125 North Fulton St. Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 273-4611
Toll Free: (877) 273-AFCU      Contact

Investment Policy

The Alternatives Federal Credit Union's core investment assumption is that we would like to loan all available funds to members within the constraints of prudent management. We consider lending to be our mission - to be a vehicle for investing money in our community.

We will not make an investment when a suitable loan is available. Our primary investment with funds not loaned out in our community places funds with other Credit Unions in the state through our Corporate Central Credit Union in Albany. In most environments, loan demand is sufficient that we need not pursue investments beyond this point. If we do have longer term excess funds, we place excess funds with banks and savings and loans that have a record on investment in their communities, a high level of capital, and a profit. Our final investment alternative is government or government agency issues. We usually chose short T-bills or FHLB (Federal Home Loan Board) bonds depending on the situation.

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The Credit Path

As Alternatives Credit Union has grown and changed, our use of the Credit Path model of financial empowerment has changed as well. Originally developed by Bill Myers as a way of understanding our members' financial situations and incorporating that into our business planning, the Credit Path describes where people are situated at various points along a continuum between poverty and self-sufficiency. Our job, as a community development financial institution, is to help our members move along that continuum by empowering them to make decisions, and offering opportunities, that will move them towards financial self-sufficiency. more»


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