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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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3 questions about banking – answered

January 31st, 2014 Kevin Crall

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. 1. What is the Federal Reserve, and how does it work? The Federal Reserve – or the “Fed” as many people call it – is the bank […]

Helping to care for aging parents

January 3rd, 2014 madmin

This material was prepared for John Evans, LPL Financial Advisor, use. Many baby boomers are finding that their aging parents are in need of health care assistance. Luckily, there are many options available today to help your parents grow old gracefully, either in their own home or in a facility, and several ways that you […]

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Can’t make mortgage payments? Now what?

December 27th, 2013 madmin

The prospect of losing your home because you’re having a hard time making your mortgage payment can be terrifying. Maybe you’re having a hard time making ends meet because you or a family member lost their job. Or perhaps there was an unexpected medical expense that is taking a toll on your finances. Whatever the […]

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7 ways to avoid overspending this holiday season

December 13th, 2013 Cindi Schrock

According to Deloitte’s 2015 Annual Holiday Survey, consumer spending plans have rebounded to the highest levels since 2000. According to the survey, the primary driver is continued improvement in household financial situation. Despite this increase in confidence, the thought of purchasing gifts for family and friends can be daunting for many. That’s because things are […]

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How to become the CFO of your life

November 22nd, 2013 Carol Petersen

Why is it so hard for some of us to manage our finances? Perhaps, if we started thinking of ourselves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of our household, we would begin looking at money management as more of a challenge than an obligation. Pretend for a moment that your household is a business. Is […]

Are you helping to manage someone else’s money? Download these CFPB guides!

November 15th, 2013 John Chadima

Millions of Americans are managing money or property for a loved one who is unable to pay bills or make financial decisions. This can be very overwhelming. But, it’s also a great opportunity to help someone you care about, and protect them from scams and fraud. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently released four […]

Steps to take if you are a victim of identity fraud

November 1st, 2013 Philip Bohle

Discovering that your identity has been stolen is a scary prospect that can leave many people unsure of what to do next. Take charge of the situation and take the following steps as soon as possible: 1. Call your bank and credit card issuers immediately so they can close your accounts. Whether your wallet has […]

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How to protect your identity while traveling

October 25th, 2013 Tina Hummel

While you may go on vacation to get away from it all, identity thieves won’t take a break. Whether you’re traveling domestically or internationally, it’s important to take a few steps before you leave to protect your identity. Inform your bank of your trip. At least three days before leaving contact your financial institution to […]

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How to make memorial donations

October 11th, 2013 Traci Aswegen

One of the ways to honor someone who has passed away is to make a donation in their memory. Not only does this honor the deceased’s life, it also helps create a legacy for that individual in the future. But what’s the best way to go about this? And how can you ensure the money […]

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