Charlie Funk

A note from Charlie – financial New Year’s resolutions

January 11th, 2018 Charlie Funk

It is a New Year! As I sit down to write my first blog post of 2018, I have been given the assignment of sharing financial New Year’s resolutions. The first thing everyone should do is to understand how the recently passed federal legislation will affect their tax liability. Contrary to what you may have read, the […]

This list of advantages and disadvantages will help you decide to rent or buy

January 11th, 2018 Chase Stafford

Key takeaways Review the list of advantages and disadvantages of leasing and buying. Make a list of pros and cons for your business. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Talk to a trusted advisor about your unique situation. Is your business growing? Are you running out of space? As your business gets bigger, you […]

Need a mortgage? Here are three things your lender will review …

January 11th, 2018 madmin

Key takeaways Monitor your credit on a regular basis. Maintain a steady income to establish a strong employment history. Be conscious of your overall assets and collateral Wouldn’t it be great if buying a home would be as easy as going to a grocery store, picking your home from the shelf and paying for it […]

Five creative ways to give back this holiday season

December 18th, 2017 Deborah Engfer

For many people, the end of the year is a time to give back to the organizations and causes that are near and dear to our hearts. With the holidays in full swing and tax season right around the corner, that’s no surprise. In many cases, charitable donations boil down to writing a check or […]

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A note from Charlie – for this I am grateful

December 7th, 2017 Charlie Funk

Gratitude has become a part of our culture at MidWestOne Bank and what better time to celebrate our gratitude than during the holiday season? This is the message I shared with our directors and staff at Thanksgiving: These are a few of the things I am thankful for this holiday season. The decibel level has […]

A framework to help your kids develop money skills

December 7th, 2017 Melissa Koop

Managing money is one of those important life skills that parents try to instill in their kids before they leave the nest. Unfortunately, there are no step-by-step instructions for teaching your kids to be responsible money managers. It takes time and effort on your part to help your children learn the healthy money habits that […]

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A note from Charlie – digital banking trends

November 9th, 2017 Charlie Funk

In this space, I have recently written about technology trends in banking. Banking is changing rapidly as society changes. Customer preferences are changing and the financial services sector risks changing or becoming irrelevant over the next decade. It’s not just banking. Think about what has happened in the very straightforward and staid grocery industry. Amazon buys Whole […]

Disaster planning and your small business

November 9th, 2017 John Kimball

Disaster recovery planning – it’s one of those things every small business owner knows is important, but many avoid. The truth is, you just never know when a disaster will strike, and it’s important to prepare your business for such an event, just as you would your home and family. Despite the unpredictability of disasters, […]

Managing finances while a family member is enlisted or overseas

November 9th, 2017 Mike Finlayson

November is Military Family Month, and as we show appreciation for the sacrifices those in the military make, it’s important not to forget the unique challenges they face, such as serving overseas or being deployed in conflict zones. Those challenges also impact the service members’ ability to effectively manage their finances while also dealing with […]

Tips for planning for retirement as a small business owner

October 12th, 2017 Niki Prom

While operating your own business has many benefits, it comes with its fair share of unique challenges, too. One of them – planning for retirement. For many entrepreneurs, it’s tempting to funnel profits back into the company as opposed to saving for the future. While this may help your business grow, it is not necessarily […]

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