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What are IFA loans and how do they work?

November 9th, 2012 Barry Green

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, or a seasoned pro, don’t finalize your home financing until you’ve considered Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) loans. If you qualify, it could result in substantial savings for you! What is the IFA? The IFA was formed in 1975 to help low- and moderate-income Iowans attain housing. Since then, IFA’s role […]

5 great financial habits that pay off

October 26th, 2012 Teri Keenan

When it comes to money and finances, we all develop habits. Unfortunately, we often develop habits that aren’t financially sound – spending lots of money, impulse shopping, over-using credit cards, not saving, and many others. To avoid getting locked in to bad habits, it’s a lot better to set-up some good habits and stick to […]

Have you set your financial objectives?

October 19th, 2012 Kevin Crall

Setting financial objectives for you and your spouse is an important part of planning for the future as a newly married couple. Goals are critical to financial success and are a fundamental part of the financial planning process. After all, if you don’t have goals and objectives, what is the point of financial planning in […]

Do you know your net worth? It’s worth it!

October 5th, 2012 Melissa Koop

It’s always interesting, and helpful, to figure what your net worth is – especially if you just got married. Before you got married, your net worth was just about you. Now, it’s the combination of your net worth and your spouse’s net worth. Calculating your net worth is actually very simple. Basically, you list the […]

How to create a safe password for online banking

September 21st, 2012 Allen Schneider

In today’s online world, we all have lots of passwords we have to remember to access everything from social media to online stores to bank accounts. As a result, it can be tempting to use a simple password, or one that you use for other online accounts, for your online banking password. This can be […]

saving money on closing costs

eBook: Your guide to buying and financing a home

August 30th, 2012 madmin

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or you’re a seasoned pro, purchasing a house is a big step that can be stressful and overwhelming. First there’s the matter of finding the perfect home for you and your family. And after that, there are countless steps that have to be completed: getting finances in order, setting a […]

25 tips to stretch your dollar

August 24th, 2012 Carol Petersen

After paying your bills, car insurance, groceries and putting away money for your retirement fund, there is often very little money left, making it even more important to save every dollar possible. If you find yourself pinching pennies and finances are tight, don’t despair. There are a number of easy ways to stretch the dollar […]

Jim Cantrell

Best financial advice ever received: Jim Cantrell

August 17th, 2012 Jim Cantrell

Editors Note – this article is part of our 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 piece of financial advice I ever […]

6 financial goals to reach before you turn 30

August 3rd, 2012 Barb Finney

Are you turning 30 soon? Aside from personal goals, it’s important to establish financials goals to reach before the big three-O. Getting a firm grip on these financial goals before you turn 30 will make you more financially prepared for the bigger challenges in life that await you in your next decade. 1. Pay off […]

Charlie Funk

Best financial advice I’ve ever received: Charlie Funk

July 27th, 2012 Charlie Funk

Editors Note – this article is part of our 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. I’ve received many financial tips in my life, […]

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