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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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Do you know your net worth? It’s worth it!

October 5th, 2012 Melissa Koop

It’s always interesting, and helpful, to figure what your net worth is – especially if you just got married. Before you got married, your net worth was just about you. Now, it’s the combination of your net worth and your spouse’s net worth. Calculating your net worth is actually very simple. Basically, you list the […]

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Debt – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

September 28th, 2012 Mark Sandvig

Debt is one of those subjects most people don’t want to talk about…it can be embarrassing and frustrating. The truth is, understanding different kinds of debt is one of the most critical elements in financial success and security. Today, many Americans are in more debt than they planned, or ever expected. The reason is simple: […]

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How to create a safe password for online banking

September 21st, 2012 Allen Schneider

In today’s online world, we all have lots of passwords we have to remember to access everything from social media to online stores to bank accounts. As a result, it can be tempting to use a simple password, or one that you use for other online accounts, for your online banking password. This can be […]

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4 smart ways to pay for college

September 14th, 2012 Cindy Mays

Deciding how to pay for college is a daunting task. One of the most important things to do is start saving as early as possible. Even if you’re only putting away $30 a month, saving money now will pay off when your children are ready to head to college. When trying to decide what plan […]

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eBook: Your guide to buying and financing a home

August 30th, 2012 madmin

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or you’re a seasoned pro, purchasing a house is a big step that can be stressful and overwhelming. First there’s the matter of finding the perfect home for you and your family. And after that, there are countless steps that have to be completed: getting finances in order, setting a […]

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