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Creating a budget and sticking to it

March 26th, 2015 Jeff Johnson

Wouldn’t it be great if you could make a plan for your money, where you could keep track of every penny coming in and going out? A plan that could help you stay on track, reach your goals and aim for that dream vacation? Good news! You’ve been able to do this all along! So, […]

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Traditional IRA & Roth IRA: What’s the difference?

March 10th, 2015 Cindy Mays

How are you preparing for your future? Are you climbing the ladder at work? Taking classes to learn new skills?  What about building a nest egg for your finances? One way to prepare for your future is to place your money into an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). An IRA is, in essence, a savings account […]

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A note from Charlie – Mar. 5

March 5th, 2015 Charlie Funk

March 1-7 is National Consumer Protection Week. Identity theft is someone else’s problem. That is, until it happens to you! The following is a practical guide that offers important steps to follow and ways to enlist help from your financial institution: Don’t share your secrets. Don’t provide your Social Security number or account information to anyone who […]

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Signature transactions vs. PIN transactions: What’s the difference?

March 5th, 2015 Sandy Bailey

“Swipe your card.” We hear it in restaurants, gas stations and retail stores. It’s fast. It’s convenient. And, it’s a growing trend. The number of people using check cards is increasing at a very fast rate. In 2012, check card transactions were accountable for purchases reaching over $2 trillion in the United States, and that […]

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5 common mistakes new entrepreneurs make

March 5th, 2015 madmin

Starting a new business can be an exciting and nerve-wracking time. The thrill of introducing your product or service to the world can be clouded by the stress of long to-do lists. Getting your marketing in order. Hiring employees. Finding the right name for your business. All of these things are important decisions that can […]

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MidWestOne Customer Spotlight: Viewpoint Molecular Targeting

March 5th, 2015 madmin

Curing cancer − it’s an enormous undertaking, even for the geniuses on our planet. It requires an astronomical amount of knowledge, research, and funding. The vision and enthusiasm developed for doing such a thing is becoming a reality for Mike Schultz, Chief Science Officer at Viewpoint Molecular Targeting. When Mike began his career at the […]

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Online shopping: How to ensure your financial information is safe online

February 26th, 2015 Susan Koehn

Finally! Now, you can purchase a brand new TV, while watching your favorite TV show. If you notice you are almost out of pet food, you can order more vittles with your pet in your lap. When you get hungry, you can order food in 30 seconds, or less, without picking up your phone. You […]

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Four ways to be a frugal CEO

February 23rd, 2015 Cory Ahrendsen

You’ve dreamed about it for years, and it’s finally becoming reality – your own business. While launching a business is exciting, it can also be extremely expensive. Frugality can be a lifesaver, especially in those early stages before your business becomes profitable. We offer four ways to help you keep costs down and be a […]

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Paying student loans vs. saving for retirement

February 17th, 2015 Mark Sandvig

What should you do? Pay off your student loans so you can feel like you’ve successfully escaped a large financial boulder from crushing you? Or, use a portion of your paycheck to live more comfortably, many years from now? Either way, you’re putting your money towards something you cannot see. You see money going out, […]

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Exchanging Foreign Currency

February 11th, 2015 Angie Brown

You just took a phenomenal vacation through Europe and came back with some extra euros. Now what do you do with that currency? Maybe you are planning a trip to Japan and would like to exchange some money before you leave. How do you go about acquiring yen? Whether you are buying or selling foreign […]

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