Archive for May, 2014

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Advice for giving allowances to your kids

May 30th, 2014 Cindy Roberts

One of the greatest ways to teach your kids the basics of money management is an allowance. There are lots of different ways you can approach allowances. Ultimately, your best choice is what works best for your kids and your family. In this article, we share some approaches that have worked well for many parents, […]

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How to get the most out of your relationship with your banker

May 16th, 2014 Steve Hicks

A good bank can prove to be an invaluable ally to a small business, not only by helping its owner borrow capital, but also working with him or her to plan for the future and assure potential customers of the business’s stability and credibility. But just like so many other things in business, when it […]

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A note from Charlie – May 8

May 8th, 2014 Charlie Funk

Have you noticed what’s going on in the housing market these past few months? Despite the onset of spring and historically low interest rates, the most recent numbers are not pretty. The most recent report on mortgage applications fell to its lowest level since 2004. And the numbers on mortgage loans originated tells an even bleaker story as […]

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MidWestOne Customer Spotlight: Sculpt

May 8th, 2014 madmin

Sculpt’s story began in a social media marketing class at the University Of Iowa Tippie College Of Business when three students were paired up for a class project. The students – Josh Krakauer, John Doessel and Micah Kulish – were tasked with consulting local business owners about the ins and outs of social media marketing. […]

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Social Security and you: what does the future hold?

May 2nd, 2014 madmin

This material was prepared for Dick Ockerlander, LPL Financial Advisor, use. If you’re counting on Social Security to provide you with a secure retirement, think again. Social Security benefits only account for less than half of today’s retirees’ income. Longer life expectancies and the aging of the population will put an increasing burden on the […]