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.

Renting vs. Buying a Home: Things to Think About

Renting vs. Buying a Home: Things to Think About (FDIC Consumer News) With housing prices still low in many areas and a favorable mortgage-rate environment, people who don’t own their home may be thinking about buying instead of renting. Here are points to consider: Why Rent? Freedom to move: If you unexpectedly need to find … read more »

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Smart (Phone) Ways to Simplify your Life

Smart (Phone) Ways to Simplify your Life You know it can help you take and make phone calls, access email, take pictures, surf the Web, get driving directions, and even play your favorite music. But are you aware of just how smart your smart phone really is? Today’s smart phones have features and apps available … read more »

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7 Financial Tips for Business Owners

7 Financial Tips for Business Owners Personnel director…sales manager…head of operations…customer service manager…The list of roles and responsibilities can go on and on if you’re running your own business today. Though all these key roles are important, there is one that’s particularly critical to the short- and long-term success of your business — chief financial … read more »

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Protect Your Business from a Corporate Account Takeover

Running a successful business requires you to be knowledgeable about your industry, competition, and your customers. And in these advance technological times, you must be knowledgeable about another critical area—cyber threats to your business. Today, cyber thieves are constantly developing new ways to defraud businesses online. And it’s usually smaller businesses—those with less than 100 … read more »

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5 Steps to Safeguard Your Financial Data from Thieves

Most people leave a trail of data nearly everywhere they go. Some of that data links to critical information, such as bank and credit card accounts. Hackers want access to that information and are constantly deploying new tactics to steal that data from unsuspecting consumers. You don’t have to make it easy for them. These … read more »

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5 Qualities of a Good Mortgage Lender

So, you’ve made the decision to buy a home or to refinance the mortgage on one you already own. Now all you need to do is find the right lender to help make it happen. That should be easy, right? But with all the mortgage lenders available today—from your local bank to online mortgage lenders—it’s … read more »

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How Much to Allocate to Your 401K

  When your employer offers a 401(k) plan, you have a great opportunity to save for retirement. You’ll want to contribute at least enough to get the full employer match, if your employer offers one.  Beyond that, here are some ways to know how much to allocate to your plan. Decide how much you’ll need … read more »

How to Be a Money Smart Graduate Student

  Whether you’ll be pursuing a master’s degree in English literature or a Ph.D. in chemical engineering this fall, life as a graduate student likely will require a good deal of thriftiness. But that doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself to a steady diet of instant noodles and cereal for the foreseeable future. Here’s … read more »

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How to Save Money on Vacation Costs

Looking to leave behind the worries of work and responsibilities of home this summer? A fun and relaxing vacation getaway can provide the perfect opportunity to refresh and recharge your batteries. But with summer the most popular time for vacation, affording a quality vacation can be a challenge. Rest assured, there are some steps you … read more »

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Take a Closer Look at Mobile Banking

What’s new, how you can benefit, and how to protect yourself from security risks. With advances in technology, financial institutions are now increasingly providing customers the ability to use mobile phones for banking transactions and to pay for just about anything from a retail purchase to a restaurant bill you’re splitting with friends. “Mobile phones … read more »

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