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How safe are you online?

August 11th, 2011 madmin

Online banking makes managing money convenient for millions of American households. With a few clicks of a mouse, you can check deposits and pay bills, which helps save you time and gives you more control over your finances. MidWestOne Bank uses a combination of safeguards to protect your information online. These efforts include employee training, […]

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5 questions to ask when deciding whether to rent or buy a home

August 8th, 2011 Melissa Koop

After saying “I do…” many newlyweds start the home buying process. Owning a home has always been a part of the American Dream and one that many people are willing to work hard for. This year, first-time homebuyers have a lot to consider when making the decision to rent or buy a home:  interest rates […]

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How to tackle college debt

August 4th, 2011 Kim Ross

In the U.S., most college students these days carry more than a heavy class load –they also carry a significant amount of debt. It’s undeniable that a college education in the United States has become increasingly more costly for families and students. The numbers are staggering. The average college student is now around $22,900 in […]

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Can you afford to retire?

July 29th, 2011 madmin

This material was prepared for Kevin Mote, LPL Financial Advisor, use. As an empty nester, there are probably few days that go by where you don’t ask yourself – can I afford to retire? This has, no doubt, been amplified by the economic challenges of the past few years, including vanishing pensions and dwindling 401(k) […]

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4 debt management tips for empty nesters

July 28th, 2011 Jeff Johnson

One of the most important aspects of preparing for retirement is effectively managing your debt. In fact, most financial professionals will tell you that being debt free during retirement is a critical component to successfully living on a fixed income. Being a debt-free retiree makes the money you have worked so hard to save and […]

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How to keep your credit strong

July 22nd, 2011 Mary Schmidt

A solid credit score is a crucial component to a sound financial future. Your score will play a role in your ability to rent an apartment, qualify for a loan, buy a house or even get a job. It can also affect how much you’ll pay on interest charges, insurance and even cell phone contracts. […]

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Are you financially prepared for the unexpected – three tips you can’t afford to live without

July 18th, 2011 Mike Shinn

Emergencies can happen at any time – there’s simply no way around it. You lose your job. Your spouse falls ill. Or a loved one passes away. And while disasters – thankfully – don’t occur very frequently, it’s critical to make it a priority to prepare for the unexpected.  After all, it could be the […]

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5 practical tips to help you save

July 12th, 2011 Melisa Henley

For many people, saving is a lot like being on a diet. You have to commit yourself to making a change in your life, be willing to give some things up and stay away from all the “bad” food – or in this case “bad” spending. Despite this, it doesn’t have to be difficult to […]

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10 tips to help you avoid impulse buying

July 8th, 2011 Margaret Ratcliff

For some of us it’s a hobby, for other’s it’s a way to feel better after a bad day at school or work. Whatever the reason, or root cause, impulse buying is a dangerous habit that can quickly wreak havoc on your bank account and your life. This danger is especially acute if you don’t […]

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Just married? 4 financial implications you can’t afford to ignore

July 6th, 2011 Pam Pothoven

After the party is over and the honeymoon tan has worn off, many newlyweds ask themselves – what exactly are the financial implications of getting married? As a couple, it’s important to understand the monetary implications of “’til death do us part.” After all – while marriage offers many financial benefits, it comes with its […]

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