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The growing wealth gap provides credit unions with an opportunity to live out their philosophical missions in new ways.

When the U.S. Department of Commerce announced a third-quarter 3.5% growth the U.S. gross domestic product in October, economic experts fairly crowed with renewed – and no longer cautious – optimism.

Even the normally reticent Federal Reserve, bolstered by economic growth, ended its quantitative easing program in October, ceasing its efforts to buy back bonds as a way to stimulate an economy its officers clearly believe to be on the mend. Compared to the economies of other developed countries, in fact, Uncle Sam has once again emerged as leader of the pack.

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