From a checking account to a mortgage to planning retirement, there are as many phases of banking as there are in your lifetime! Don’t let it overwhelm you – that’s why we’re here. We can sort the short-term goals from the long-term planning out for you. In the meantime, if you’re looking for some background banking info, you’ve come to the right place! Our resource library has articles on all kinds of accounts and loans.

Marriage Doesn’t Need to Mean Marrying Finances

Marriage generally implies that two homes and lives become one. Should it also involve a complete merging of earnings, assets and expenses? With money arguments being one of the leading causes of failed marriages, combining finances can be scary. For some couples it’s the right approach, but there are several other options. The traditional approach … read more »

Internet Security Checklist

Reminders about 10 simple things bank customers can do to help protect their computers and their money from online criminals Have computer security programs running and regularly updated to look for the latest threats. Install anti-virus software to protect against malware (malicious software) that can steal information such as account numbers and passwords, and use … read more »

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Going Back to School as an Adult

It’s become a growing trend among day-time workers, stay-at-home mothers, even laid off employees. An increasing number of Americans are dusting off their backpacks and heading back to school. If you’re among this not-so-new breed of learners who have made the decision to get back to the classroom, you may be excited about this unique … read more »

How to Save for a Down Payment

The tallest hurdle to buying your first home will be saving for the down payment. To avoid having to purchase private mortgage insurance, you’ll likely need to put down at least 20% of the purchase price, which will probably mean tens of thousands of dollars. As a young adult, saving this much money may seem … read more »

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5 Financial Tips for Fall

Fall means dreams of pumpkin spice lattes, turkey dinners and a cozy holiday season just around the corner. Here are five ways to make sure you’re financially well-equipped for the last stretch of the year. 1. Tackle back-to-school shopping wisely Whether you’re shopping for your kids or yourself, approaching back-to-school sales with a clear focus can ensure you’re spending on … read more »

Is Fall the Best Time to Buy a House?

Sometimes it’s smarter to buy certain items according to the season, like sweaters near the end of  winter and swimsuits in late summer. But what’s the best season for buying a house? The answer: the fall. As temperatures cool and trees shed their leaves, enough factors break in the buyer’s favor to make it the No. 1 season for … read more »

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When to Consider a Small Business Line of Credit

A small-business line of credit can come in handy when unexpected expenses pop up or revenue is slow to arrive. When you have one, you’re authorized to borrow up to a specific amount, drawing funds as you wish. You’ll pay interest only on the money you borrow. Here’s everything else you’ll need to know about … read more »

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Four Forms You’ll Fill Out at Your First Job

Nothing’s easy about finding your first job: not the internet scouring, not the resume tweaking, not the interviews. When you finally are hired, you should experience some relief — but the sheer number of things you have to learn in the first few weeks can make you feel just as harried as the search process … read more »

The Tax Benefits of Owning a Home

From building equity to giving you a chance to settle down and plant roots, homeownership comes with potential benefits that renting simply doesn’t offer. Among them are several tax advantages worth knowing about. Here’s a quick look at how to make the most of those tax deductions. Deducting mortgage interest Unless you recently won the … read more »

How to Protect Your Mobile Wallet

Consumers are increasingly using their smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices as “mobile wallets” to pay for goods and services, downloading software that allows them to complete both mobile and in-person transactions. As the use of mobile wallet services increases, consumers need to protect their smartphones, mobile wallet applications, associated data, and mobile wallet services … read more »