr. Ryan brings an abundance of knowledge to the local Credit Union. He has been involved in the credit union movement for the past 23 ye...

December 29, 2009

Here is a breakdown of the hours of operation this week for your Indianapolis credit union.On New Year's Eve (Thursday, December 31st), we will be operating under our normal business hours at each of our locations. We will be closed on New Year's Day (Friday, January 1st). ATMs, online banking,...

December 22, 2009

Your Indianapolis credit union is celebrating the Christmas holiday this week. Our offices will be closed at 2 PM on Christmas Eve and will be closed on Christmas Day. We will resume business on Saturday, December 26th. Members may still access their credit union accounts via online banking, our ban...

December 08, 2009

Receive a free picture with Santa this holiday season. Members of all ages are invited to visit Santa at Financial Center this month. Santa will be parking his sleigh at the Castleton Center, Emerson Center, Fox Road Center, Main Center, Park 100 Center and Southside Center on Saturday, December 12 ...

December 01, 2009

Financial Center, your Indianapolis Credit Union, has launched mobile banking for its 41,000 Credit Union members at https://mobile.fcfcu.com.Members may perform the following functions with their mobile credit union banking:- Check account balances.- Perform account to account transfers.- Change yo...

November 24, 2009

It's almost time for Thanksgiving. This holiday brings about two events - mashed potato and gravy induced napping and great shopping deals.Has the economic turmoil and all its related events affected how much you plan to spend on Christmas gifts this year? Answer the poll below and let our Indianapo...

November 23, 2009

I recently read a great article on green.indy.com about people who are locavores in the Indianapolis area. A locavore is someone who eats locally produced food as much as possible. According to the article, foods that are grown locally and travel fewer miles can be safer, fresher, and healthier for ...

November 17, 2009

An article in  today's USA Today noted that customers may be using more cash and debit cards for their Holiday shopping this season instead of using credit cards. With the current economic turmoil, consumers are more conscious of the money they are able to spend and this is ...

November 16, 2009

I've decided to start on my New Year's resolution early this year. One of the goals I've set is to eat a more healthy diet. One of the ways that I've been keeping track of what I'm eating is by writing it in a journal. This is helping me stay on track and avoid junk food and other unhealthy ite...

November 12, 2009

The pending FAIR Overdraft Coverage Act of 2009 legislation in Congress has the potential to dramatically restrict the current overdraft protection on your account. Changes include allowing you to only overdraft your account once per month and no more than six times per year.When you have used the o...

November 10, 2009

Financial Center will be closed tomorrow, November 11th, to observe Veterans' Day. Online banking, MoneyLine (bank by phone), and our ATMs will still be accessible....

November 06, 2009

A recent article on ConsumerLoanWire.com referenced a new study by the Pew Charitable Trust which found that credit unions offer consumers the best credit cards in the market, and that bank offers were less attractive.Here's what ConsumerLoanWire.com had to say:"In comparing offers between...

November 06, 2009

Each time you use your debit or credit card, a merchant is paid immediately and the Credit Union that issues your card receives an interchange payment. This interchange reflects a merchant's fair share of the costs of this convenient system. The current interchange arrangement helps keep the rates a...

November 04, 2009

The Indianapolis credit union team at Financial Center recently raised money for breast cancer research in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Several employees participated in the event. In addition, the credit union had an auction among its employees where gift cards and baked goods wer...

November 03, 2009

The next member education seminar at our Indianapolis credit union focuses on online services. Learn how to maximize your time and reduce your costs through the use of Financial Center's online services. Using both a classroom environment and hands on training, members will learn how to safely acces...

November 02, 2009

Everyone is searching for ways to stretch their budgets further and find more effective ways on how to manage money. One way to save money is to evaluate your debt and find areas where you can save money.At our Indianapolis credit union, we're offering members the chance to bring their out...

October 29, 2009

Our Indianapolis Credit Union is proud to be part of the Bank on Indy. This partnership between Indianapolis banks and credit unions aims to bring financial services to the 79,800 unbanked citizens in Marion County.If you need tips on how to manage money better or if you need help learning about mon...

October 26, 2009

It's a good thing that your local credit union is keeping things the same. At our Indianapolis Credit Union, we pride ourselves on taking care of our members and creating financial solutions that are in their best interest. This does not mean instituting new fees when accountholders are being respon...

October 23, 2009

It's the time of year when new insurance plans for 2010 are up for discussion and presented for consideration by employees in Indianapolis. If your new insurance plan is a High Deductible Health Plan, a Health Savings Account may be a good option for you to save money towards medical expenses.Financ...

October 21, 2009

The Visiting Nurse Service, as part of their Flu and Pneumonia Bugbuster Program, will be administering vaccinations at three Financial Center locations next week. The services will be available at our Main, Castleton, and Southside Centers on Friday, October 30th and Saturday, October 31st. Friday'...

October 14, 2009

Financial advisor, author, motivational speaker, and television host Suze Orman recently appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe". Among other topics revolving personal finance, Orman discussed how consumers should consider transferring balances from their credit cards to credit unions.Orman note...

October 09, 2009

While Financial Center will be celebrating with all of our Indianapolis credit union members, thousands of other credit unions across the world will also be celebrating International Credit Union Day next week. This day celebrates the origin of credit unions and our purpose to provide a safe, conven...

October 09, 2009

Credit unions in Indiana offer the largest branch network in the state for all financial institutions. According to a Credit Union National Association report issued today, credit union members in Indiana have access to 201 shared branching locations across the state. These shared branching location...

October 07, 2009

Wednesday evening from 8:00 pm until Midnight, Financial Center members will experience a brief period with lack of access to several credit union systems. During this time, members may not be able to access our website, online banking, or MoneyLine. Members may also experience trouble utilizing the...

October 06, 2009

We are experiencing system outages this afternoon that have affected online services as well as member service in each of our Center locations. We apologize for this inconvenience.Update: Our website is back up and access to online banking has been restored....

October 06, 2009

As fall arrives in the Indianapolis area and temperatures begin to cool, it's a reminder that winter is just around the corner. If you're planning a vacation to a sunny locale to escape the frigid conditions, it's important to make the most of your time off.Tyler Cowen, a professor of econ...

September 30, 2009

On Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th, Financial Center members will experience a brief period with lack of access to the credit union's website, online banking, phone system, MoneyLine, and our ATMs. These systems will be unavailable between approximately 4 pm and 5 pm each day. These ou...

September 23, 2009

At a recent luncheon that I attended, Senator Evan Bayh was named the Indiana Credit Union League's Outstanding Hoosier Legislator for 2009. Indiana has approximately 2.2 million credit union members, and this award is given to a legislator who supports the credit union movement in the Hoosier state...

September 18, 2009

The Indiana Credit Union League recently announced that Financial Center is the recipient of two awards given annually to select Indiana credit unions.The first award that Financial Center won is the Dora Maxwell Award. The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Recognition Award recognizes a credit uni...

September 14, 2009

This past week I had the opportunity to attend and speak at the 75th Indiana Credit Union League convention in downtown Indianapolis. I enjoy meeting colleagues from around the state and discussing what they are doing to promote their credit unions.Credit union employees are different from those in ...

September 08, 2009

One part of our Indianapolis credit union that often goes unnoticed is our Investments and Insurance area. Financial Center Services, LLC is a Credit Union Service Organization for our local credit union.Mike Marangelli just started with Financial Center Services, LLC and he's headed to our Center l...

September 08, 2009

E-Statements are now available to view through online banking at www.fcfcu.com. Members may have had trouble accessing e-statements over this past weekend. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. If you experience further problems, please contact Member Services at 317.916.7700 or 8...

September 04, 2009

Financial Center, your Indianapolis credit union, will be hosting a free community shred day this Saturday (9/5) at our Main Center location in Indianapolis. The Main Center is located at 7101 East 56th Street in Indianapolis. The event takes place from 10 am to Noon. Bring in any confidential or pe...

August 26, 2009

A report from CNNMoney.com writer Les Christie yesterday stated that home prices nationwide may be starting to increase. The article also says that housing prices have reached affordability levels "not seen in a generation" and that the $8,000 first-time homebuyers tax credit are drawing n...

August 25, 2009

One of my favorite parts of working as part of the credit union banking industry, is the opportunity to see how credit unions across the country are reaching out to help their members and show them how to manage money.One new website that I heard about from some fellow staff members here at Financia...

August 24, 2009

Each year, Financial Center sponsors community shred days at several our Indianapolis credit union locations. We invite members and anyone else in the community to visit our Centers on these days to get rid of any personal documents that they no longer need. Shredding these documents, as opposed to ...

August 19, 2009

If you're searching for an HSA Indianapolis residents, Financial Center can help. I've been working with our Business Development team on collateral pieces to use when talking about our Health Savings Account in Indianapolis. I found that one of the great features is the low ...

August 18, 2009

If you're searching for an Indianapolis bank, consider a Indianapolis credit union as an alternative choice for your banking needs. Mark Huffman of ConsumerAffairs.com thinks that a local credit union is a practical alternative to major banks. He writes, "They tend to charge members lower rates...

August 17, 2009

The Indiana State Fair is winding down this week. Attendance has been strong at this year's fair. Our Indianapolis credit union was even lucky enough to be a part of the Hispanic celebration at the fair last week. One of the big lures of the fair each year is the food...more specifically, the deep f...

August 11, 2009

As part of your local credit union's objective to help our members Go Green this summer, we're offering the opportunity to win up to $500 for making an energy-saving renovation to your home. First, apply for a home equity line of credit online, at a Center, or over the phone. The primary account hol...

August 10, 2009

Our Indianapolis credit union prides itself on living the credit union philosophy of "people helping people". One way that we do this is in providing financial literacy to youth in the Indianapolis community.Financial Center currently operates three student-run Centers in the Indianapolis ...

August 04, 2009

FCFCU staff member Will Baer deals with a minor leak in his office while still working hard to provide great service to fellow staff and our 40,000 members....

July 29, 2009

Financial Center is hosting a free home buyers seminar on August 15th from 10 am to Noon at its Main Center location.Making smart financial decisions regarding your home requires research and planning. Insightful information will be provided on topics such as choosing the best realtor, the complete ...

July 28, 2009

This was the question posed by Nancy Folbre, an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, on a blog on The New York Times website.She writes, "In the wake of the financial crisis, (credit unions) began to look more like Clark Kent, who turned out to be Superman. When the b...

July 21, 2009

My wife and I took our son to the Indianapolis Zoo this weekend. We were both low on cash and needed to stop by an ATM before heading downtown. For some, this can cause a predicament about finding an ATM if you are not near your favorite Indianapolis bank location. If t...

July 21, 2009

In our efforts to teach local credit union members how to manage money, we're offering a free seminar on QuickBooks on August 22nd. This seminar will give attendees a basic introduction to QuickBooks with a question and answer session to follow.The seminar will be on Saturday, August 22nd ...

July 15, 2009

Earlier this week I told you that I would write about finding ways to save time with your banking. Our Indianapolis credit union offers free onilne BillPayer within our online banking system to help you save time in paying your bills.How much time do you waste each month sorting through bills, ...

July 14, 2009

As part of our Going GREEN promotion this summer at your local credit union, we're encouraging all members to switch from paper statements to e-statements. This helps cut down on waste. You also receive your statement quicker than if you rely on a paper statement. The credit union also saves mo...

July 13, 2009

Every Monday I wonder what happened to my weekend. It seems as if those two and half days from Friday at 5 pm until Sunday night go by very quickly. Between taking care of tasks around the house, running errands, and spending much needed quality time with my wife and son - there is not much time lef...

June 29, 2009

One of my favorite products at our Indianapolis credit union is our home equity line of credit. We lend up to 80% of your home's value, and we have no closing costs or annual fees. Home Equity loans can help you take a much needed vacation, renovate your home, or help pay for your child's tuition. Y...

June 25, 2009

One of the objections I often see of why people think that they cannot join a credit union is because they think they are not eligible to join. Here are the criteria for joining our local Indianapolis credit union.Members of Financial Center or their family members must  live, work, w...

June 24, 2009

One of my favorite features of our online banking system at the credit union is BillPayer. Each month, I can go and pay all my bills within a matter of minutes. I don't have to write checks, find a stamp, or worry that my payment won't be received. It's easy to use, convenient, and a great...

June 23, 2009

According to an article in the Indianapolis Star today, home sales dipped nearly 20% in May for Indiana. This has caused a fall in the median price of homes of 4.3% to a price of $110,000. If you're in the market for your first home, there are great opportunities available.If you're researching...

June 23, 2009

There are lots of Indianapolis bank locations. On my way home from the credit union each day, I go past at least five or six branches of our local Indianapolis bank competitors. From the outside, each of these banks looks different with altering signage and architectural designs, but what is the tru...

June 22, 2009

Applying for a loan with Financial Center is easy and we offer three options for you to apply. 1. Apply OnlineUse our online loan application 24 hours a day on our website at www.fcfcu.com. 2. Give Us a CallOur Lending Center is open during our normal operating hours Monday through Saturday. Gi...

June 22, 2009

Financial Center will host a Shred Day this Saturday, June 26th, at our Fox Road Center located at 11715 Fox Road in Indianapolis from 10 am to Noon.Whether it's small business documents you no longer need or personal papers you want demolished in a safe and secure manner, this local credit union is...

June 22, 2009

Financial Center will change hours at several of our Center locations beginning July 6th. For more information or questions, please contact Member Services at 317.916.7700 or 800.473.2328....

June 16, 2009

Visitors to our Main Center location on the eastside of Indianapolis this morning noticed a different kind of vehicle in our parking lot. 15 credit union employees took advantage of the opportunity to donate blood for the Indiana Blood Center.The Indiana Blood Center supplies more than 550 units of ...

June 15, 2009

This Saturday (June 20th), Financial Center will be hosting another Shred Day in the Castleton area. The event will take place at our Center located at 8245 Allisonville Road in Indianapolis.Bring in any confidential or personal documents that you need shredded. This service is completely free. Help...

June 12, 2009

This week has been a busy one in our marketing department as we've been fielding plenty of phone calls and emails in response to our scheduled Member Appreciation Night at Victory Field on July 20th. To thank our members for their business, we're offering an opportunity for all Financial Center memb...

June 09, 2009

Financial Center offers you numerous ways to help you learn more about money and help you maximize your credit union banking experience. Here's what's coming up at your Indianapolis credit union:Investment Options - Saturday, June 20thGain an overview of what types of investment products we offer in...

June 04, 2009

We've been working on a lot of interesting projects in the past few weeks in the marketing department at the credit union. One of our projects is to encourage our members to make their banking more green at their local credit union. Our goal is to show members how to manage their money and their ban...

June 01, 2009

This Saturday (June 1st), the credit union will be hosting a Shred Day at our Southside Center located at 1301 East Stop 11 Road in Indianapolis. The event will take place from 10 am to Noon. Bring in any confidential or personal documents that you need shredded. This service is completely free. Hel...

May 26, 2009

An automated recording is being circulated claiming to be from Finance Center Federal Credit Union. The recorded message states that your card has been temporarily suspended. This is a scam.Financial Center will never contact you via email, phone, or text message for any confidential information. If...

May 26, 2009

Gas prices jumped today in Indianapolis according to an article on IndyStar.com. A common price around the Indianapolis area today is around $2.65 a gallon.If you're looking for auto loans in Indianapolis, it's important to consider gas mileage when selecting your next vehicle. A great resource to f...

May 26, 2009

Financial Center has been named the 2009 Federal Credit Union of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Financial Center won in the $150 million or more asset category. The credit union will be honored by NAFCU at its annual conference and exhibition in July. If you'r...

May 18, 2009

I've been to every Indianapolis 500 since 1990. When I travel outside Indianapolis and tell people where I'm from, they nearly always associate the city with the racetrack. When asked to describe what the track is like and the experience of attending a race there, it's difficult because the onl...

May 18, 2009

Financial Center is currently selling a 2007 Honda CR-V as part of our pre-owned vehicle program. We also offer a great loan rate on these vehicles. Give us a call today and make an appointment to see the vehicle in person.If you're searching for an auto loan in Indiana...

May 14, 2009

I was meeting with another Indianapolis credit union colleague yesterday and we talked about the usage of checks. He asked when was the last time I wrote a check. I couldn't come up with an answer. Needless to say, it's been awhile.When I was feeding my five month old son Landon last night - I ...

May 14, 2009

Financial Center will be hosting an Online Services member education seminar this Saturday at our Main Center credit union location in Indianapolis. Learn how to maximize your time and reduce your costs through the use of our online banking services. We use both a classroom environment and hands on ...

May 11, 2009

What are the factors you considered when choosing your current financial institution?Is it the financial institution because it's the closest one to your home or office?...

May 11, 2009

I had the pleasure of attending my younger sister's graduation this weekend at Indiana University in Bloomington.  We had great weather, and it was fun to visit the campus again.After the commencement ceremony, we had lunch at a restaurant in the student union located in the heart of campus. We...

May 11, 2009

My sister Alyson graduated from Indiana University on Saturday. The weather was perfect. I heard the actual commencement ceremony was good (I was in the hallway with my infant son - who felt otherwise). After the ceremony we had lunch on campus and took a little walk around to see the notable c...

May 08, 2009

Financial Center will be hosting a Shred Day at our Main Center starting at 10 am Saturday morning. Have business documents or personal papers you no longer need destroyed in a safe and secure manner at one of our sponsored Shred Days. Here are some dates for future Shred Days at your local Indianap...

May 07, 2009

"Fed up with high fees, low returns and poor service at your bank? It may be time to shop for a credit union," says Kathy Fristof of the Los Angeles Times.There is one line that stands out in this article for me.  Ms. Kristof writes, "These nonprofit cooperatives could be the mos...

May 01, 2009

Tomorrow is the 33rd running of the 500 Festivial Mini Marathon in Indianapolis. There are nearly 40,000 total participants in the event. Two of those running tomorrow will be credit union employees Dewey Williams and Jennifer Rue. Dewey is the District Retail Sales Manager at our Main Center locati...

April 27, 2009

Gerri Willis of CNNMoney.com recently told readers how best to avoid fees charged by banks. On her list of remedies for combatting these fees...join a credit union. Here's what she said:"Stop going to banks. Join a credit union instead. Credit unions generally have lower fees and higher saving ...

April 24, 2009

One of the things that I enjoy about working in the credit union industry is its cooperative culture. I have been able to go to numerous meetings around the country where I exchange stories and advice with other marketing professionals who work for credit unions. Everyone is always wi...

April 22, 2009

Tourism officials in Indianapolis today announced the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association's new tourism slogan: Raising the game.I like the new slogan. It incorporates the city's love for sports and eagerness to host new events. It also shows that the city is trying to gain status as an...

April 22, 2009

Today is Earth Day and that has generated a lot of conversation in the media about the best ways to "go green" and lead a more eco-friendly life. There are numerous tips on how to accomplish this. Here are a few ways to make your banking with Financial Center more "gree...

April 20, 2009

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April 20, 2009

One of the services that we offer our members here at the credit union is the ability to purchase VISA gift cards at each of our Centers. A gift card can be a great gift for the graduate in your family. We offer these cards in any amount up to $750. The minimum gift card amount is $25 and each gift ...

April 15, 2009

Member Services recently learned of several phishing attempts via text messages. The texts are claiming to be from Financial Center and are falsely alerting members to a security breach involving their debit cards. These text messages direct members to call 1.877.220.4196. This is an attempt to soli...

April 15, 2009

One of our most successful products at the credit union is our health savings account. Since today is Tax Day, I wanted to point out how an HSA can contribute to your tax savings. HSAs provide tax deductions when you contribute to your account, tax-free earnings through investment and tax-free withd...

April 13, 2009

We're celebrating National Credit Union Youth Week all month long at each of our Centers in Indianapolis. One of the promotions we're running is a coloring contest. Youth 10 and under can enter the coloring drawing to win a Money Savvy Piggy Bank. All entrants will have the picture that they co...

April 10, 2009

If you're searching for a financial institution in Indianapolis where you're more than just an account number, visit Financial Center. Learn more on our website at www.fcfcu.com or give us a call at 317.916.7700....

April 10, 2009

Students ages 11 to 14 should take advantage of a free seminar on Saturday, April 18th at our Main Center location. The seminar is titled Youth Financial Management. Students, and their parents, will learn about personal budgets, savings and checking accounts, keeping a balanced checkbook, and plann...

April 09, 2009

One of the requirements for our Reward Checking and REALTunes Checking accounts is that members receive e-statements. Here's how to do it.Log in to online banking at www.fcfcu.com.On the left hand side of the screen, select Preferences.Select e-Statement Selection.Choose the appropriate option.Once ...

April 09, 2009

Each one of our 39,000 credit union members is different. Each has unique financial needs and a different set of products that they utilize. We recognize this at Financial Center and create products with those varying needs in mind.We currently offer four retail checking accounts.Rewa...

April 09, 2009

I was excited to hear this morning that the United States Postal Service is introducing a set of stamps honoring America's most beloved cartoon family, The Simpsons. USPS is giving everyone the chance to vote for their favorite stamp until May 14th.I like the designs. They are colorful, bright, and ...

April 09, 2009

I see Twitter being used in more and more places as it starts to catch on with more people. Did you know that Financial Center is partaking in the latest social media phenomenon? You can follow us on Twitter here.Don't know what Twitter is? Here's a good explanation from Wikipedia....

April 09, 2009

One of the best features of our online banking system at www.fcfcu.com is the ability to open new deposit accounts. Here's how to do it.Log in to our online banking system at www.fcfcu.com.Select Account Services on the left hand side.Select Open Account.This will allow you to open share certificate...

April 07, 2009

There is still time to reserve your seat for this year's Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held on April 14th in Indianapolis. It will be at the Hilton Indianapolis North located at 8181 North Shadeland Avenue in front of Community North Hospital. Light refreshments will be served beginning at 5:3...

April 07, 2009

Warmer temperatures are hopefully ahead for the Indianapolis area. With the spring and summer seasons approaching, your air conditioning will be pivotal to keeping your home cool. However, the additional use of your AC can lead to higher energy bills and a possible strain on your family's budget. He...

April 06, 2009

One easy way to save money is to be proactive in finding the best possible gas prices. By observing the gas stations you pass to and from work each day, you can notice trends and evaluate where the best place is for you to fill up. One great website that I found to help you find the best gas prices ...

April 03, 2009

There is no shortage of advice out there on how to handle your personal finances and the best ways to get rich quick. A search on Amazon reveals 4,670 books on the topic. The truth is that there is no legitimate get rich quick scheme that actually will make you more wealthy. The only way t...

April 02, 2009

A little humor never hurt during these rough economic times. If you need help fixing your own financial situation, let Financial Center get you back on track. Visit our website at www.fcfcu.com or give us a call at 317.916.7700. We're here to help Indianapolis! ...

April 02, 2009

Our credit union has been doing business in Indianapolis since 1953. Over the last 56 years, we've had the pleasure of serving many Indianapolis residents and others in Marion County. As of the end of March, we had 39,446 members at the credit union. Our membership is growing each day with individua...

March 31, 2009

If the loss of a job has kept you from receiving necessary medical care due to a lack of health insurance, Walgreens may be able to help. The company has announced that it will offer free treatment for respiratory problems, allergies, infections, skin conditions, and other ailments at its Take Care ...

March 31, 2009

Indiana is planning to use stimulus funds to hire up to 2,000 young adults to help improve the state's parks, trails, and natural habitats according to the Indianapolis Star.The program is titled Young Hoosiers Conservation Corps and opportunities exist for people ages 16 to 24. The jobs will pay $8...

March 26, 2009

Jonnelle Marte of The Wall Street Journal wrote an article last week dubbing credit unions as a safe harbor amidst the current economic turmoil. She notes that credit unions generally offer higher interest rates for savings accounts and lower rates for loans when compared to most banks....

March 26, 2009

These two videos were produced by students at Walker Career Center, located next to Warren Central High School, in Indianapolis as part of a class project.http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/video/video.php?v=51080481946http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=51085351946To learn more about REALTune...

March 26, 2009

Jane Bryant Quinn, contributing editor to Newsweek, discusses how the NCUA and Financial Center insures your funds.http://www.ncua.gov/ShareInsurance/NCUA30.wmv...

March 25, 2009

Scott Thien of indystar.com posted a story today advising Indianapolis residents to keep their snow shovels close at hand. Snow? In March? Shovels?It's happened before. The National Weather Service, which has records back to 1884, says that the latest average date for measurable snowfall in Central ...

March 25, 2009

Recent media and government reports point to an identity theft threat for the nation's millions of cell phone users. The scam has been dubbed "smishing", a term derived from the SMS technology that's used for cell phone text messages.Although wireless telephone companies are working to blo...

March 25, 2009

Financial Center is sponsoring its 11th annual charity golf outing. This year's charity outing proceeds will support St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. In today's declining economy, societal needs are expanding rapidly straining the resources available at food pantries and soup kitchens in the Indiana...

March 24, 2009

Do you have an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) with another lender?Do you know when your first payment adjustment will be?Do you know what your new payment will be? Can you afford it?Many consumers opened an Adjustable Rate Mortgage and now it is time for those rates to adjust. Are you ready? Don't w...

March 24, 2009

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March 23, 2009

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March 23, 2009

Today's News Now report from the Credit Union National Association had a report regarding how credit union membership has increased greatly in Scotland. Glasgow, Scotland's City Council reported that applications to join some credit unions in western Scotland has increased by 38% in the past six mon...

March 20, 2009

One of the suggestions we received from a member this week is that the credit union should work on teaching people different ways that they can economize in order to save money. This is exactly the type of feedback we're seeking from our members. Keep the good ideas coming!I did a qui...

March 20, 2009

It's not too late to sign up for tomorrow's Financial Fitness seminar at our Main Center location. The seminar will take place from 9:00 am to Noon. Learn the basics of establishing a budget, expense control, and the wise use of credit. Give us a call today at 317.916.6250 or send an email to mhoste...

March 18, 2009

March Madness is here finally. One of my favorite parts of this time of year is filling out my tournament bracket. Even President Obama got in on the act this year. I enjoy rooting for the underdog teams and usually have a couple of upsets in my bracket. When an underdog beats a large school,&n...

March 18, 2009

One of the misconceptions I hear most often from people that are unfamiliar with credit unions is that they don't think they are eligible to join a credit union. Some credit unions are solely associated with certain companies or employer groups, but a large number of credit unions are available...

March 17, 2009

Each year, Financial Center sponsors community shred days at several of our locations. We invite members and anyone else in the community to visit our Centers on these days to get rid of any personal documents that they no longer need. Shredding these documents, as opposed to throwing them...

March 16, 2009

The Indianapolis Star reported this morning that ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will soon be building a new home for a needy family in Indianapolis. Construction will take place from March 29th to April 2nd somewhere in the Indianapolis area.I think it would be great if they had a similar show...

March 16, 2009

Financial Center will be hosting an educational seminar this weekend titled Financial Fitness.Understanding where your money goes is the first step in establishing a successful money management routine. Focusing on the establishment of a budget, expense control, and the wise use of credit will provi...

March 13, 2009

This week's question is one that I'm often asked by friends and family when I tell them that I work for a credit union.What's the difference between a bank and a credit union?There are many differences between these two types of financial institutions. One of the biggest differences is that cre...

March 12, 2009

The Big Ten Mens' Basketball Tournament tips off today in Indianapolis. Being an avid sports fan, I'm always excited when these great events come to our city. With the tournament this week, I'm rooting for my Indiana Hoosiers. For IU nation, it has been a rough season. I try and watch every game and...

March 09, 2009

We have become aware of several phishing attempts targeting members of the credit union and consumers in the Indianapolis area. These phishing attacks have been taking place over the past weekend.One of these attacks is being conducted via an automated voice message. The other attack is through a te...

March 06, 2009

Donna Rosato had an interesting article this week on CNNMoney.com. Here is what she said:"Some of the best deals today are in so-called reward checking accounts, which are offering annual percentage yields (APYs) of 4% to 6%. The highest yields are at small community banks and credit unions and...

March 06, 2009

Here is this week's question:What type of documentation is required to verify an address change to an account? Is it required to make an address change in person? Can it be requested that an address change must be done in person?I checked with Melody Stewart this morning about address chan...

March 05, 2009

Tomorrow I will be writing the second installment of Friday Feedback. I am still seeking out questions from our members and all our interested blog readers. Send in your questions to mhostetler@fcfcu.com and I'll answer them on the blog tomorrow.Thanks for reading!...

March 05, 2009

We still have seats available for Saturday's seminar titled Avoiding Fraud and ID Theft. Attend and learn information on a variety of methods you can use to avoid becoming a victim.The seminar will take place at our Main Center from 9:00 am to 10:30 am this Saturday (March 7th). To sign up, call our...

March 02, 2009

I look forward to the first business day of each month. It's always a busy time around the credit union. Reports from the previous month are tabulated, production figures are finalized, and we evaluate how well we performed for our members over the last month. However, the best part of the first bus...

February 27, 2009

Last week, I invited everyone to send in their questions for our new Friday Feedback feature. This week's question is...Can members download their info to Quicken? Absolutely. This can be accomplished through our online banking platform at www.fcfcu.com. Log in and select the particul...

February 23, 2009

Ben Steverman of Business Week wrote a great article back in August showing some of the best ways to save money in tough times. Here are some of his suggestions: Track every expense.Vacation in the off-season.Cut out investment charges and fees.Cut back on eating out.Downsize your car.Cut utility bi...

February 23, 2009

Another victim of the economic downturn may be the family vacation. In an article in USA Today this morning, a poll suggests that 58% of people who normally take an annual vacation will choose to spend less money this year or simply forego their trip all together. It's predicted that Americans could...

February 20, 2009

I'm adding a new feature to the blog which is called Friday Feedback. Each week, I will answer questions from our members and anyone else who reads this blog in regard to what's going on with our credit union, how we are helping the Indianapolis community, or anything else you have a question about ...

February 17, 2009

One of my son's favorite toys is a stuffed Cookie Monster doll. Being just shy of three months old and being entertained very easily, Landon will lie in his playpen and laugh and smile at the blue googly eyed creature until he eventually falls asleep. Cookie Monster is ...

February 13, 2009

Financial Center will be closed on Monday in observance of Presidents' Day. Our Centers will resume business on Tuesday with each Center opening at 10 am.Online banking, MoneyLine, and our ATMs will still be available for your convenience....

February 10, 2009

I was watching President Obama's first press conference last night and I was intrigued by much of what he had to say. Being part of the financial services industry, one particular exchange caught my attention. Here was the question:"In your opening remarks, you talked about that, if y...

February 05, 2009

If you receive an email, text message or phone contact requesting account information, consider it fraudulent.  DO NOT respond.In an effort to shut down the sources of these fraud attacks, please forward any emails, text or phone messages to fraud@fcfcu.comRecently, many Financial Center member...

February 03, 2009

Several of our Centers have not opened on time this morning due to the weather conditions. Here is a list of Centers that are not currently open:Downtown - NOW OPENEmerson - NOW OPENPark 100 - NOW OPENSouthside - NOW OPENI will update this list as the Centers open.Financial Center apologizes for thi...

February 02, 2009

We have finalized our list for member education seminars for 2009. All seminars will take place at our Main Center location.March 7th - Avoiding FraudMarch 21st - Financial FitnessApril 18th - Youth Financial SeminarMay 16th - Financial Center Online & BillPayerJune 20th - Investment OptionsJuly...

February 02, 2009

One of our service promises at the credit union is to maintain the privacy of your account information. Part of that promise is educating on how you can protect yourself from scams that try and get you to disclose confidential information.A great resource you can use is this Identity Theft Coach fro...

January 27, 2009

The drive thrus at all of our Centers will be closing this evening at 5 PM due to the inclement weather in the Indianapolis area. We apologize for the inconvenience. Drive safely....

January 26, 2009

My parents came to our house on Saturday to see my wife and I and our seven-week old son. I got up early that morning and made chili for everyone and we were enjoying a candid conversation over lunch. My wife's phone was in the other room and she heard it notify her that she had a text message....

January 22, 2009

On Saturday, January 24th from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm, our phone system will be unavailable due to a service upgrade. MoneyLine will be unavailable during this time. Our website, online banking, and ATMs will still be functional during this period. If you have any questions, please contact Member Se...

January 22, 2009

We're still gathering ideas for our 2009 member education seminar series. If you have a suggestion for a seminar or something you'd like to learn about in the coming year, send me an e-mail at mhostetler@fcfcu.com or leave a comment below....

January 21, 2009

Continuing with our series on how you can best avoid identity theft, here are some common ways that ID theft can occur.Dumpster DivingSkilled identity thieves may rummage through trash looking for bills or other paper with your personal information on it.SkimmingIdentity thieves may steal your ...

January 15, 2009

The credit union has become aware of yet another illegitimate fraud attempt targeting our members. The method this time is through text messaging. Financial Center does not send out any text alerts or text messages to members. Please be advised that if you receive a message from someone posing as F...

January 14, 2009

One of our service promises at the credit union is to make it easy to do business with us. Keeping that in mind, here are some useful tips on how to drive in snow and ice to ensure that you get to our Centers safely this Winter. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. Yo...

January 13, 2009

In the midst of the latest phishing and vishing scams targeting our credit union, here are some tips on how you can best avoid identity thieves. The best way to deter identity thieves is by safeguarding your information.Shred financial documents and paperwork with personal information before you dis...

January 12, 2009

This morning we have become aware of a vishing scam targeting our credit union. Members and nonmembers are being called and alerted that their debit card has been compromised. This is illegitimate and false.Our staff at FCFCU is currently working to shut down the source of these phone calls.Your acc...

January 09, 2009

Our credit union has been notified of a phishing scam that is currently taking place.Financial Center does not contact its members via e-mail to verify or request account numbers, PINs, or other security information. If you receive an e-mail requesting personal information, consider it fraudulent. D...

January 08, 2009

This Sunday, January 11th, from 7:30 am until 1:00 pm, our website and our online banking system will be unavailable due to system maintenance. We apologize for this inconvenience....

January 08, 2009

On Smart Spending, an MSN Money blog, Karen Datko listed ten reasons why you should try and join a credit union. Here are her ten reasons.Better interest rates on loansPersonal loans are more likelyBetter interest rates on depositsLower feesFewer customers, better relationshipsFewer customers, so yo...

December 31, 2008

2008 is coming to a close, and it's time to make your annual New Year's resolution. Most of the common ones are to lose weight, work out more, or reduce stress. Resolutions seem to focus on what you can do to make yourself feel better physically. I want to know what you are going to do to make yours...

December 29, 2008

I hope everyone had a great Christmas holiday and feels rested going in to 2009. Our Centers will be open during our normal operating hours on Wednesday, but we will be closed for business on Thursday. Our doors will be back open on Friday with our normal operating hours....

December 26, 2008

A new shared service center will open in Indianapolis today. The location of the new center is at 4940 West 56th Street. It will be open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 6 pm. It will also be open on Saturdays from 9 am until 2 pm.This is a drive thru only facility, and it also has a drive up ATM ...

December 24, 2008

I'd personally like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas. Financial Center will be closed for the holiday, but we will be back on Friday with our normal operating hours. Our DFAS and Downtown Centers will be closed on Friday, but all other locations will be open.Be safe, enjoy your time with your fr...

December 22, 2008

Check out this article posted on USATODAY.com by AP writer Matt Apuzzo regarding the lack of disclosure from banks on how they are using money from the $700 billion goverment bailout. One of the alternatives to being a customer at one of these banks is to join a credit union. If you live i...

December 22, 2008

Home sales plunged 29% during November in Central Indiana according to Tom Spalding in today's edition of the Indianapolis Star. Average sale prices have dropped 10% and the median sales price has dropped 13%.If you're one of the few consumers looking to buy a home, Financial Center can help. W...

December 18, 2008

Here's a quick note detailing FCFCU's holiday hours.December 24thAll of our Center locations will close at 2 PM.December 25thAll Center locations will be closed for Christmas.December 26thThe DFAS and Downtown Centers will be closed for business. All other Center locations will be open with nor...

December 17, 2008

As the economy has taken a downturn, businesses big and small are making changes to survive. To avoid your own economic downturn, now is a good time to take a serious look at your finances to prepare for tougher financial times ahead.Here are questions to ask as you give your family's finances a tun...

December 16, 2008

Phish Food from Ben and Jerry's is my favorite ice cream flavor. But, this post isn't about my personal dessert preferences.At Financial Center, we place a large emphasis on ensuring that we keep your account information private and secure. It's also important for you to be vigilant in doing what yo...

December 15, 2008

Santa Claus will be making his second stop at several of our Centers this Saturday from 11 AM to 1 PM. Members of all ages are invited to the following Centers to have their picture taken with Santa. Castleton Center Emerson Center Fox Road Center Main Center Park 100 Center So...

December 15, 2008

Looking for a way to invest in America and buy a new car? The GM Invest in America program for credit union members is intended to provide discount opportunities from US automakers. All current and new Financial Center members will receive the GM Supplier Discount plus a $250 bonus on most new GM ve...

November 26, 2008

Financial Center's staff and volunteers wish you a happy Thanksgiving holiday. Our offices will be closed on Thursday, but we will be open on Friday and Saturday for all your banking needs. Our ATMs, online banking, and bank by phone will still be available on Thursday....

November 26, 2008

The Indianapolis Star reported today that Charter One (owned by the Rhode Island based Citizens Financial Group) is planning to sell 65 of its branches to Old National. If you're tired of the continuous changes at your bank, visit Financial Center. We've been serving th...

November 25, 2008

Video courtesy of Servus Credit Union's Young&Free Alberta Program. This is is the orginal work of the 2008 Young&Free Spokesperson Larissa Walkiw. Copyright 2008. Visit www.youngfreealberta.com for more information.To learn more about our credit union, visit www.fcfcu.com....

November 25, 2008

Students from the Academy of Finance from the Walker Career Center at Warren Central High School in Indianapolis visited the credit union today to get a firsthand look at the daily operations of our business. I was fortunate enough to be able to speak with the students about marketing...

November 24, 2008

If you want to learn more about our credit union and get quick notification about new products and specials, follow us on Twitter. Here's our page....

November 21, 2008

This article from CNNMoney talks about how Americans are expected to spend less money on Christmas gifts this year than last. The article states that U.S. households are expeted to spend an average of $418 on presents this year while they spent $471 last year. What are your plans for the H...

November 20, 2008

Receive a free picture with Santa this holiday season. Members of all ages are invited to visit Santa at Financial Center in December. Santa will be parking his sleigh at the Castleton, Emerson, Fox Road, Park 100, Southside and Main Center locations on Saturday, December 13th and Saturday, December...

November 18, 2008

If you can name the offensive line for the Indianapolis Colts, been stuck in traffic during rush hour on I-465, or if you've ever been downtown for the Circle of Lights celebration, you can probably become a member of Financial Center.If you live, work, worship, attend school or volunteer in In...

November 18, 2008

With the Holiday shopping season quickly approaching, Financial Center has the solution to your shopping dilemmas - a VISA Gift Card. These convenient and practical gift cards can be loaded with whatever amount you wish. In fact, Financial Center is removing all the hassle from your shopping frustra...

November 17, 2008

An article by Mindy Fetterman appeared in USA Today this morning about how Americans are changing their lives in order to save more money. Here are what some people are doing to make some extra cash: Selling unwanted items, eating meals at home instead of going to restaurants, trimming grocery costs...

November 13, 2008

We've lowered our home equity loan rates once again. Now, you can get a home equity loan from Financial Center for as low as 3.50% APR*. These loans come with the following features: No closing costs No annual, maintenance, or transaction fees Up to 90% of equity Plus, once you close on...

November 13, 2008

This Sunday, November 16th, from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, our website and our online banking system will be unavailable due to a service upgrade. All of our ATMs will still be available across Indianapolis. We apologize for this inconvenience, and thank you for your patience....

November 13, 2008

Our last member education seminar of the year will take place this Saturday at our Main Center location from 9 AM to Noon. The subject of the seminar will be Financial Fitness. Understanding where our money goes is the first step in establishing a successful money management routine. Focusing on the...

November 12, 2008

This Saturday (11/15) Financial Center will be hosting its final Shred Day. The event will take place at our Main Center location at 7101 East 56th Street in Indianapolis. This event is free of charge. Don't miss out on your last chance of the year for this free shredding service....

November 10, 2008

Financial Center will be closed on Tuesday for Veterans Day.To learn more information about Veterans Day, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website.  ...

November 10, 2008

In October, Andre Arnold, a Business Development Officer with the credit union, was awarded the Mozel Sanders Foundation Individual Humanitarian Award during the foundation's annual tribute and banquet dinner. The Mozel Sanders Foundation continues the legacy of Reverend Doctor Mozel Sanders who wor...

November 07, 2008

This Sunday, November 9th, from 7 AM to approximately 5 PM, Financial Center Online, our online banking system, will be unavailable due to a service upgrade. We apologize for this inconvenience. If you have any additional questions, please contact Member Services at 317.916.7700....

November 06, 2008

In response to this article from MSN Money...there has never been a better time to join a credit union! If you live, work, worship, attend school, or volunteer in Indianapolis and the Marion County area, you're eligible to join Financial Center. Learn more on our website at www.fcfcu.com.Here are so...

November 04, 2008

Finally, Election Day is here. By what method did you vote in this year's election? Leave a comment below and tell us about your voting experience. ...

November 03, 2008

Each time you pay your bills using Financial Center Online in November and December, you'll receive an automatic entry for a chance to win $5,000.*If you haven't tried online BillPayer, now is the time to take advantage of this convenient service. Simply log in to Financial Center Online and select ...

November 03, 2008

Finally, it's Election Day across the country. By what method did you vote in this year's election? By what method did you vote in this year's election? ( polls)...

November 03, 2008

Now you can experience security and convenience with your choice of a VISA Platinum or VISA Platinum Rewards credit card from Financial Center. Both cards have these great features: Fixed rate Credit line up to $30,000 No annual fee No cash advance fee Low cost life, disability, and involunt...

October 30, 2008

The RCA Dome in Indianapolis provided great memories to all those lucky enough to attend an event in the stadium. I was lucky enough to go to the 1997 NCAA Final Four, several state high school basketball finals, and numerous Colts games. It's been a part of Indianapolis for over 20 years.In the Ind...

October 29, 2008

If you're unable to get loan from your current bank due to the current economic situtation, Financial Center can help.We are prepared to help you get your next auto loan, home equity line of credit, mortgage or credit card.If you live, work, worship, attend school or volunteer in Indianapolis or Mar...

October 28, 2008

Financial Center offers a variety of e-mail alerts designed to keep your account and contact information current. Keep informed about your account activity by opting to use our e-Lerts. You decide when we send you an e-Lert, and you can set the notification criteria from a list of e-Lert topics and ...

October 27, 2008

REALTunes Checking, the latest product from Financial Center, will be introduced  next week to all of our credit union members. REALTunes Checking is a free checking account that awards you free downloads from the iTunes music store as well as up to $25 in refunds for ATM surcharges n...

October 24, 2008

On Saturday, October 25th, we'll be hosting another Shred Day at our Park 100 Center from 9 AM to Noon. Come in and have your confidential documents shredded for free. The Park 100 Center is located at 5455 West 86th Street in Indianapolis....

October 24, 2008

This past Saturday, several Financial Center employees took part in the 2008 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in Indianapolis. As a team, our employees raised $1,180 for the event. Overall, the event had 5,800 walkers and raised $257,000 for the American Cancer Society. Making Strides Aga...

October 23, 2008

Kimberly Palmer from U.S. News&World Report had an interesting article this week on the benefits of joining a credit union.In the article, Palmer notes that 90 million Americans are members of a credit union, and that most Americans are eligible to join a credit union - even if they don't realiz...

October 22, 2008

I've always been an avid sports fan. I really enjoy going to games and taking in the entire atmosphere of a sporting event. Living in Indianapolis, there is seemingly always a game to go to whether it be the Colts, Pacers, Fever, Indians, or Ice. if you live in the Indianapolis area, chances ar...

October 21, 2008

Financial Center Online and MoneyLine, our bank by phone system, will be unavailable tonight from 11 PM to Midnight due to a system upgrade. We apologize for this inconvenience....

October 20, 2008

On Saturday, Financial Center hosted a member education seminar on how to avoid fraud and identity theft. We had about ten members attend the seminar, and we want to share the presentation with all of those who were unable to attend. Avoiding Fraud and Identity Theft - October 2008 View Slid...

October 17, 2008

This morning I was able to attend a training session on the credit union's latest product, REALTunes Checking. REALTunes Checking is much like our Reward Checking product in that we will give you an incentive if you satisfy several qualifiers: Make at least 12 debit card transactions  ea...

October 16, 2008

Today, credit unions and their members across the world are celebrating International Credit Union Day. This year's theme is My Credit Union: It Belongs to Me. Financial Center, much like other credit unions, exists to provide solutions that fulfill our members' needs. Whether you want to buy a...

October 15, 2008

This Saturday, the credit union will host a member education seminar. The topic will be Avoding Fraud and Identity theft. It will take place at our Main Center located at 7101 East 56th Street in Indianapolis from 9 AM to Noon.Attendees will learn methods on how to avoid becoming a victim of financi...

October 15, 2008

On Thursday (10/16) from approximately 11 AM to 1 PM, our website at www.fcfcu.com will be down for maintenance. We apologize for this inconvenience. If you need assistance, please call our Member Services team at 317.916.7700....

October 14, 2008

We've added an additonal Shred Day. The Main Center will host a Shred Day on Saturday, November 15th from 9 AM to Noon. Here's a complete list of the upcoming Shred Days: October 18th - Fox Road October 25th - Park 100 November 1st - Southside November 8th - Castleton November 15th - Main Center ...

October 10, 2008

Financial Center will be closed on Monday due to Columbus Day. Online banking and MoneyLine as well as all of our ATMs will still be available for your needs....

October 10, 2008

On Monday, September 8th, blog reader Sarah commented that she had experienced some problems with our website loading properly. We have since corrected those problems and hope that this greatly improves the experience for all of our credit union members.If you have any additional problems with the f...

October 10, 2008

Financial Center will provide free shredding services tomorrow at our Emerson Center from 9 AM to Noon. The Emerson Center is located at 7915 S. Emerson Avenue in Indianapolis. See you there!...

October 08, 2008

With last week's Senate approval of an increase in the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund, Financial Center can now insure your savings up to $500,000. $250,000 of insurance is now provided by the NCUSIF and we also offer an additional $250,000 through Excess Share Insurance.With the recent ...

October 07, 2008

MoneyLine, our bank by phone system, will be down until 2 PM today for a service upgrade.We apologize for this inconvenience.UPDATE: MoneyLine is back up and running. Thank you for your patience....

October 06, 2008

The Financial Center team was out in full force at last Friday night's football game between Carmel and Warren Central. Check out the video below of several of our staff members firing t-shirts into the stands! ...

September 30, 2008

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September 29, 2008

At Financial Center, financial literacy education is not only our mission - it's our passion. We seek to bring you the best professional advice possible on a variety of topics. We're currently scheduling our member education seminars for 2009 and want to know what topics you'd like to see covered ne...

September 25, 2008

USA Today reported today that annual deductibles for workers jumped an average of 29% this year. One of the main causes of the increase was a growth in the number of high deductible health plans. Financial Center can help.If you are covered by a high deductible health plan, you can take advantage of...

September 24, 2008

We've scheduled five opportunities for you to vist several of our Center locations to take advantage of our popular Shred Days. Each Shred Day will be held from 9:00 AM to Noon. Here's the schedule: October 11th - Emerson CenterOctober 18th - Fox Road CenterOctober 25th - Park 100 CenterNovember 1st...

September 23, 2008

We recently made an addition to our website to highlight our current efforts at three Indianapolis school corporations. We are committed to improving financial literacy for the youth in our community. Our three student-run Centers throughout Indianapolis are proof of our dedication to this...

September 22, 2008

For a limited time, we're currently offering our Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) product with rates as low as 4.00% APR.* HELOCs are a great way to obtain funds to make home improvements, pay for tuition, or to take that special vacation that you've been dreaming of. In addition to our great...

September 16, 2008

Peter McDougall of TheStreet.com recently wrote an article about the strength of credit unions in this time of difficulty for larger banks. McDougall writes, "Many banks are hiking fees to make up for billions of dollars in losses. Credit unions, having escaped the financial crisis, a...

September 15, 2008

We've received a great response for our next member education seminar. This Saturday's class on online services is completely full. We are now accepting names for the wait list. Members may still call the marketing department at 317.916.6250 to place their name on the wait list.In the meantime,...

September 12, 2008

FCFCU is now on Twitter. Our page is at http://twitter.com/FinancialCenter. We look forward to hearing from you....

September 11, 2008

Our new student-run Center at the Walker Career Center at Warren Central High School in Indianapolis was featured today in the Indianapolis Star. Click here for the full text of the article.For more information on bringing a student-run branch to your school, click here....

September 10, 2008

Identity theft schemes have become more prevalent in the past years, and it's important that you know the best way to protect yourself. Here are some tips to help you avoid identity theft. Shred papers that contain personal information before throwing them away. Never give out personal information...

September 08, 2008

Do you know a friend or family member that is eligibile to join Financial Center? Refer a new member today, and you can both earn up to $100. See the back of this coupon for details....

September 04, 2008

Becoming a member of Finance Center Federal Credit Union is easy. Prospective members can complete an online membership application, visit one of our Centers, or call us at 317.916.7700.Membership is open to all individuals and their families who live, work, worship, attend school, or volunteer...

September 03, 2008

FCFCU is set to open its third student-run Center today at Arsenal Tech High School in Indianapolis. This will be the first student-run Center within the Indianapolis Public School System.Much like Financial Center's other student-run Centers, students and teachers at Arsenal Tech will be able to ba...

September 02, 2008

When I get home from my job as Marketing Manager here at Financial Center, I usually have a few spare coins leftover from my day. Without much thought, I toss them into an empty coffee can next to my dresser. I'm not sure how much money I've collected, but I'm going to take a closer look after what ...

August 29, 2008

Yesterday morning, FCFCU was featured on WIBC (93.1 FM in Indianapolis). Tara Turner, the credit union's Director of Financial Literacy discussed our newest student branch at the Walker Career Center in Warren Township. Click here to listen to the full interview....

August 28, 2008

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal urged consumers to move their accounts to a local credit union.Author Brett Arends of the Wall Street Journal notes that "many Americans are pretty unimpressed with the banking industry right now. Maybe it's a good time to look at an alternative - lik...

August 27, 2008

Financial Center Online ServicesMain Center - 7101 East 56th Street, IndianapolisSaturday, September 20th9:00 AM to NoonCost: $0Learn how to maximize your time and reduce your costs through the use of our online services. Using both a classroom environment and hands on training, members will learn h...

August 27, 2008

FCFCU, in cooperation with Warren Central High School and Walker Career Center, will open a student-run credit union Center inside the Walker Career Center today. The branch was established to help teach students about money management and starting off on the right financial path.The facil...

August 25, 2008

That's right. We're offering a special incentive for our loyal blog readers. We're giving away a $5 Blockbuster gift card to the first 20 readers to send us their e-mail address. However, your e-mail address must not currently be on our system. Please send your name, e-mail addre...

August 22, 2008

Do you know who owns Financial Center? As one of our members, you do! That is just one of the many things that make credit unions unique.Credit unions are not-for-profit, democratically controlled, volunteer-run, member-owned cooperatives. They exist to serve their members. Unlike most other fi...

August 21, 2008

As part of our ongoing efforts to develop Valued Relationships and provide Trusted Solutions, we have developed Service Promises which describe how we will conduct business with our members.We Promise to make it easy to do business with us. to treat you as an honored member. to maintain the ...

August 18, 2008

As your credit union, we want to help you succeed in whatever it is that you do. Plus, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to do business with us and gain the information you need to best manage your finances. One of the programs we use on our website to help you do this is Anytime Advise...

August 15, 2008

Today, we announced a new certificate special.* Previously we were offering a 5 year certificate for 4.15% APY. Now, we've increased the rate up to 4.50% APY! This is a very competitive rate in the Indianapolis area, and we invite you to visit one of our Centers or give us a call at 317.916.770...

August 14, 2008

One of our blog's readers left a comment recently notifying our credit union of a fraudulent text message being sent from someone posing as Financial Center. We are aware of the scam, and have since worked to shut down the number being used. Financial Center will never ask for your confidential...

August 12, 2008

Financial Center has a wide variety of products all designed to fit your individual financial needs. One product that most of our members are unaware of is FlexLine.FlexLine is a line of credit that you can use to pay for expenses or for overdraft protection. Sometimes an accident happens ...

August 11, 2008

This Tuesday evening (August 12th) from 11 PM to approximately 1 AM Wednesday, Financial Center Online and MoneyLine will be unavailable due to service upgrades. We apologize for this inconvenience. If you have any questions, please contact Member Services at 317.916.7700....

August 08, 2008

Financial Center is offering a special promotion during August and September for members using our free BillPayer service through our online banking system. Each time you pay your bills using BillPayer in August and September, you'll receive an automatic entry for a chance to win $5,000.BillPayer is...

August 04, 2008

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Tara Turner, Financial Center's Director of Financial Literacy. Tara has spent the last year working at the credit union's first student run center kiosk at the J. Everett Light Career Center next door to North Central High School. In the coming weeks...

July 31, 2008

Financial Center is aware of a recent phishing attack using a variation of the credit union's name. Please be reminded that Financial Center will never ask for your confidential information via e-mail.If you receive a questionable e-mail, please forward it to phishing@fcfcu.com.We are working dilige...

July 28, 2008

CNN reported today that the average price of gas across the country declined for the 11th straight day today. The new average...a bargain price of $3.958 a gallon. As your credit union, we take an interest in your personal finances and how economic factors such as the cost of gas affect your ev...

July 18, 2008

With gas prices continually rising, consumers are looking for more fuel efficient forms of transportation. One option is motorcycles. In 2006, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Statistics reported that passenger cars averaged 22.4 miles traveled per gallon of gas, compared ...

July 17, 2008

Most people call it banking. We call it credit unioning. Come in today and experience the difference for yourself. Financial Center members can perform their transactions in any one of our nine locations in the Indianapolis area. However, they can also conduct their business at nearly 40 other credi...

July 16, 2008

Financial Center will be at Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration this weekend. Stop by booth number 138 to speak with one of our representatives. We'll be there to answer any questions you might have about our products and services. We'll also be having some contests, giving away some prizes, and...

July 16, 2008

California based IndyMac Bank has been in the news a lot this week as account holders line up outside branches to withdraw their money. One of the main concerns of these worried customers is how their deposits are insured. IndyMac is insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, commonly re...

July 14, 2008

Do you have accounts at other financial institutions but want to move them to the credit union? We make it easy with our MoveSmart tool. Complete a few simple steps and answer a couple of questions. MoveSmart will create the necessary documents you need to move your accounts. The next time you ...

July 08, 2008

Last Thursday was a particularly busy day at our Main Center location. With it being the day before the Fourth of July, our lobby was filled with members all day. As the saying goes, when the going get tough - the tough get going. Our committment to member service last Thursday proved just this. O...

July 08, 2008

Michael Hostetler is the E-Commerce and Market Research Manager for the credit union. He has been with Financial Center since June 2005. Michael's main responsibilities with the credit union involve database research, blogging, social media marketing, and e-commerce. Michael...

July 07, 2008

Learning how to manage your money is just as important as the effort you put in to earning it. Keeping this in mind, we offer numerous member education seminars to help you better understand your personal finances. Our next seminar is titled Checking Account Basics. We'll cover how items clear your ...

July 03, 2008

...can keep Financial Center's Business Development team from hitting the streets and spreading the word about our credit union. Visit the Financial Center tent this weekend at the Lawrence 4th of July Fair. Sign up for a new account, learn more about our proudcts and services, or just say hello. We...

July 02, 2008

Welcome to Financial Center's new blog. We hope that this will be a great source for you to learn more about our credit union, our mission, and what we do to help the Indianapolis community. We have been serving Indianapolis for over 50 years, and are proud of our heritage and our plans for future g...

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