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The "Know before you owe" rule is now in effect.

“Know before you owe” home financing rule now in effect

November 13th, 2015 Barry Green

New federal rules took effect last month designed to make it easier for you to know what you’ll owe when you apply for a mortgage. The changes are a result of new federal rules designed to protect homebuyers from misunderstanding the terms of their loans. It stemmed from the realization that many homebuyers weren’t able […]

auto loan

Wheels and Deals: Finding an auto loan that’s good to go

September 25th, 2015 Scott Jamison

Buying a car can be exciting, but don’t lose sight of how you will pay for it. Here are some tips on financing a vehicle with an auto loan. Check your credit. Review your credit reports long before you go to purchase a car. Correcting inaccuracies, such as an erroneous history of late payments, can […]

Is retirement security easier than we think?

Is retirement security easier than we think?

September 18th, 2015 Cindy Roberts

It’s no secret that obtaining retirement security can be a daunting and downright scary task. But is retirement security really as difficult as we think? Some people don’t think so. The National Institute of Retirement Security estimates that on average, households approaching retirement, ages 55 to 64, have only $100,000 in retirement savings and the […]

Power of attorney

What is a Healthcare Power of Attorney and how important is it?

September 4th, 2015 Anna Moyers Stone

Advance Directive.  Healthcare Power of Attorney.  Living Will.  Healthcare Proxy.  What are these documents?  Do you need them?  Do you have them already?  If so, do you know and like what they say? Planning in your life, financial and otherwise, can also mean planning for the event of sudden illness or injury and, in some […]

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 […]

checking card

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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