Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

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Protect your assets with a trust

March 14th, 2014 madmin

A trust is a legal entity that is central to a three-part agreement in which an individual — the trust’s “grantor” — transfers the legal title to an asset to that trust for the purpose of benefiting one or more beneficiaries. The trust is managed by one or more trustees. Trusts may be revocable or […]

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5 fail-safe ways to grow your savings

February 28th, 2014 Kara Sabo

Like dieting and exercising, saving money is one of those things that all of us know we should be doing, but often don’t. With everyday expenses, future priorities like college and retirement savings quickly fall off the radar because they simply seem less important. In a recent article on CNN Money, Sendhil Mullainathan, a professor […]

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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 […]

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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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13 money management tips for teenagers

December 20th, 2013 Melissa Koop

Helping your teenagers understand how to have secure and successful financial futures is one of the most rewarding things for you as a parent. By working with your teenagers learn and follow these tips, you’ll give them more experience and confidence in money management. These tips will start them down a better financial road their […]

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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 […]

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Are you familiar with the current top financial scams?

November 8th, 2013 Jen Bailey

Con artists are very persuasive, using all types of excuses, explanations, and offers to lead you – and your money – astray. One of the most effective ways to reduce your chances of falling prey to financial frauds is to educate yourself about scams commonly used. Understanding the types of scams that are out there […]

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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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