How to request and review your credit report

September 21st, 2011 Doug Benjamin

Although your credit score only consists of three digits, it’s a complicated and often times exasperating part of your financial life. While it can be challenging to understand exactly how your credit score comes to be, it’s much simpler to request and review your credit report. A credit report is essentially a file on you, […]

Becoming an empty-nester: 6 things you need to consider

September 14th, 2011 Doug Benjamin

As your children become more independent and establish their own families and careers, you’ll find yourself with more time, more money and, more than likely, more space. With retirement just around the corner, the challenge as an empty nester is to put those extra resources to good use. We’ve put together six key action items […]

5 smart money moves for recent college graduates

September 9th, 2011 Sandy Bailey

If you’ve recently graduated from college and started your first job, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed with new financial responsibilities. After all – the prospect of student loans, employer tax forms and budgeting can quickly become overwhelming. Nonetheless, this time in your life is a great opportunity to establish good financial habits. We’ve put together five […]

How to protect yourself from debit card fraud

August 29th, 2011 Todd Means

The majority of us use debit cards many times a day – from ATM machines to point of sale terminals to accessing your bank account. This proliferation of use has lead to an increase in debit card fraud. And while you may not have control over phishers or other thieves, there are numerous things you […]

How to save money on back-to-school shopping

August 19th, 2011 Kim Ross

To your kids, shopping for new clothes, gear and school supplies may be the only good thing about going back to school, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune every year. Start your back-to-school shopping with a game plan to save money and make your life easier. Here are 9 tips to […]

5 common budget busters and how to overcome them

August 15th, 2011 madmin

This material was prepared for Mike Roozeboom, LPL Financial Advisor, use. Many families make sincere attempts to set a household budget to more successfully manage their personal finances.  Unfortunately, often times these attempts fail. If you feel like there’s always something that ruins your budget, you may be making one or more of these common […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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