Financial Wellness Blog

Welcome to our Financial Wellness Blog - dedicated to highlighting financial information that's useful to everyone. We've also included a Community Spotlight to promote volunteer organizations in our hometowns - Carmel, Dunkirk, Fishers, Hartford City, Knightstown, Montpelier, New Castle, Pendleton, Rushville, and Union City. If you'd like to submit an article for a non-profit, please read this or email Leah Driver. Thank you!

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Announcing the 2021 Citizens State Bank Scholarship Winner

June 17, 2021

Citizens State Bank is pleased to announce the winner of the 2021 Citizens State Bank Scholarship is Ms. Danielle M. Cameron of Rushville....read more

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Securely Using Mobile Apps

June 4, 2021 | Domenica Crognale, Quality Assurance Engineer and Certified Instructor with the SANS Institute

Mobile devices, such as tablets, smartphones, and smartwatches, have become one of the primary technologies we use in both our personal...read more

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Compromised Email Account? Here’s What to Do

May 20, 2021 | Michael Aliperti, MS-ISAC Chair

An email account can be compromised in a number of different ways. In some cases, your password may be weak...read more

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Moving Beyond Distrust: How to Establish a Meaningful Bank Relationship

May 10, 2021 | Indiana Black Expo Minority Small Business Series

One of the significant factors in growing a successful business is finance. In this session, we discuss creating and leveraging relationships with financial institutions to...read more

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Business Acquisition Utilizing SBA Enhancements

May 5, 2021

Recently a panel of business acquisition professionals discussed topics including business valuation, SBA loan changes and opportunities, and legal issues. The panel included...read more

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Vishing - Phone Call Attacks and Scams

May 4, 2021 | Jen Fox, Security Program Specialist

When you think of a cyber-criminal you probably think of an evil mastermind sitting behind a computer, launching sophisticated attacks over...read more

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Social Engineering Red Flags

April 23, 2021

It's easy to think of Social Engineering as peer pressure from fraudsters - instead of relying on hacking skills, they manipulate you into providing information willingly....read more

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Lunch Spending

April 19, 2021

If you're putting together a budget, you might be surprised at how much you spend on eating out - this is generally an easy place to cut costs....read more

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Mortgage Loan Application Checklist

April 16, 2021

Once you find a home you love and the seller accepts your offer, it’s time to apply for your mortgage loan. (Unless you were pre-approved.) You’ll start by selecting a lender and...read more

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Don’t be Frivolous With Your Stimulus

April 16, 2021 | Michael Aliperti, MS-ISAC Chair

It seems like it’s been much longer than one year ago since we last did our taxes, but somehow, it’s here again; Tax season. Let’s start out by acknowledging that this past...read more

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Rush Memorial Hospital Foundation

April 16, 2021

The mission of the Rush Memorial Hospital Foundation is to establish a partnership with the community to help educate, support, and fund the ongoing healthcare efforts of Rush Memorial Hospital....read more

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Account Takeover Fraud Prevention

April 15, 2021

An account takeover happens when a fraudster poses as a financial institution to get your account or personal information. Once the fraudster has access...read more

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Privacy - Protecting Your Digital Footprint

April 11, 2021 | Kenton Smith, Cybersecurity Consultant & Advisor

There are many different definitions of “privacy.” We are going to focus on personal privacy, protecting the information...read more

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What's your home worth in today's market?

April 6, 2021 | Cara Huffman, Owner/Broker/ASP, F.C. Tucker/Crossroads Real Estate

If you own a stock, you can probably go online and quickly look up its current value. What about your home?...read more

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Bank Locally & Reinvest Your Money Back into Your Community

April 1, 2021

The idea of “sustainability” is linked to a lot of our local activities these days—whether it’s reusing or recycling products, sampling...read more