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See How Far Your Money Will Stretch on Black Friday

Black Friday sales save you money, but just how far will your dollars go?

We crunched the numbers to find out. Here are some of the ways you could spend your Black Friday budget this November 24 (but keep in mind that many deals begin on November 23, Thanksgiving Day).

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Spainhower Receives LUTCF® Designation

Bobbi Spainhower, Investment Sales Assistant at First Security, recently received the Life Underwriter Training Council FellowSM (LUTCF®) designation.

 

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6 Ways to Protect Your Business from Business Email Compromise Scams

Companies of all sizes are being targeted by criminals through business email compromise scams. 

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First Security Welcomes Back Educators

First Security was excited to welcome Charles City area educators back for the start of the 2017-2018 school year by serving them breakfast on Tuesday, August 22. Nearly 300 teachers and staff gathered in the new middle school commons for breakfast, allowing them to catch up with one another before the start of the new school year.

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First Security Tackles Credit Scores and Much More

As the back-to-school season is upon us, many of today’s younger consumers are likely gearing up to spend money, yet among U.S. adults ages 18 to 34, just over half are paying their bills on time. Furthermore, 44% of high school students report that they don’t know what a credit score measures, according to a study conducted by the Consumer Federation of America.

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Starting your own business? Open a business account at First Security

Managing finances can be complicated for small-business owners, especially when such a business is first getting started. Many entrepreneurs skip the important step of opening a business bank account, and instead use personal accounts to manage their business expenses. Opening a business account at First Security can have many advantages.

 

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Schlader Recognized for Lead Retail Lending Role

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Kim Schlader has been promoted to Lead Retail Lender.

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Michelle Warner Joins First Security

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Michelle Warner has joined the Rockford and Marble Rock offices’ retail team.

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First Security Foundation Donates to YMCA 2016-17 Annual Sustaining Campaign

First Security recently donated $3000 to the Charles City Family YMCA Annual Sustaining Campaign (ANSU).

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First Security Hosts Second Annual Agricultural Seminar

First Security Bank & Trust hosted their second annual agricultural seminar at the Greene Community Center on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. The event, titled Field to Finance, focused on a variety of topics ranging from the economic outlook for agriculture in 2017, various government programs, and how to effectively work and communicate with family members in a business.

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Simple Steps to Save Successfully During America Saves Week 2017

By Tammy G. Bruzon, America Saves

America Saves Week (February 27 – March 4, 2017) is an annual opportunity for individuals to assess their savings and take financial action. Each year, we encourage savers – or potential savers – just like you to set a goal, make a plan, and save automatically.

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Stacie Peterson Promoted to Lead Branch Office Representative

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce the promotion of Stacie Peterson to Lead Branch Office Representative in Rockwell.

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First Security Welcomes Sara Titus

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Sara Titus has joined the First Security Video Banking team.

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First Security Welcomes Sydnie Wagler

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Sydnie Wagler has joined the First Security team in Manly.

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First Security Board of Directors Announce Stice Promotion

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce the promotion of Tommy Stice to Senior Credit Analyst.

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4 Simple Steps To Stop A CYBER THIEF

Raising Awareness for Data Privacy Day January 28

In recognition of National Data Privacy Day on January 28, First Security is urging consumers to take an active role in protecting their data.

“First Security’s first priority is to protect our customers’ money and their financial data,” said Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer, President/CEO. “We use a combination of safeguards to protect our customers’ information, and we encourage our customers to partner with us in that effort.”

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David Jarvill earns Accredited Investment Fiduciary Certification

First Security employee, David Jarvill, has successfully completed the requirements for and has been awarded the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® Certification.Add Image

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See What's Cookin' at First Security

Throughout the summer, First Security’s Video Banking crew grilled and handed out free hotdogs as a fun way to introduce more customers to the Video Bankers and the technology that First Security offers. First Security, a leader in cutting-edge financial products and services, is the first bank in North Iowa to begin using interactive video banking technology.

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Career Opportunities

First Security Bank has an opening for a Mortgage Loan Processor within the Loan Operations Department and a Wealth Management Representative in our Hampton Office.

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Our Mobile Banking App Just Got a Makeover!

Our Mobile Banking App Just Got a Makeover!

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Important Dumont Building Update

Beginning Thursday, October 20, the Dumont Office will temporarily close for one week during the demolition of the city-owned building next to ours. 

 

 

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First Security Offers Debit Card Fraud Control with CardValet

First Security Bank & Trust is pleased to introduce CardValet®, a mobile card management application that helps reduce account fraud by allowing cardholders to monitor accounts with their smartphone and control how, when and where their debit card is used.

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Josh Dodd Joins First Security

The First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Josh Dodd has joined the First Security team in the Manly office. 

 

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Apple Pay Now Available

Apple Pay Now Available to First Security’s Customers Offering an Easy, Secure & Private Way to Pay

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Pat Adams Scholarship Awarded

 Pat Adams was a dedicated employee of First Security Bank & Trust for 46 1/2 years when she passed away in 2013. Add Image

 

 

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First Security Board Announces Holdren Promotion

Add ImageThe First Security Bank & Trust Board of Directors and President/CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer are pleased to announce that Michael Holdren has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

 

 

 

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Chairman Honored for 50 Years of Service

 

First Security Bank & Trust President/CEO, Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer recognized J.R. (Dick) Herbrechtsmeyer, Chairman of Add ImageFirst Security for 50 years of service with First Security Bank & Trust.

“We are fortunate to have dedicated bankers like Dick Herbrechtsmeyer working for our customers and community for half a century,” said Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer. “Dick’s distinguished tenure of service demonstrates his commitment to serving others − and to making a positive impact in the financial services industry.”

 

 

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Which is More Secure: Filing Taxes Online or on Paper?

Which is More Secure: Filing Taxes Online or on Paper?

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When tax season comes around, taxpayers have two options for filing their taxes: paper or electronic filing. While some taxpayers have strong opinions about which one is better for them, an important question they should all ask themselves is which is more secure? With the increase in the risk of identity theft and tax fraud, consumers should be careful how they file their taxes and consider the advantages and risks of electronic or paper filing.

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Put Your Business on a Data Diet

Add ImageLosing some excess flab should be at the top of the list of New Year’s resolutions for your small to medium-sized business.

Not you, owner and proprietor. You look great. It's the reams of data jiggling around your company’s servers and hard drives that could use some trimming.

Monday is the perfect time to start. It's National Data Privacy Day, created to raise awareness about the importance of keeping personal information private, especially on social networks and the Internet.

But tweens on Twitter aren’t the only netizens that need to keep safe online. SMBs are increasingly at risk from hacker attacks and digital conmen. Symantec found that the percentage of targeted attacks on small businesses doubled in the first half of 2012, compared with the first half of 2011. More than a third of the attacks were aimed at companies with fewer than 250 employees.

Here are five steps to trim, tighten and tone your data waistline. Follow this data diet to get your network security into shape:

 

 

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Credit Cards: The Smart Holiday Shopping Choice

When it comes to the holidays, it may be time to rethink the mantra that “cash is king” for holiday shopping.

Sure, paying with cash forces you to stay within a budget to prevent over-spending. It means no tacked-on interest payment. And it may even occasionally qualify you for a discount on purchases in allowing merchants to avoid paying plastic-used transaction swipe fees. Add Image

But a truly happy holiday means protecting those soon-to-be-purchased presents along with your long-term finances. That’s where credit cards reign supreme over cash or debit cards.

 

 

 

 

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CFPB Financial Education Policy Guide Highlights EverFi Partnerships

First Security is proud to work with our partner, EverFi, who was highlighted in the CFPB’s April report, Policy Guide for Advancing K-12 Financial Education. The guide was developed to identify strategies and provide information on tools and resources that enhance K-12 financial education efforts. The report highlights EverFi’s success in forming unique public-private partnerships that amplify the impact of K-12 financial education.

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