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Hidden value of HSA accounts

The hidden value of HSA accounts: retirement savings

July 9th, 2015 Mark Sandvig

When you think of tax advantages for retirement, you typically think of an IRA, 401(k) or 403(b). The latest to join the array of retirement savings strategies is a health savings account, or HSA. The first thing to know is that an HSA is designed and to be treated as a way to build savings […]

Endow Iowa

What is the Endow Iowa Tax Credit program?

June 29th, 2015 Cathy Rottinghaus

When making financial decisions for retirement and estate planning, it’s common to consider charitable objectives. Giving through a community foundation to the causes you care about is rewarding – in more ways than one. Planned giving can help reduce a taxable estate or reduce capital gains on a highly appreciated asset. Charitable gifts create a […]

Save money this summer

Tips for saving money in the summer

June 4th, 2015 Jeff Johnson

Yes, it’s that time of year. It’s time for vacations, pool parties, grilling and finding something (ANYTHING!) to occupy your children. There are also more opportunities to lose track of your spending. How can you beat the financial heat? First, you need to take a close look at your summer plans. Are you going to […]

Charlie Funk

A note from Charlie – Mar. 5

March 5th, 2015 Charlie Funk

March 1-7 is National Consumer Protection Week. Identity theft is someone else’s problem. That is, until it happens to you! The following is a practical guide that offers important steps to follow and ways to enlist help from your financial institution: Don’t share your secrets. Don’t provide your Social Security number or account information to anyone who […]

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Signature transactions vs. PIN transactions: What’s the difference?

March 5th, 2015 Sandy Bailey

“Swipe your card.” We hear it in restaurants, gas stations and retail stores. It’s fast. It’s convenient. And, it’s a growing trend. The number of people using check cards is increasing at a very fast rate. In 2012, check card transactions were accountable for purchases reaching over $2 trillion in the United States, and that […]


Online shopping: How to ensure your financial information is safe online

February 26th, 2015 Susan Koehn

Finally! Now, you can purchase a brand new TV, while watching your favorite TV show. If you notice you are almost out of pet food, you can order more vittles with your pet in your lap. When you get hungry, you can order food in 30 seconds, or less, without picking up your phone. You […]

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Exchanging Foreign Currency

February 11th, 2015 Angie Brown

You just took a phenomenal vacation through Europe and came back with some extra euros. Now what do you do with that currency? Maybe you are planning a trip to Japan and would like to exchange some money before you leave. How do you go about acquiring yen? Whether you are buying or selling foreign […]

Charlie Funk

A note from Charlie – Feb. 5

February 5th, 2015 Charlie Funk

It was time for vacation! My wife, Connie, and I had planned to take the week after New Year’s off and visit a warmer climate. With a horrible weather forecast for the Midwest, it seemed like it was going to be the perfect week for vacation. Things did not get off to a smooth start. When we […]


The MidWestOne Academy

February 2nd, 2015 madmin

Have you ever wondered what the information on your credit report means or how your credit score is determined? Do you know the factors that go into establishing your mortgage costs? Have you thought about which savings vehicles are available and which ones are right for you? MidWestOne is proud to present a resource which […]

Your guide to holiday spending

eBook: Your guide to holiday spending

December 16th, 2014 madmin

The holiday season can be a budget-busting time period. After all – with gifts, entertaining, decorations and more, it’s not surprising that many people find it challenging to keep spending in check. In this booklet you’ll find a collection of our most helpful articles about how to keep holiday spending – and debt – in […]

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