Category Archives: General

Are Your Deposits Covered?

Consumers often seek help from their bank or the  FDIC with questions relating to their bank accounts. Do I have to provide personal information if I use the FDIC’s online deposit insurance calculator to find out if my deposits are … Continue reading

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How and Where to Save: Our Latest Tips

Everyone knows they should save money to help pay for their future needs or wants, but not everyone knows the best or easiest ways to save. Here are a few ways to help you meet your goals. Review how and where … Continue reading

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Wheels and Deals: Finding an Auto Loan That’s Good to Go

Buying a car can be exciting, but don’t lose sight of how you will pay for it. Here are our latest tips on financing a vehicle through an auto loan. Review your credit reports long before you go to purchase … Continue reading

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When Telemarketer Calls Don’t Ring True

There are federal rules that prohibit a variety of unfair or deceptive advertising practices, and enable consumers to stop most telemarketer calls by placing their personal phone and cell numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry (www.donotcall.gov).  The Federal Trade Commission … Continue reading

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Buying or Refinancing a Home?

Seven do-it-yourself tips for choosing and managing a mortgage Do you have a mortgage loan or are you in the market for one? With new disclosures and other consumer protection rules, and fluctuations in interest rates, it’s good to review … Continue reading

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Taking Your Money on a Trip: Safe Travels Financially

Your suitcase is packed, you’ve got your travel itinerary, and you’re prepared for the sun and warm weather. But are you all set financially? Unless you have taken the time to consider your money needs, including safety precautions, that pleasure … Continue reading

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Guard Your Identity, Resources in 2015

Midwesterners, Wisconsinites in particular, are often friendly, trusting, and willing to help a stranger. But sometimes such laudable traits can backfire. Before you respond to a promotion or a plea for help, ask about documentation and security safeguards. A few … Continue reading

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Your Savings Plan: Balancing Long- and Short-Term Goals

How many savings goals does your family have? Many Wisconsin consumers have a long list of needs and wants. Retirement, college education, a new(er) car, and an emergency fund might top the list of needs. The list of wants is … Continue reading

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How Long to Keep Financial Records?

If paper decluttering was one of your New Year’s goals, you may be wondering which financial documents you can safely shred. While some documents need only be kept for a few months, others should be kept for several years, or … Continue reading

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Go Local!

As you begin or continue your holiday shopping on Black Friday, the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) and Union State Bank are encouraging consumers to Go Local this holiday season with their purchasing, dining and spending. By supporting small businesses … Continue reading

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