A personal message from Point West Credit Union

We at Point West are heartbroken by the death of George Floyd and share in the pain our community has experienced and continues to experience, as well as communities nationwide. While we are understandably disappointed our location was damaged, we acknowledge and respect the anger and passion being demonstrated across the country.  We stand united with those calling for social … Continue reading


Looking for Safer Ways to Pay? Go Contactless

Financial coach and business owner Nadia Busseuil has been working hard to make her day-to-day purchases as contactless as possible during the COVID-19 crisis. If she has to pay for something in person, she uses “tap-to-pay” at checkout with her credit card or her smartphone’s wallet app. She carries small bills so that if she has to pay for something … Continue reading


5 Money Goals If You’re Still Employed During COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown tens of millions of people into financial turmoil. But not everyone is feeling the pinch. Not yet, at least. Roughly a quarter of Americans (24%) said the coronavirus crisis has not impacted their financial situation, according to a survey conducted April 10-12 by J.D. Power. But that figure could change as more companies cut salaries, … Continue reading


Should You Use Your Emergency Fund During COVID-19?

COVID-19 has wreaked financial disaster on millions of Americans. Already, 30% of Americans have tapped their emergency fund due to the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent NerdWallet survey conducted online by The Harris Poll from April 8-10. And just as the coronavirus has affected people of all ages, it’s left people of all generations leaning on … Continue reading


Make a Financial Recovery Kit to Rally Faster After Disaster

So far, 2020 has been a year of disruption for many Americans. Finances and lives have been upended by the mental, physical and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. And now, another threat looms: storm and wildfire season. Colorado State University predicts that we’ll have an “above average” Atlantic hurricane season, which begins in June. Tornado season has already begun … Continue reading


Relief Checks May Be Coming, but Scammers Are Already Here

Congress is working out the details of help for most Americans in the form of payments likely to come within the next few weeks. But the Federal Trade Commission is concerned you’ll hear from a scammer before you get a check. Scammers, too, are working from home during the coronavirus crisis, it seems, “and they will take any opportunity to … Continue reading


What Point West is doing in response to COVID-19

Updated 11:05 a.m. PT, April 27, 2020 Emergency Loan solution for our members Due to overwhelming demand, we have had to discontinue new applications for this program at this time. We will continue to explore ways to expand and reopen this program with our community partners and will update this page if there are any changes in availability. We will … Continue reading


How to Protect Your Finances and Credit in Tough Times

The quickly unfolding coronavirus outbreak is an extreme case, but any sort of hard times will test our personal finances. Many people are now facing reduced work hours and income while watching with worry as stock market upheaval continues. Preparation is better than panic, however. And starting now is better than doing nothing. To get your finances ready for tough … Continue reading


How to Keep Your Spirits Up in the Long Game of Saving

Dreaming of a savings goal is almost always fun — a sunny vacation, the perfect home, a dazzling holiday gift. But think about how long it can take to get there, and all that fun might fade away. Even if you’re doing the right things, such as cutting your expenses or taking a part-time job for extra income, it can … Continue reading


Concerned About Coronavirus? How to Prepare Your House, Mind and Bank Account

Coronavirus. It’s all over the news. It’s trending on Twitter. It’s on your TV. And it’s dominating the push alerts on your phone. Coronavirus disease 2019 (abbreviated COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus that was first identified in Wuhan, China. Cases have now been detected in at least 50 locations internationally, according to the Centers for … Continue reading


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