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How to make memorial donations

October 11th, 2013 Traci Aswegen

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 […]

Are you using technology to simplify your life?

September 20th, 2013 Melissa Payne

While the amount of technology in our daily lives can be overwhelming at times, it can also have a dramatic impact on our productivity levels. When you use technology to simplify your life, you are not just making things easier you’re also making yourself more efficient and productive. Financial institutions across the country have made […]

Do your homework before you buy a home

August 23rd, 2013 madmin

Wouldn’t it be great if purchasing a home would be as easy as going shopping at a grocery store? All the products are on display in the same aisle, and if you aren’t satisfied with your choice you can just return it. Unfortunately – the process of buying a home is anything but simple. What’s […]

Top 10 personal finance tips for college students

August 9th, 2013 Sue Armbrecht

As a college student, you are well-versed in GPAs and test scores. Managing finances, however, is a whole other matter. We’ve put together these top 10 tips to give you an edge on mastering personal finance. 1. You are in charge. You are responsible for your finances, and you should act accordingly by creating a […]

3 benefits of paying off your mortgage slowly

July 5th, 2013 Carol Wynja

If you’re like most Americans, you probably made a big down payment on your home and are making extra principal payments from time to time in order to pay off your mortgage faster. After all – owning your home outright is the smart thing to do, right? The answer to this question – and to […]

Don’t make these post-graduation money mistakes

June 28th, 2013 Kathy Cohea

Graduating from college and starting your life in the “real world” can be a scary venture – your friends aren’t living across the hall from you anymore and you’re probably starting your first professional job. On top of that you’ve likely got some college loans looming on the horizon, your parents may be less willing […]

eBook: Your guide to investing

May 15th, 2013 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? […]

The basics of an IRA – don’t lose out on these tax savings

May 3rd, 2013 madmin

This material was prepared for Dirk Ockerlander, LPL Financial Advisor, use. IRAs – or Individual Retirement Accounts – are essentially savings accounts with big tax breaks. This makes them an ideal tool to build your nest egg for your retirement. Unlike 401(k)s, which are accounts that are offered to you by your employer, the most […]

USDA guaranteed loan program can help with mortgage financing in rural areas

April 26th, 2013 John J. Garcia

If you are house hunting and considering purchasing a home in a rural area, be sure to talk to your mortgage officer about the USDA Rural Development Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan program. As part of the program, the USDA partners with approved lenders, such as MidWestOne Bank, extend 100 percent financing opportunities to eligible […]

Best financial advice ever received: Barb Finney

March 22nd, 2013 Barb Finney

Editor’s 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’ve ever […]

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