Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

How to select a financial planner

November 4th, 2011 Ron Haines

Working with a financial planner can be a helpful step in securing your financial future. This is especially true because the financial world can quickly become overwhelming – especially for individuals who don’t work in the financial sector and aren’t familiar with some of the complexities. Why not take the help from someone who has […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to protect yourself from debit card fraud

August 29th, 2011 Todd Means

The majority of us use debit cards many times a day – from ATM machines to point of sale terminals to accessing your bank account. This proliferation of use has lead to an increase in debit card fraud. And while you may not have control over phishers or other thieves, there are numerous things you […]

How to save money on back-to-school shopping

August 19th, 2011 Kim Ross

To your kids, shopping for new clothes, gear and school supplies may be the only good thing about going back to school, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune every year. Start your back-to-school shopping with a game plan to save money and make your life easier. Here are 9 tips to […]

5 common budget busters and how to overcome them

August 15th, 2011 madmin

This material was prepared for Mike Roozeboom, LPL Financial Advisor, use. Many families make sincere attempts to set a household budget to more successfully manage their personal finances.  Unfortunately, often times these attempts fail. If you feel like there’s always something that ruins your budget, you may be making one or more of these common […]

How safe are you online?

August 11th, 2011 madmin

Online banking makes managing money convenient for millions of American households. With a few clicks of a mouse, you can check deposits and pay bills, which helps save you time and gives you more control over your finances. MidWestOne Bank uses a combination of safeguards to protect your information online. These efforts include employee training, […]

Are you financially prepared for the unexpected – three tips you can’t afford to live without

July 18th, 2011 Jeff Burkhart

Emergencies can happen at any time – there’s simply no way around it. You lose your job. Your spouse falls ill. Or a loved one passes away. And while disasters – thankfully – don’t occur very frequently, it’s critical to make it a priority to prepare for the unexpected.  After all, it could be the […]

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