Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

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 […]

Paying student loans vs. saving for retirement

February 17th, 2015 Mark Sandvig

What should you do? Pay off your student loans so you can feel like you’ve successfully escaped a large financial boulder from crushing you? Or, use a portion of your paycheck to live more comfortably, many years from now? Either way, you’re putting your money towards something you cannot see. You see money going out, […]

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Exchanging Foreign Currency

February 11th, 2015 Angie Brown

You just took a phenomenal vacation through Europe and came back with some extra euros. Now what do you do with that currency? Maybe you are planning a trip to Japan and would like to exchange some money before you leave. How do you go about acquiring yen? Whether you are buying or selling foreign […]

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A note from Charlie – Feb. 5

February 5th, 2015 Charlie Funk

It was time for vacation! My wife, Connie, and I had planned to take the week after New Year’s off and visit a warmer climate. With a horrible weather forecast for the Midwest, it seemed like it was going to be the perfect week for vacation. Things did not get off to a smooth start. When we […]

The MidWestOne Academy

February 2nd, 2015 madmin

Have you ever wondered what the information on your credit report means or how your credit score is determined? Do you know the factors that go into establishing your mortgage costs? Have you thought about which savings vehicles are available and which ones are right for you? MidWestOne is proud to present a resource which […]

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How to help your child establish a credit history

January 2nd, 2015 Melissa Payne

These days, our economy is increasingly run on credit. If you want to get a mortgage, student loan or just want to put your dinner on a credit card, a solid credit history is needed. That’s why it’s so important to help your child establish a good financial foundation as soon as they turn 18 […]

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What is the difference between a charge card and a credit card?

December 19th, 2014 Scott Jamison

Many people use the terms “charge card” and “credit card” interchangeably, but the truth is the two are quite different. With their own set of costs and limitations, it is important to differentiate between both types of cards. Before you apply for your next card, whether it is a charge card or a credit card, […]

Your guide to holiday spending

eBook: Your guide to holiday spending

December 16th, 2014 madmin

The holiday season can be a budget-busting time period. After all – with gifts, entertaining, decorations and more, it’s not surprising that many people find it challenging to keep spending in check. In this booklet you’ll find a collection of our most helpful articles about how to keep holiday spending – and debt – in […]

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Spend smart this holiday season

December 12th, 2014 madmin

The holiday season can be a budget-busting time period. After all – with gifts, entertaining, decorations and more, it’s not surprising that many people find it challenging to keep spending in check. To help you end the year on solid financial footing, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite holiday spending articles. Enjoy! 7 ways […]

Tips for lending money to friends and family

October 31st, 2014 Scott Jamison

Lending money to family or friends can be difficult. While you want to help out loved ones, you’re worried about what type of impact this loan would have on your relationship and whether you’ll ever see the money again. While most financial advisors suggest only lending to family members or friends as a last resort, […]

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