MoneyU Glossary of Terms

MoneyU Glossary of Terms

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Automated Teller Machine. A machine you can use to deposit money, withdraw money, transfer money between multiple accounts, etc. You can find ATMs everywhere these days, including in the lobbies of banks, in grocery stores, inside restaurants, and at sporting events.


The amount of money you owe the card issuer. This includes purchases, fees, interest, and transaction charges.


A state or federally chartered for-profit financial institution that offers commercial and consumer loans and other financial services.


To have an account in a financial institution.

Certificates of Deposit

(Also known as CDs.) Certificates of deposit, or CDs, are time deposits. CDs offer a guaranteed rate of interest for a specified term, such as one year. With CDs, you can choose from among various lengths of time that your money is on deposit, ranging from several days to several years. Once you pick the term you want, you will generally have to keep your money in the account until the term ends.


Written order directing a bank or credit union to pay a person or business a specific sum of money.

Checking Account

An account with which you write checks to withdraw your deposited funds from the account

Credit Union

A not-for-profit financial institution that is owned by its members. Credit unions offer many of the same services as banks at lower costs. They may also pay higher interest on deposits. To open an account at a credit union, you must qualify for membership.

Credit Union Account

Credit union accounts are similar to those at banks, but have different names. Credit union members have share draft (rather than checking) accounts, share (rather than savings) accounts, and share certificate (rather than certificate of deposit) accounts.

Debit Card

This card allows you to deduct the amount of your purchase directly from your checking account for payment to the merchant.

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