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Is it time to put Santa on a budget?

December 14th, 2012 Angie Brown

It’s that time of year again – malls all over the country are busting at the seams and wish lists from children and family members are slowly starting to make an appearance. If you dread this time of year for what it does to your bank account, you’re not alone. Holiday spending can easily get […]

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Retiring? Take control of your assets

December 7th, 2012 Allan Walz

This material was prepared for Allan Walz, LPL Financial Advisor, use. After years of saving and investing, you can finally see the big day – retirement. But before kicking back, you still need to address a few matters. Decisions made now could make the difference between your money outlasting you or vice versa. Calculating your […]

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5 red flags to watch for as an empty nester

November 30th, 2012 Mary Schmidt

Becoming an empty nester is a major change in your life – and your lifestyle. As your children move away from home, head off to college, and start their own adult lives, it can have many positive financial affects on you – less expenses, more disposable income, higher savings and higher income. But it’s also […]

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5 common myths about mortgages

November 23rd, 2012 madmin

With something as complex as mortgages, it’s not surprising there are numerous myths surrounding this financing tool. Separate the fact from fiction by reviewing our list of 5 common myths and misconceptions about mortgages: Myth #1: If you’re over 60 years old, you can’t get a 30-year mortgage This is a very common misconception, and […]

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Best financial advice ever received: Kent Jehle

November 16th, 2012 Kent Jehle

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. The best piece of financial advice I ever […]

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What are IFA loans and how do they work?

November 9th, 2012 Samantha Manka

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, or a seasoned pro, don’t finalize your home financing until you’ve considered Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) loans. If you qualify, it could result in substantial savings for you! What is the IFA? The IFA was formed in 1975 to help low- and moderate-income Iowans attain housing. Since then, IFA’s role […]

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Take some “interest” in comparing credit cards

November 2nd, 2012 madmin

As you grow up and head out to the real world, the more you’ll be responsible for making very important financial decisions. One of the most important is choosing the right credit card. There are literally thousands of different credit cards, from different companies, with different rates, and different fees. As a result, it’s really […]

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5 great financial habits that pay off

October 26th, 2012 Teri Keenan

When it comes to money and finances, we all develop habits. Unfortunately, we often develop habits that aren’t financially sound – spending lots of money, impulse shopping, over-using credit cards, not saving, and many others. To avoid getting locked in to bad habits, it’s a lot better to set-up some good habits and stick to […]

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Have you set your financial objectives?

October 19th, 2012 Kevin Crall

Setting financial objectives for you and your spouse is an important part of planning for the future as a newly married couple. Goals are critical to financial success and are a fundamental part of the financial planning process. After all, if you don’t have goals and objectives, what is the point of financial planning in […]

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Applying for your first loan

October 12th, 2012 Susan Koehn

Applying for your first loan can be an overwhelming and sometimes confusing process. In fact, there are a number of things you should do before you even start the process of applying for a loan. First, build your credit. The number one hurdle a young person will come across is not having established credit. A […]

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