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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, Lewisville, 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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CARES Act and Hardship Withdrawals

August 30, 2020 | Hector Ortiz and Erin Scheithe, CFPB

You might not be aware that the CARES Act made provisions for early withdrawals from retirement accounts. If you're thinking of making a withdrawal, here are some things you should know....read more

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Making a Deposit

August 27, 2020

When most of us think about making a deposit, the first thing that comes to mind is a trip to the bank....read more

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Mobile Banking Security Tips

April 28, 2020 | Leah Driver

We rely on our mobile phone for so many things - banking, emailing, texting, shopping, dating - it's important to remember we need to take steps to keep it secure, just like we do...read more

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Wondering what to do with your stimulus payment?

April 25, 2020 | AmericaSaves.org

If you're wondering what you should do with your stimulus payment, you're not alone. Given today's uncertainty,...read more

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Worried about your finances due to COVID-19?

April 17, 2020

If you’re worried about money, it’s completely understandable. When the year started, stocks were trading at all-time highs while unemployment was at historic lows. That’s changed...read more

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Hey, Alexa - pay the cable bill!

April 10, 2020

Did you know you can use an Alexa-enabled device to pay your bills?...read more

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Stimulus Checks – what should you know?

April 2, 2020

A large part of The CARES Act, passed last week to address the economic ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic, is the stimulus money that will be sent to many...read more

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What does it mean to cosign a loan?

March 5, 2020

"Cosigning a loan" is a phrase we often hear, but might not fully understand. Simply put, if you cosign a loan, you're agreeing to make payments - or even pay the debt in full - if the person you're signing with defaults....read more

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Set Up Automatic Savings

February 24, 2020

Everyone knows the importance of saving money - so why not set up an automatic savings plan? You can ask your employer to direct deposit...read more

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Moving Your Checking Account

February 24, 2020 | Leah Driver

Perhaps you’ve wanted to switch banks for a while, but the idea of moving your checking account is as appealing as a voluntary tax audit. We promise you – it isn’t that difficult, and only involves a few simple steps....read more

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Why isn't my budget working?

February 9, 2020

It's frustrating - you've finally put your budget together, but IT ISN'T WORKING! Here are a few reasons why budgets fail. See if any of these apply to you, and if so, recognizing the cause will make the problem easier to fix....read more

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Keeping (and Organizing!) Your Financial Records

January 22, 2020

An important part of "Financial Wellness" is keeping track of your financial records - tax returns,...read more

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Budgeting Vocabulary

January 17, 2020

If you're starting the budgeting process, it's helpful to know the language. Here are some terms to get you started:...read more

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Setting Short & Long Term Financial Goals

January 4, 2020

One of the most important - and often easiest - steps in putting a budget together is setting goals. (Who doesn't want to picture themselves...read more

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2020 Financial Review - New Year, New You

January 1, 2020

An annual financial review is as important for your finances as a physical is for your health....read more