Charlie Funk

A note from Charlie – Sept. 4

September 4th, 2014 Charlie Funk

One of the side-effects of being a banker is that people frequently ask you for financial advice. From questions about investing money to how to best save for college – these are questions I’ve heard numerous times throughout my banking career. Truth be told, it’s one of my favorite things about being in this industry! […]

Business HSA account

Save money without skimping on benefits with HSAs

August 27th, 2014 Melissa Koop

The rise in health insurance cost is not slowing down. Annual premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage reached $16,351 in 2013, up 4 percent from 2012, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) 2013 Employer Health Benefits Survey. Since 2003, premiums have increased 80 percent, nearly three times as fast as wages […]

Personal HSA accounts

Is a Health Savings Account right for you?

August 27th, 2014 Melissa Koop

To save money on health insurance costs, many companies are increasingly offering high-deductible health insurance plans to their employees.  If you work for a company that has taken this approach, a health savings account is a very effective tool to cover medical expenses and save for the future. What is a health savings account? Health […]

small business owner

4 steps to successfully managing your business’ credit

August 15th, 2014 Chase Stafford

Just like your personal credit history, your business also acquires a credit history based on the transactions made and the loans repaid. Information about these credit transactions is gathered by business credit bureaus to create your business credit report using your business name, address and federal tax identification number (FIN), also known as an employer […]

MidWestOne customer spotlight: Z’Mariks Noodle Café

August 6th, 2014 madmin

Z’Mariks Noodle Café opened its doors in 2002 in Iowa City, Iowa. Owners Dave and Ellie Allen began with a vision of creating a dining destination that united fresh food with fast service at an affordable price. Z’Mariks has grown its business to several locations in central Iowa and last year franchised its first location […]

Charlie Funk

A note from Charlie – Aug. 7

August 6th, 2014 Charlie Funk

Welcome to August and, of course, back to school season. This time of year should be a timely reminder for parents and grandparents to think about how well we save for education. According to the study How America Saves for College, 25 percent of families don’t save for college because they believe the student will […]

online banking

There’s more to Online Bill Pay than just paying bills

July 29th, 2014 Melissa Payne

While most people have become accustomed to online banking and the benefits it can offer, there are additional – lesser known – features on the platform that can help make financial transactions easier. MidWestOne’s online banking and online bill pay platforms give you immediate access to your financial information and allow you to monitor accounts, […]

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4 benefits of using a Business Check Card for your business

July 25th, 2014 Renee Smith-LaBarge

When it comes to selecting banking cards for a business, many entrepreneurs tend to gravitate towards checks or credit cards. When used wisely, credit cards and checks can be convenient uses of payment for businesses. However, business Check Cards – also known as debit cards – offer many advantages to  business owners. Check Cards, like MidWestOne’s […]

paying bills

Is auto-pay the best way to pay your bills?

July 25th, 2014 Kara Sabo

With the numerous invoices and bills that arrive in your inbox or mail box every month, it can get quite time-consuming to pay these bills – whether it’s from bank accounts, debit cards or credit cards. Automatic bill payments can be a tempting time-saver that is convenient and ensures bills are paid on time. But […]

Charlie Funk

A note from Charlie – July 10

July 10th, 2014 Charlie Funk

This month, it is a little bit about a lot of things … Whether it’s retirement or  a college education or for something else, many Americans have a tough time saving for significant future events. If your employer offers a 401k and matches a portion of your contribution, do everything you can to save at least […]

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