Archive for the ‘On Your Own’ Category

Managing finances while a family member is enlisted or overseas

November 9th, 2017 Mike Finlayson

November is Military Family Month, and as we show appreciation for the sacrifices those in the military make, it’s important not to forget the unique challenges they face, such as serving overseas or being deployed in conflict zones. Those challenges also impact the service members’ ability to effectively manage their finances while also dealing with […]

Get Smart About Credit Day is Oct. 19 – here are three key takeaways

October 12th, 2017 Cindy Roberts

National Get Smart About Credit Day is Oct. 19, and we hope you take the opportunity to review your credit report and take action, if needed. Get Smart About Credit Day was launched in 2003 by the American Bankers Association Education Foundation as a way to help educate young adults about the importance of their […]

Common questions about home loan rates and fees

October 4th, 2017 Kerri Higgins

Buying your first home will likely be one of the biggest purchases you’ve ever made. It’s a big step both financially and emotionally and it can quickly become an overwhelming experience. We’re hoping to make the process less stressful for you by sharing our experience! In this article, we’re taking a closer look at mortgage […]

Keep your eyes open for these warning signs of elder financial abuse

August 10th, 2017 Cindi Schrock

Unfortunately elder financial abuse is increasingly becoming a problem we all need to be aware of. Nearly 1 in 5 Americans over 65 say they have been a victim of financial exploitation, according to a poll released by the nonprofit Investor Protection Trust. What’s worse, these numbers are expected to get worse as the boomer […]

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How to make memorial donations

July 6th, 2017 Melissa Koop

One of the ways to honor someone who has passed away is to make a donation in their memory. Not only does this honor the deceased’s life, it also helps create a legacy for that individual in the future. But what’s the best way to go about this? And how can you ensure the money […]

eBook: Your guide to investing

June 22nd, 2017 madmin

Investing can be a daunting task. While you want your money to work as hard as you do, it can be difficult to determine where to start. Shall you open an IRA account or put all your money in a 401(k) account? What are bonds? How should you adjust your investment strategy as you age? […]

Clearing up myths about credit scores

June 8th, 2017 Ana Maria Senica

So what exactly is a credit score? What’s it used for? Do I have one? Do I need one? You may have lots of questions about your credit score, and that’s common. Credit scores are very complicated and there are many myths surrounding them. But they’re very important for your future and gaining a better […]

Are you telling yourself these money lies?

March 1st, 2017 Kathy Swenson

Sometimes we’re our own worst enemy. It’s not different when it comes to our personal finances. When we want to make ourselves feel better about our finances, we often tell ourselves little lies to make it seem better than it actually is. The trouble is – if we do it too much, we may end […]

Our best money management tips for young professionals

February 21st, 2017 madmin

As a young professional, you are confronted every day with new experiences. Managing your personal finances is just one of these many challenges. What exactly is a 401(k)? What’s the smart way to pay off college loans? How can I start to save? What is my credit score, and why does it matter? In this […]

Shredding financial documents

Most popular blog articles of 2016

January 12th, 2017 madmin

It’s the beginning of a new year and everyone is filled with good intentions. As you make resolutions about your personal relationships and your health, don’t forget about your finances. January is the perfect time to complete those money management tasks you’ve been pushing off for 12 months. We’ve pulled together the most popular money […]

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