6 smart reasons to switch to online check deposits

January 29th, 2013 Chase Stafford

Two of the most challenging – and often most frustrating – issues small businesses and entrepreneurs face in today’s world are cash flow and busy schedules. Daily trips to the bank to deposit checks are routine and time-eating tasks for most small business owners. Here’s the good news! Now more banks are offering a highly […]

Check out this great advice on credit checks!

January 28th, 2013 Holly Hankins

Here’s something financially smart to know. When a lot of people move away from home – and start living on their own – they also tend to apply for credit cards, loans for cars and other things. But what you might not know is that just applying for credit can have a powerful effect on […]

Are you planning for your parents’ financial future?

January 16th, 2013 Todd Means

Are your aging parents prepared for their future financially? If you don’t know, you’re not alone. Most people haven’t talked to their parents about their retirement resources. You might be wondering if this is really any of your business. But the reality is that it may become your business if your parents need financial assistance […]

5 strategies to save money for a home down payment

January 10th, 2013 Hillary Elling

Newly married couples need to prepare for the large expenses ahead, including those associated with the home buying process. This is most often their first home buying experience, making it important to understand the expected – as well as unexpected – expenses of home buying, including the first step: saving for a home down payment. […]

Best financial advice ever received: Steve Hicks

January 4th, 2013 Steve Hicks

Editors 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 financial advice I ever received has […]

7 tips for teaching kids to save

December 28th, 2012 Carol Petersen

One of the best financial lessons you can ever teach your kids is how to save money. Once kids become fans of saving money, and learn how to do it, they’re taking a valuable step forward in building a great financial future. And as a parent, one of the most satisfying things in life is […]

5 credit card no-no’s during the holiday season

December 21st, 2012 Kathy Cohea

Ho-ho-ho!  It’s the holiday season when we all tend to spend more money. The truth is, buying gifts, decorations and food for holiday gatherings can be a wonderful, joyful experience. The important thing, though, is to make sure you spend your money wisely, and don’t create a huge financial hole you and your family have […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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