Keep your eyes open for these warning signs of elder financial abuse

August 10th, 2017 Cindi Schrock

Unfortunately elder financial abuse is increasingly becoming a problem we all need to be aware of. Nearly 1 in 5 Americans over 65 say they have been a victim of financial exploitation, according to a poll released by the nonprofit Investor Protection Trust. What’s worse, these numbers are expected to get worse as the boomer […]

Buying a home – how much house can you afford?

July 21st, 2017 Niki Gysbers

There are many things to consider when buying a home, and chief among them is undoubtedly the budget. As bankers, we feel it’s the decision that should come first in the home buying process and should guide all your subsequent choices. Establishing a budget helps you determine what neighborhood you can live in, how large […]

How to measure business success – KPIs, profitability ratios and more

July 6th, 2017 Neil Roers

When you’re building a startup, chances are you’re knee-deep in the daily grind of operating your business. From refining your product or service, to building your team, to meeting with vendors or other partners, you’re probably involved in all aspects of your business. This leaves little time for anything else – especially the big picture […]

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How to make memorial donations

July 6th, 2017 Melissa Koop

One of the ways to honor someone who has passed away is to make a donation in their memory. Not only does this honor the deceased’s life, it also helps create a legacy for that individual in the future. But what’s the best way to go about this? And how can you ensure the money […]

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A note from Charlie – the communities we serve

July 6th, 2017 Charlie Funk

There has been a plethora of recent articles in the Wall Street Journal that articulate the challenges that face small town America. One of these articles had as its dateline, “Mahaska County, Iowa” and chronicled the difficulty that community faces in retaining its high school graduates after their college years. It also spoke to the difficulties of […]

Wealth Management eNewsletter

Wealth Management Monthly eNewsletter (Jun. 2017)

June 30th, 2017 madmin

In this month’s Wealth Management eNewsletter, we focus on how life insurance should be part of your overall estate plan and a brief market update. 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 and more. Each […]

eBook: Your guide to investing

June 22nd, 2017 madmin

Investing can be a daunting task. While you want your money to work as hard as you do, it can be difficult to determine where to start. Shall you open an IRA account or put all your money in a 401(k) account? What are bonds? How should you adjust your investment strategy as you age? […]

The business of giving

June 8th, 2017 Cathy Rottinghaus

Charitable giving is a business decision many business owners ignore; until the “ask” letters start piling up. Supporting causes in your local community may bring in sales, solidify relationships, impact employee morale and increase awareness of your business in the market. When your heart tells you to give, don’t just impulsively sign a donation check. […]

Clearing up myths about credit scores

June 8th, 2017 Ana Maria Senica

So what exactly is a credit score? What’s it used for? Do I have one? Do I need one? You may have lots of questions about your credit score, and that’s common. Credit scores are very complicated and there are many myths surrounding them. But they’re very important for your future and gaining a better […]

A note from Charlie: Our partnership with Alexandar Elementary School

June 8th, 2017 Charlie Funk

Alexander Elementary School is a beautifully constructed building on a nice parcel of land in Southeast Iowa City. It opened in 2015 with a new staff and a large student body that includes approximately 70 percent of the student population on the free and reduced lunch program. Within this student population are students who do not […]

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