scott jamison, ira, roth ira, empty nest, retirement planning, catch up contributions

IRA catch-up contributions limits for 2016 and 2017

March 23rd, 2017 Scott Jamison

As an Empty Nester, chances are you’re turning your attention to your upcoming retirement and your nest egg. If you’re left feeling like your nest egg could be bigger, make sure you familiarize yourself with IRA catch-up contributions. They are a valuable tool in increasing your retirement savings as you approach the golden age. What […]

How to write off the expense of starting your business

March 9th, 2017 Cory Ahrendsen

As an entrepreneur you know that start-ups incur costs before officially being open for business. The good news is that you may be entitled to deduct certain start-up and organizational costs on your tax return. Let’s take a closer look at how to write off the costs of starting your new business. Two types of […]

Charlie Funk

Note from Charlie – own your mistakes

March 9th, 2017 Charlie Funk

“Take care of your customers and those who should be.” For more than 82 years, this has been the simple mission of our company. We spend a considerable amount of time and money training all of our associates to provide excellent customer service. We also talk about “service recovery,” which is the name given to efforts to […]

Are you telling yourself these money lies?

March 1st, 2017 Kathy Swenson

Sometimes we’re our own worst enemy. It’s not different when it comes to our personal finances. When we want to make ourselves feel better about our finances, we often tell ourselves little lies to make it seem better than it actually is. The trouble is – if we do it too much, we may end […]

Wealth Management eNewsletter

Wealth Management Monthly eNewsletter (Feb. 2017)

February 28th, 2017 madmin

In this month’s Wealth Management eNewsletter, we discuss how an Estate Plan can help you set goals and ensure that all of the sweethearts in your life are taken care of. MidWestOne’s monthly Wealth Management eNewsletter discusses a variety of personal financial topics, including planning for the future, managing your wealth, using Private Banking services to simplify your life […]

Our best money management tips for young professionals

February 21st, 2017 madmin

As a young professional, you are confronted every day with new experiences. Managing your personal finances is just one of these many challenges. What exactly is a 401(k)? What’s the smart way to pay off college loans? How can I start to save? What is my credit score, and why does it matter? In this […]

Midwestone bank, cyber security, business tips

5 steps to protect your customers from ID theft

February 9th, 2017 Jeff Schebler

Are you taking steps to protect your customers’ personal information? Safeguarding sensitive data in your files and on your computers is just good business. After all, if that information falls into the wrong hands, it can lead to fraud or identity theft. Recent studies estimate the cost of a security breach at around $200 per […]

Charlie Funk

A note from Charlie – letter to Richard

February 9th, 2017 Charlie Funk

It might appear unusual to publish a letter in this space recently written to someone who leads an organization that competes with MidWestOne. But Richard Davis, CEO of US Bank, is an unusual and extraordinary person. Persons who stand for integrity and who advocate for their professions are worthy of our respect and admiration. Below is a […]

midwestone bank, new construction loans

Building a house? The nuts and bolts of new construction loans

January 31st, 2017 Mark Sandvig

Building your own house can be the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for many people – but it can also be a long and expensive process. Most people can’t afford to pay for the cost of home construction up front, and getting a mortgage is usually not an option. After all, you’re asking a bank […]

Charlie Funk

A note from Charlie – 2017 predictions

January 12th, 2017 Charlie Funk

As the calendar turns and we enter the New Year, I thought it would be useful to share a few of my own bank-related forecasts for 2017. Note that this sort of thing is usually folly as few predict the future with much certainty. We are going to see higher interest rates in 2017. While interest […]

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