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Buy a starter home or invest in your forever home? What makes most sense…

September 21st, 2016 Scott Schroeder

Forever home vs. starter home – for many couples, this is a contentious subject. While you may feel like a starter home makes the most sense, your partner may have opposite feelings. In the past there was no question – most young people would settle on smaller, more affordable homes until other properties were within […]

Raising responsible money managers – our favorite articles about kids and money

Raising responsible money managers – our favorite articles about kids and money

September 8th, 2016 madmin

Financial literacy is part of those important life skills that we – as parents – try to impart on our children to help them succeed in life. Unfortunately, there is no step-by-step game plan that will teach children to be responsible money managers. It takes time and effort on your part to help your children […]

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Note from Charlie – teamwork and leadership

September 8th, 2016 Charlie Funk

I recently had the privilege of speaking at a back-to-school kickoff event for the entire Iowa City Community School District about teamwork and leadership. I am sharing a portion of my talk below. I feel that this can easily translate to many professions and daily life. As I have thought about my own life, I […]

Are you taking these steps to protect your business account online?

Are you taking these steps to protect your business account online?

September 8th, 2016 Cory Ahrendsen

If you use online banking for your business – beware! Cybercriminals have increasingly been targeting the online accounts of small- to medium-sized businesses, non-profits and municipalities. These types of “corporate account takeovers” are attacks carried out by cybercriminals to either obtain the login credentials or hijack the secure online session of a legitimate user through […]

Running a small business – how much should you pay yourself?

Running a small business – how much should you pay yourself?

August 26th, 2016 Chase Stafford

It’s the age-old question every small business owner faces – how much do I pay myself? Too much and your business may fail to thrive. Too little and you may struggle to survive. So how do you strike the balance and set your company up for success? Most resolutions boil down to two lines of […]

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Start your marriage on solid financial footing

August 12th, 2016 madmin

As you settle into married life, don’t let your newlywed bliss prevent you from making smart decisions about your finances. Talking about how you will manage your money as a married couple is a huge gift you can give each other. Why? Because one of the leading causes of divorce is money trouble. Money trouble […]

Got HGTV envy? Transform your home with a HELOC

Got HGTV envy? Transform your home with a HELOC

August 4th, 2016 Mindy Atkinson

Cable channels like HGTV and DIY Network are filled with TV shows about home renovation projects that document the ins and outs of bringing old, dilapidated properties back into the current century. “Love it or List it,” “Rehab Addict,” “Yard Crashers” and “Design on a Dime” are just a few examples. It’s hard to watch […]

Charlie Funk

Note from Charlie – a banking checklist

August 4th, 2016 Charlie Funk

Two months ago, I conveyed four of Jamie Dimon’s thoughts concerning what any bank – large or small – must do to succeed and regain the public’s trust. As I said then, the public’s trust in our industry was shaken by the financial crisis of 2008-10 and Mr. Dimon’s “checklist” seemed appropriate to share. Here, […]

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How to keep your financial information safe online – our best tips

July 29th, 2016 madmin

Identity theft – it happens every day. Whether it’s fake emails or dumpster diving, identity thieves are very resourceful and use lots of different techniques to steal people’s private information. It’s important to remember that it’s up to you to protect your identity. It requires much less work to take precautions against this crime than […]

Business line of credit vs. credit card vs. loan – what’s best?

Business line of credit vs. credit card vs. loan – what’s best?

July 15th, 2016 Niki Prom

As a small business owner you’ll inevitably need capital to start, build or grow your business. How to acquire that funding is up to you. And that prospect can be overwhelming when considering the myriad of other decisions, you’re likely facing in operating your business. While there are multiple options available to secure funding, business […]

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