80th Anniversary Share Certificate

As you know, National Police Credit Union is a marketing division of Chicago Patrolmen's Federal Credit Union, which has been serving the needs of police officers and their families for 80 years!

In celebration of Chicago Patrolmen's Federal Credit Union's 80th Anniversary this summer, National Police Credit Union is offering a limited-time-only 80th Anniversary Share Certificate, which will be available starting July 9. This promotion will run through the summer only, and will last no later than September 15, 2018. 

Details Include:

  • 11-month term
  • Base rate of 1.00% APR*/APY**

Additional bonus rate increase based on membership duration: 

  • 10-19 years:   +0.80% or 1.80% APR*, 1.81% APY**
  • 20-29 years:   +1.60% or 2.60% APR*, 2.62% APY**
  • 30-39 years:   +2.40% or 3.40% APR*, 3.44% APY**
  • 40-49 years:   +3.20% or 4.20% APR*, 4.26% APY**
  • 50+ years:      +4.00% or 5.00% APR*, 5.09% APY**

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make transfers between two or more credit union accounts?

Yes. You will need to Fill out a Cross Account Transfer Authorization and/or Disclosure form.

Is there an easy way to pay my monthly loan payment or put extra money aside for something special?

Yes! You can set up a monthly transfer from your savings or checking account by filling out our Transfer Authorization Form.

How do I transfer money to another financial institution?

Please fill out the outgoing wire form found in this FAQ to transfer funds to another financial institution.

How do I transfer money into the credit union?

Incoming Wire Transfer Instructions​ provides the tools that you will need for wiring money into your account.

Do you carry or sell US savings bonds?

No, savings bonds must be purchased through the Treasury Direct website.

*APR = Annual Percentage Rate. **APY = Annual Percentage Yield.

***Bonus points are tied to the start date of the National Police Credit Union account under which the certificate will be opened. 

Traditional Share Certificate terms apply for the 80th Anniversary Share Certificate, including a minimum $500 deposit and early termination penalty.

Economic Freedom

Arguably, the greatest freedom of all is the freedom of choice, the power to make your own decisions and command your own destiny.

Amongst all of the decisions that you can make in your life, your financial decisions typically have some of the largest impacts, positive or negative, on the quality of your life and the options that you will have available to you.

When challenges arise and economic uncertainty looms, virtually all of the volatility that is created in the financial marketplace is driven by two factors: fear and rampant speculation.

If you are somebody who is fearful and full of anxiety about your finances, do you also feel helpless and lost about what to do? Can you imagine how great it would feel to be free of your fear and to experience peace of mind relative to your finances?

It is more important now than at any time in the last 75 years to make good financial decisions that will help you to achieve your own economic freedom and minimize any restrictions that will keep you from realizing your financial goals.

Make no mistake about it. You can enjoy economic freedom no matter how much money you make and regardless of what your financial situation has been in the past.  You and your own actions will be the sole determinants of whether or not you achieve financial strength and soundness. Conversely, if you do not set financial goals for yourself and get on the path that leads to the achievement of those goals, it will be your fault and your fault alone.

The peace of mind that comes with not having to worry about your finances during difficult times can be yours, and the tools that will help you obtain it already exist:

Create a Plan

Begin by honestly assessing your financial situation and determine what you have been doing and what you have not been doing. Figure out what you know and what you don’t know and then devise a plan that builds on your strengths and addresses your weaknesses. As an example, if you have not been as organized as you should have been and as a result have not balanced your checkbook regularly, make sure that part of your plan includes a regular review and balancing of your checkbook. Then, commit to that plan. A successful financial plan must contain realistic, attainable action steps as well as measurements and checkpoints to ensure you stay on track.

Develop and Follow a Budget

Clearly define your income and your expenses.  For the purposes of your budget, your income is not your gross salary, it is your actual take home pay.  For this exercise to be of value, being specific and precise is a must especially as it relates to your expenses. The more detailed that you can be about your exact expenses, the more confident you will be about your numbers and what you will have left to save.  Once you have developed a budget, follow it.  It will take discipline on your part, but the reward is great, namely that you will be taking a big step toward commanding yourown financial destiny.

Become Credit Wise

The single biggest factor in determining your ability to borrow money and qualify for the best borrowing rates is your credit rating, specifically your credit score as reported by the three main credit bureaus.  The credit rating system is notoriously difficult to understand and susceptible to errors and inaccuracies, so you will be way ahead of the game if you take the time to understand your credit report, the components of your credit score, and what you can do to ensure that your rating is as accurate and as strong as possible.

Perform Credit CPR

To the extent that you identify inaccuracies or legitimate weaknesses in your financial standing, perform the necessary tasks to take corrective action.  In this case, CPR can be defined as strong Communication with relevant parties, sound Planning, and a commitment to Resolve any and all matters.

Set Your Financial Priorities

Now that you have taken the steps that form the foundation of your future financial strength and your in-depth financial knowledge, it is time to determine exactly what your priorities should be.  If you have more debt than you are comfortable with, then the first order of business should be to pay off that debt or bring it down to a more
reasonable level.  If your debt and expenses are in order, your priority should be to maximize your savings.

Establish Goals and Incentives

Once your plan is in place and your priorities are in order, the next step is to establish your goals and the rewards you will reap when those goals are achieved.  As is the case with each of these steps, the goals that you set will be personal to you and will only be helpful if they are meaningful to you and attainable.  Setting the incentives is just as important because they will play a key role in your level of motivation to achieve your goals.

Create Reinforcing Habits

Particularly when it comes to saving, but certainly in every aspect of your own financial management, you will benefit from making habits out of the actions you are taking and repeating.  Your plan is in place and it is based on accurate information.  You have set your priorities and established your goals.  The best way to reinforce this behavior is to make it second nature.

Build Wealth

When you have realized the importance of saving, the next logical step is to go out and actually build wealth and there remains only two legitimate ways to do it.  You must either obtain ownership of something (i.e., real estate, stock, business, etc.) and/or build passive income; that is income that you generate that is not directly reliant on your labor or task completion (i.e., interest, dividends, appreciation).

Insulate Yourself from Recessions

There are several things that you can do to lessen the impact a downturn in the economy can have on your finances in terms of preemptive measures and preparation.  If you have not completed the previous steps, then these measures will be a lot less effective.  Once you have prepared for these times, you have essentially completed your path to economic freedom and you will find a peace of mind relative to your personal financial situation that will be both inspiring and liberating.

Trust Your Instincts and Stay Curious

At this point, you have completed all of the steps and have clearly learned how to make good, sound financial decisions.  You are following your own path and realizing power and command that previously seemed unreachable.  You have all of your financial matters in order.  Enjoy the benefits of your commitment to this process by sticking with the decisions and choices that you have made, but do not rest on what you have already accomplished.  Stay curious, keep asking questions and answering your own challenges, and remain open-minded so that you are able to make adjustments to your plans and objectives as necessary.

So, follow these steps and keep the faith.  Your Economic Freedom is at hand.

National Police Credit Union Contact:

For more information on National Police Credit Union, please visit our website or call 844.COP.SAVE.

To join National Police Credit Union, or if you have immediate family members who are interested in becoming members, please use our application.

To learn more about how you can aggressively protect you and your family from data breaches and identity theft, check out National Police Credit Union’s powerful new tool: Premium Checking

This article was written by Scott Arney, CEO, Chicago Patrolmen’s Federal Credit Union. This article is part of Scott Arney's educational series, entitled The Serial Decision Maker.