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Signature transactions vs. PIN transactions: What’s the difference?

March 5th, 2015 Sandy Bailey

“Swipe your card.” We hear it in restaurants, gas stations and retail stores. It’s fast. It’s convenient. And, it’s a growing trend. The number of people using check cards is increasing at a very fast rate. In 2012, check card transactions were accountable for purchases reaching over $2 trillion in the United States, and that […]

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 […]

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 […]

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6 tips to save for a down payment

November 29th, 2014 Cindi Schrock

Before transitioning from renter to homeowner, prospective buyers must typically save between 5 and 20 percent of the home’s value for the down payment. To help you prepare for one of the first steps in the home buying process, we’ve put together six tips to help you save for a down payment. Tip 1: Develop […]

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Common credit reporting acronyms and terms explained

October 17th, 2014 Angie Brown

Reviewing your credit report is a step in the right direction toward financial stability. A thorough check of your credit history can help you plan for future investments and develop a strategy to establish good credit. However, the alphabet soup present in credit reports can leave many people feeling confused and overwhelmed. To help you […]

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