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3 questions about banking – answered

January 31st, 2014 Kevin Crall

With its countless regulations and slang vocabulary, the financial services industry can sometimes be difficult to understand. In this series, MidWestOne employees will be answering common questions about banking. 1. What is the Federal Reserve, and how does it work? The Federal Reserve – or the “Fed” as many people call it – is the bank […]

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15 ways your banker can help you with your business plan

January 17th, 2014 Chase Stafford

You’ve taken the plunge and decided to start your own business. While this in itself is a momentous decision, as an entrepreneur you will be faced with countless other important decisions in the months and years ahead. What type of corporation should you form? How much money do you need to get started? Shall you […]

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MidWestOne customer spotlight: Yotopia Frozen Yogurt

January 9th, 2014 madmin

In just a few weeks, North Liberty area residents will have the best of both worlds when it comes to dessert options – frozen yogurt and cupcakes. That’s because Yotopia Frozen Yogurt owner Veronica Tessler is teaming up with Molly’s Cupcakes owner Jamie Smith on a one-of-a-kind joint venture in North Liberty at 620 Pacha […]

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A note from Charlie

January 9th, 2014 Charlie Funk

MidWestOne Bank has a rich heritage dating back to its founding in 1934 during the depths of the Great Depression. Our founder, Ben S. Summerwill, started the bank – Iowa State Bank & Trust at that time – with a simple mission statement to “take good care of our customers.”  That mission statement remains in […]

Helping to care for aging parents

January 3rd, 2014 madmin

This material was prepared for John Evans, LPL Financial Advisor, use. Many baby boomers are finding that their aging parents are in need of health care assistance. Luckily, there are many options available today to help your parents grow old gracefully, either in their own home or in a facility, and several ways that you […]

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Can’t make mortgage payments? Now what?

December 27th, 2013 madmin

The prospect of losing your home because you’re having a hard time making your mortgage payment can be terrifying. Maybe you’re having a hard time making ends meet because you or a family member lost their job. Or perhaps there was an unexpected medical expense that is taking a toll on your finances. Whatever the […]

13 money management tips for teenagers

December 20th, 2013 Melissa Koop

Helping your teenagers understand how to have secure and successful financial futures is one of the most rewarding things for you as a parent. By working with your teenagers learn and follow these tips, you’ll give them more experience and confidence in money management. These tips will start them down a better financial road their […]

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7 ways to avoid overspending this holiday season

December 13th, 2013 Cindi Schrock

According to Deloitte’s 2015 Annual Holiday Survey, consumer spending plans have rebounded to the highest levels since 2000. According to the survey, the primary driver is continued improvement in household financial situation. Despite this increase in confidence, the thought of purchasing gifts for family and friends can be daunting for many. That’s because things are […]

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Lease or buy commercial space? Advantages and disadvantages

December 6th, 2013 Chase Stafford

The overall goal of most businesses is to grow and prosper. As your business gets bigger, at some point you may need to expand your space, and choose the best way for your company to accomplish that growth. There are two main approaches: leasing space or purchasing a building. Either method may be a good […]

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How to become the CFO of your life

November 22nd, 2013 Carol Petersen

Why is it so hard for some of us to manage our finances? Perhaps, if we started thinking of ourselves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of our household, we would begin looking at money management as more of a challenge than an obligation. Pretend for a moment that your household is a business. Is […]

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