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Buying a home: Getting your finances in order

March 2nd, 2012 Carol Wynja

Editors Note – this article is part of our new series “Buying a home.”  In this series we’ll share tips and tricks that will help make the home buying process less confusing and more enjoyable.   Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, or you’re a seasoned pro, purchasing a house is a big step that can […]

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eBook: Managing your family’s finances

February 29th, 2012 madmin

Managing family finances can be a juggling act that is often confusing and overwhelming. Is it better to pay down debts, or save for college? Is now the time to refinance a home? What’s the best way to plan for retirement? In this booklet you’ll find a collection of our favorite family money management articles […]

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How to organize your financial documents

February 24th, 2012 Teri Keenan

With this year’s tax deadline just around the corner, you’ve probably started to see more and more financial documents arrive in your mailbox. One of the ways to make things easier on yourself when you file your taxes is to have your financial documents already organized. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be a big production. […]

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Social Security Administration enacts 3.6 percent cost-of-living-adjustment

February 17th, 2012 kevinmote

January marked the first time in three years that retirees saw an increase in their Social Security checks. After two years without an inflation adjustment, the Social Security Administration announced late last year that it will make a 3.6 percent cost-of-living-adjustment to Social Security benefits and SSI payments. You should see this increase in your […]

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Best financial advice I’ve ever received: Sue Evans

February 10th, 2012 Sue Evans

Editors Note – this article is the first in our new 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 financial advice I’ve ever […]

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How to reduce debt the smart way

February 6th, 2012 Kim Ross

Being in debt is a problem many people deal with. It is often caused by circumstances beyond our control, such as a job loss, health problems or marital break up, or it can be something that builds up gradually due to a general shortfall between what we spend and what we earn. In addition, the […]

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10 early tax filing tips to save time and money

February 2nd, 2012 Jeff Johnson

Tax season has arrived. Although April 17*, this year’s tax return filing deadline, may seem like a long time from now, it’s not too early to get started. You can easily cut down the number of hours you spend preparing your taxes by starting early and tackling your taxes in bite-size chunks. Here are 10 […]

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Saving – a little goes a long way

January 20th, 2012 Adam McLaughlin

Finding ways to save can be a challenge – especially in today’s economic climate.  While all of us have good intentions, it can often seem like there’s little left after paying the bills, mortgage and other obligations. But the important thing to remember is that saving a little over time can really add up. Whether […]

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5 tips for managing holiday debt

January 9th, 2012 Mike Finlayson

With another holiday season in the books, many people end up with more debt than they would like. January is a good time to think about ways to manage debt and make resolutions to achieve financial stability. We’ve pulled together 5 tips to help you get started: Assess your debt. The first step is to […]

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College prep – have you studied up on 529 plans?

January 2nd, 2012 madmin

This material was prepared for John Evans, LPL Financial Advisor, use. Millions of families turn to 529 college savings plans to strive to meet the mounting costs of college. For most investors, the plans’ main attractions are the potential for federal tax-deferred earnings growth and federal tax-free qualified withdrawals.1 The plans’ aggregate asset limits, which […]

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