BLOG CATEGORY: Personal Banking

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Why We Love (and Need) Wallet Pay Apps Right Now
June 15, 2021

Have you ever gone to dinner with a group of friends, but the restaurant wouldn’t split the check? Or—given the new social etiquette after the recent COVID-19 pandemic—would you like to avoid passing cash and cards physically between you and others? Rather than worrying about carrying around your most valuable financial assets, now we have […]

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What You Need to Know Before Making Investments
March 18, 2021

Entering the world of investing seems overwhelming, but there are ways to get started with just a little money and a few tips. Here are some things you need to know to get started. Determine Your Investment Goals Are you looking for short-term gains or investing for retirement? Playing the stock market, for example, is […]

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Discuss Finances with Your Significant Other Before Your Wedding Day
March 2, 2021

Deciding to share your life with someone through marriage means working together on everything, including your finances. Once married, you and your spouse will be financially responsible for joint debts, filing a joint income tax return (or married filing separately, as applicable), and physical things like putting food on the table and paying rent. An […]

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Ask Yourself These Questions When Building a Plan to Save for College
February 11, 2021

With inflation rates for college costs estimated at 3%-10% per year—tuition and fees, along with room and board, could skyrocket by the time your child is a freshman. This leaves parents wondering how to help them pay for it all. Like any savings goal, putting away the money for college starts with a plan. So here are […]

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Review Your Credit Report Regularly to Catch Identity Fraud Threats
February 8, 2021

There is no reason to fear a credit check if you know what is waiting in your report. That’s why we recommend making a habit of monitoring your credit report and addressing issues as they arise. This will help to safeguard your credit against attempts to steal your financial identity or establish fraudulent credit in […]

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Tips to Boost Your Retirement Savings
January 29, 2021

Determining exactly how much retirement savings you need is no easy task. In order to make the perfect calculation, you would need to know your level of expenses during retirement, future tax rates, future returns on your assets, and ultimately how long you are going to live. These are all things you know off the […]

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Safe Deposit Box
January 11, 2021

Safe deposit boxes offer a secure place away from your home or office to store your valuables. This includes jewelry, stamp or coin collections, and negotiable items like stock certificates and bonds. It is also an excellent place to keep things that are irreplaceable or have sentimental value. A household inventory (on video or written), appraisals, […]

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Helping Young Adults Build a Financial Vocabulary
December 6, 2020

Taking on the responsibility of your bills and investments for the first time in life is a huge step.  Not everyone is ready to manage this step, but with some time and research you can feel confident enough to make sound decisions. The sooner you learn how to make financial decisions on your own, the […]

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Creating a Family Records Almanac to Organize Your Most Important Personal Information
November 30, 2020

A Family Records Almanac is an organized compilation of your family and financial accounts.  Once completed, it should be kept in a place that is easily accessible.  It’s essential to be able to get to it fast in case of emergencies that require you to leave quickly–like a hurricane or fire. An added benefit of organizing your important account information […]

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Tips to Keep Devices & Accounts Secure While You Travel
October 22, 2020

It’s easy to take our online security for granted when we travel, especially given the number of other things to focus on during a trip. There are things you can do before and while on a trip that we learned from the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency to make sure your data is safe.   […]

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