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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 […]

Are you using technology to simplify your life?

September 20th, 2013 Melissa Payne

While the amount of technology in our daily lives can be overwhelming at times, it can also have a dramatic impact on our productivity levels. When you use technology to simplify your life, you are not just making things easier you’re also making yourself more efficient and productive. Financial institutions across the country have made […]

7 tips to help you have the money talk with your aging parents

September 6th, 2013 Kathy Cohea

Talking about financial matters is never an easy thing. And for many people, things tend to get particularly challenging when it comes time to have the money talk with aging parents. Whether it’s the fear of facing death, an ongoing taboo that revolves around discussing finances or other family matters, many people avoid talking about […]

Do your homework before you buy a home

August 23rd, 2013 madmin

Wouldn’t it be great if purchasing a home would be as easy as going shopping at a grocery store? All the products are on display in the same aisle, and if you aren’t satisfied with your choice you can just return it. Unfortunately – the process of buying a home is anything but simple. What’s […]

3 benefits of paying off your mortgage slowly

July 5th, 2013 Carol Wynja

If you’re like most Americans, you probably made a big down payment on your home and are making extra principal payments from time to time in order to pay off your mortgage faster. After all – owning your home outright is the smart thing to do, right? The answer to this question – and to […]

6 ways to financially prepare for your own death

June 14th, 2013 Kevin Mote

Although thinking about your own death can seem morbid at times, it’s a good idea to put plans in place to become more financially prepared. After all – if you don’t plan for your own death, someone else will have to do it for you when you are gone. More often than not, this role […]

USDA guaranteed loan program can help with mortgage financing in rural areas

April 26th, 2013 John J. Garcia

If you are house hunting and considering purchasing a home in a rural area, be sure to talk to your mortgage officer about the USDA Rural Development Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan program. As part of the program, the USDA partners with approved lenders, such as MidWestOne Bank, extend 100 percent financing opportunities to eligible […]

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