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Best financial advice ever received: Gary Ortale

July 19th, 2013 Gary Ortale

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. My financial values stem from my parents, who […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Best financial advice ever received: Douglas Benjamin

May 24th, 2013 Doug Benjamin

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 ever […]

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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? […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Best money books for twenty-something’s

March 19th, 2013 madmin

Scouring the finance section at the bookstore can be an overwhelming task. Each book claims to provide the magic formula for accumulating wealth. On top of that, many books are filled with jargon and require previous financial experience to fully understand. To help you pick books that are worthwhile, we asked a group of MidWestOne […]

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The best ways to start your credit score

February 6th, 2013 Sabrina Kurka

One of the “twists” in today’s financial world is that you need to have a good credit score to get a loan…but to establish a credit score, you need to have a credit history! If you don’t have any credit history, then you might not have a credit score, and might not be able to […]

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