Most popular blog articles of 2016

January 12th, 2017 madmin
Shredding financial documents

It’s the beginning of a new year and everyone is filled with good intentions. As you make resolutions about your personal relationships and your health, don’t forget about your finances. January is the perfect time to complete those money management tasks you’ve been pushing off for 12 months.

We’ve pulled together the most popular money management articles from 2016 in a convenient list below. They’ll help you fight identity theft, educate your kids about money and save money – among other things. Enjoy!

How to make memorial donations

One of the ways to honor someone who has passed away is to make a donation in their memory. But what’s the best way to go about this? And how can you ensure the money you donate will be used the way you’ve intended it to? We’ve put together a list of things you should consider before making memorial donations…

Cleaning up your filing cabinet – what to shred and what to keep

If you’re like most people, it’s not unlikely that your filing cabinet is bursting from the seams. The financial services industry generates a lot of paper and it’s easy to fall into a pattern where you simply file everything away upon receipt. Start the new year off on the right foot by reviewing the documents in your filing cabinet and shredding the ones you don’t need to keep. Learn more…

Warning signs of identity theft

With the near constant changes in technology, identity theft is constantly evolving. All that’s needed by a hacker is your social security number to drain your bank account, open a credit card or get medical treatments under your name and insurance. Thieves can even give your name to the police during an arrest. ID theft can take many forms. Some of the most common include…

13 money management tips for teenagers

Helping your teenagers understand how to have secure and successful financial futures is one of the most rewarding things for you as a parent. By working with your teenagers to learn and follow these tips, you’ll give them more experience and confidence in money management. These tips will start them down a better financial road their whole life…

Three identity theft tools to know: fraud alerts, credit freezes and ID theft reports

Identity theft can happen to anyone, and it can feel scary, frustrating and overwhelming. When it does happen, you can regain control by taking certain steps. We’ll help you understand fraud alerts, credit freezes and identity theft reports – how to create them and why they’re important…

What is Iowa’s Title Guaranty program and how does it work?

Currently, Iowa is the only state remaining in the U.S. that guarantees its titles. You may be thinking, that sounds great, but I still don’t understand what any of it means. What’s a title? What’s a guarantee? How does it benefit me? We’ve outlined the basics of Iowa’s Title Guaranty program, and why it is beneficial for many Iowa home buyers…

How to save money on closing costs

When you’re buying a house, costs can add up quickly. Thankfully there are things you can do to lessen the financial burden before you close. Here’s a list of things you should do before you sign on the dotted line(s) to potentially save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in the long run. Keep reading…

What is Popmoney and how does it work?

Move over, cash – there’s a new payment method in town. If you really want to pay your friends back for group lunch, use an app to send money to their mobile-phone number or email address. MidWestOne started offering a peer-to-peer payment system called Popmoney® recently – one of the many digital payment options available in the marketplace right now…

Raising responsible money managers – our favorite articles about kids and money

By being candid, setting a good example and consistently talking about how money shapes your daily lives, you can help your child understand the world of finance and become comfortable in it. As bankers we often help parents introduce their children to the world of banking and money management. Here are a few of our favorite articles that pertain to kids and money…

3 questions about banking – answered

With its countless regulations and slang vocabulary, the financial services industry can sometimes be difficult to understand. In this series, MidWestOne employees will be answering common questions about banking. Keep reading…

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