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.

How to Keep Kids Sharp Over the Summer

We all need a break every now and again — to remove ourselves from our demanding schedules and give our bodies and minds a much needed break. Children are no exception. Summer vacation can provide a unique opportunity for kids of all ages to break from rigid school-year routines and reconnect with their friends and … read more »

How to Prepare Children to Leave the Nest

What should you tell them about saving and investing? As young adults enter into their careers, talk to them about starting to save early for retirement and the importance of preparing for financial emergencies. Here are a few discussion points you can use. A great place to save and invest money you earn is in … read more »

Beware of Malware

Malicious software — or “malware” for short — is a broad class of software built with malicious intent. “You may have heard of malware being referred to as a ‘computer bug’ or ‘virus’ because most malware is designed to spread like a contagious illness, infecting other computers it comes into contact with,” said Michael Benardo, … read more »

How to Tell You’re Ready to Buy a House

Making the decision to become a homeowner is emotionally and financially complex. Here are some key things to ask yourself if you’re considering whether buying is right for you. Do you have a good reason to buy? Sometimes switching from renting to buying is a no-brainer.  Maybe you live in a modern one-bedroom apartment in … read more »

Best Ways to Save on Summer Vacation

With school letting out and sultry summer days ahead, it’s time to start thinking vacation. Because it’s a supply-and-demand world, you’ll likely be up against higher airfare, hotel costs and car rental rates. But here are some tips to help keep things affordable. If by air … If you plan to fly domestically, your best … read more »

How to Give Your Finances a Spring Cleaning

Ah, spring! It’s the season of renewal, when we can count on longer and brighter days, the return of baseball and the urge to get the house in order. That goes for many people’s financial houses as well. Spring is a good time to comb through your personal finances and ensure that you’re managing your … read more »

More Tips on Protecting Your Mobile Devices

Everywhere you look, people are using smartphones and tablets as portable, hand-held computers. “Unfortunately, cybercriminals are also interested in using or accessing these devices to steal information or commit other crimes,” said Michael Benardo, manager of the FDIC’s Cyber Fraud and Financial Crimes Section. “That makes it essential for users of mobile devices to take … read more »

Trust, Love, and Password Sharing?

A strong password is a great way to prevent hackers and identity thieves from accessing your accounts. But what if you share it with someone you know? Many teens and young adults are giving passwords to friends or loved ones as a sign of trust or love. After all, sharing is caring, right? But what … read more »

So You Want to be Your Own Boss

“I can control my own destiny.” “I can work flexible hours.” “I don’t have to listen to someone telling me what to do.” “I can write my own paycheck.” If you know someone who has taken the plunge into owning their own business, chances are you’ve heard them talk about some of the advantages of … read more »

Best Ways to Fund Home Repairs

Now that spring has blossomed into full-on allergy mode, the time we spend outside is even more appreciated — especially with the help of a good antihistamine. The next time you venture out, take a moment to do a walk-around inspection of the old homestead. See some room for improvements? Maintaining, repairing and upgrading a … read more »