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Sue Evans

Best financial advice I’ve ever received: Sue Evans

February 10th, 2012 Sue Evans

Editors Note – this article is the first in our new series “Best financial advice I’ve ever received.”  People frequently ask bankers the best piece of advice they have ever gotten. So for this series, we’re asking MidWestOne employees to share the best money management tips they’ve ever gotten. The best financial advice I’ve ever […]

10 early tax filing tips to save time and money

February 2nd, 2012 Jeff Johnson

Tax season has arrived. Although April 17*, this year’s tax return filing deadline, may seem like a long time from now, it’s not too early to get started. You can easily cut down the number of hours you spend preparing your taxes by starting early and tackling your taxes in bite-size chunks. Here are 10 […]

5 tips for managing holiday debt

January 9th, 2012 Mike Finlayson

With another holiday season in the books, many people end up with more debt than they would like. January is a good time to think about ways to manage debt and make resolutions to achieve financial stability. We’ve pulled together 5 tips to help you get started: Assess your debt. The first step is to […]

Are you factoring inflation into your retirement goals?

December 16th, 2011 madmin

This material was prepared for Dick Ockerlander, LPL Financial Advisor, use. Your retirement plan is designed to help you meet two important objectives – beating inflation and pursuing your retirement savings goals. The challenge is finding the right mix to strive for both. Why worry about inflation? Technically defined, inflation is the rising cost of […]

7 tips to manage your holiday spending

November 28th, 2011 Mary Schmidt

The holiday shopping season doesn’t have to leave a permanent mark on your bank account. Kick off the holiday season with some of our tips on how to effectively manage your money while spreading holiday cheer. 1. Estimate holiday expenses and set a budget. Make a list of everyone you have to purchase gifts for, […]

Don’t get lured into a phishing scam – read our 6 tips

November 2nd, 2011 Angie Brown

The American Bankers Association (ABA) has issued a new warning to highlight increases in phishing scams linked to consumer bank accounts. According to reports, perpetrators are using automated dialers, text messages or emails to misinform consumers that their accounts have been closed due to fraud. Consumers are then prompted to enter their card information, including […]

The difference between banks and credit unions

October 31st, 2011 Nick Pfeiffer

Terms like bank and credit union are used interchangeably by most people these days. However, there are some distinct – and significant – differences between these types of financial institutions, including business purpose, ownership and governance. We’ve summarized some of the key differences for you: Banks Banks are by far the most popular financial institutions. […]

9 tips to prevent identity theft

October 17th, 2011 Sue Armbrecht

Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing types of financial fraud. Without even touching your wallet, a thief can steal your financial identity with as little information as your Social Security number. To help raise awareness about this growing issue, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling proclaimed Oct. 16-22 “National Protect Your Identity Week.” To […]

Pay off mortgage early or invest?

October 7th, 2011 Jayne Sandler

As you begin to count down the years (or months) to retirement, you may be one of the many people who wonder if you should just knock off the remainder of your mortgage balance so you can live debt free. This is a question many empty nesters struggle with: Should you pay off your mortgage […]

7 rules for secure online shopping

September 30th, 2011 Mark Sandvig

With the click of the mouse, shoppers can buy nearly any product online – from groceries to cars, from insurance policies to home loans. According to Forrester Research, 60% of U.S. consumers shop online at least once per quarter. And while that percentage continues to grow, there is still widespread concern about the safety of […]

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