Archive for February, 2014

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5 fail-safe ways to grow your savings

February 28th, 2014 Kara Sabo

Like dieting and exercising, saving money is one of those things that all of us know we should be doing, but often don’t. With everyday expenses, future priorities like college and retirement savings quickly fall off the radar because they simply seem less important. In a recent article on CNN Money, Sendhil Mullainathan, a professor […]

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10 timely tax time tips

February 14th, 2014 Jeff Burkhart

The income tax filing season has begun, and important tax documents should be arriving in your mailbox. Although your return is not due until April 15, you can make tax time easier on yourself with an early start. Here are 10 tips to help ensure a smooth tax-filing process. 1. Create a system for organizing […]

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MidWestOne customer spotlight: Sidecar Coffee

February 6th, 2014 madmin

For Andy Fuchtman it’s still hard to believe that the simple question “Do you like coffee?” has completely changed his life. That’s what Brent Dahlstrom asked him in late 2012 when he was looking for a partner to launch a coffee shop on College Hill in Cedar Falls. After months of planning, the idea came to […]

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A note from Charlie

February 6th, 2014 Charlie Funk

Sometime during my first job in banking in the early 1980s, my wise boss offered me a piece of good advice. He said that everyone (repeat: “everyone”) should have at least three months of their salary sitting in a savings account for emergency purposes. He went on to say that “I prefer six months, but […]