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  • Preparing for Higher Interest Rates

    by Mike Sims | January 26, 2017

    Last year ended with one of the more volatile interest rate periods since 2013. For now, the lengthy period of extremely low, relatively stable interest rates appears to be over.
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  • Tis the Season for Theft Prevention

    by Karen Coble | December 22, 2016

    The movie "Home Alone" is full of life lessons and hijinks, but at the root is the vulnerability of people during the holidays, as things are often rushed, busy and forgotten. However, with proper preparation, you can stop even the stickiest of bandits from taking what rightfully belongs to you!
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  • What If?

    by Mike McGinnis | November 17, 2016

    What if it rains today? What if I overcook dinner? What if I get a flat tire on my way to work? Life is full of “what ifs.” Benjamin Franklin acknowledged this when he said, “by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Sometimes, creating a backup plan is as easy as bringing an umbrella, keeping an emergency frozen pizza on hand or calling roadside assistance. Other times, it isn't.
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  • Carmageddon Ahead?

    by Steven Houle | October 27, 2016

    As Newton’s law of gravity dictates, what goes up must eventually come down, and auto sales are no exception. From 2010-2015, American consumers purchased cars at a steadily increasing rate, peaking in November 2015, but purchases have trended lower ever since.
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  • Standardized Testing

    by Mark DeBree | September 29, 2016

    Roll with the punches. Get with the times. While these well-known clichés aim to pack a positive punch, they don’t garner as much enthusiasm when we’re attempting to deviate from tried-and-true standards. But, there’s no time like today to begin adapting to a new normal!
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  • Checking Account Check-Up

    by Karen Coble | August 25, 2016

    While paper checks may be on their way out the door, checking accounts and checking account services remain a vital part of any financial institution—especially credit unions. After all, whether you opened your first one with the birthday money acquired as a kid, or decided on one well into adulthood, the checking account story is a tale as old as time.
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