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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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Three key considerations when setting your annual withdrawal rate

March 14th, 2013 Tony Lyon

This material was prepared for Tony Lyon, LPL Financial Advisor, use. There are two factors that can determine whether you’ll have a comfortable retirement: The amount of money you’ve saved. How quickly you spend that nest egg after you retire. The rate of annual withdrawals from personal savings and investments will help you determine how […]

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Tips to build strong financial credit for your business

March 5th, 2013 Jesse Gleason

There are many financial issues that are important to your success as a small business owner/entrepreneur. One of them is building a strong credit rating for your business and maintaining it. Here’s the interesting element: business credit scores work differently than personal credit scores. They are not like – and are not used the same […]

Happier, smarter shopping

5 techniques for smarter, happier shopping

February 21st, 2013 Sue Armbrecht

Shopping is something we all do. Some shopping trips are for necessities such as groceries and clothes. Others are for buying life-enhancing things you want – from toys to furniture to electronic devices. No matter what you’re shopping for, though, it’s important – both financially and emotionally – to make smart decisions.  Here are five […]

Building Credit Score

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 […]

Financial Setback Recovery

5 tips for surviving a personal financial setback

February 5th, 2013 Susan Koehn

One of the last things we anticipate in our “Empty Nest” years is having our personal financial world crash down on us. Unfortunately, it can happen. People can lose their jobs, face huge medical costs, have stocks/investments drop significantly and other financial catastrophes. That’s the bad news. Fortunately, there is some good news. There are […]


Best financial advice ever received: Greg Turner

February 1st, 2013 Greg Turner

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. There are three big pieces of financial advice […]

Remote Capture Deposit

6 smart reasons to switch to online check deposits

January 29th, 2013 Chase Stafford

Two of the most challenging – and often most frustrating – issues small businesses and entrepreneurs face in today’s world are cash flow and busy schedules. Daily trips to the bank to deposit checks are routine and time-eating tasks for most small business owners. Here’s the good news! Now more banks are offering a highly […]

Credit Check

Check out this great advice on credit checks!

January 28th, 2013 Holly Hankins

Here’s something financially smart to know. When a lot of people move away from home – and start living on their own – they also tend to apply for credit cards, loans for cars and other things. But what you might not know is that just applying for credit can have a powerful effect on […]

Planning Parents Financial Future

Are you planning for your parents’ financial future?

January 16th, 2013 Todd Means

Are your aging parents prepared for their future financially? If you don’t know, you’re not alone. Most people haven’t talked to their parents about their retirement resources. You might be wondering if this is really any of your business. But the reality is that it may become your business if your parents need financial assistance […]

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