The calendar has switched over to a new year, which means – among other things – tax season is here. In 2018, more than 79 million taxpayers received refunds at an average amount of $2,864. While it may be tempting to spend it all, there are many ways to put that kind of financial windfall to work for you.
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It's supposed to be the most thankful time of the year. A time to enjoy quality time with friends and family and feast on delicious treats. Yet with the amount of cooking, cleaning, and planning, those in charge of hosting the annual Thanksgiving dinner celebration can feel exhausted, inadequate, stressed ... anything but thankful.
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A recent survey conducted by TD Ameritrade found that millennials, on average, expect to retire at the age of 56. While the current average retirement age is 63 – and is expected to rise – this may seem like an unrealistic goal. First Security Bank & Trust recommends millennials put together a savings plan now to work toward their long-term goals.
There are so many things to love about being in your 20's; you have ample time to explore new and exciting career opportunities, and to build independence. You also have valuable time to do something that will be very important when you get older — build your wealth.
Some people retire on income from an employer-sponsored defined benefit pension plan. Employers that sponsor defined benefit pension plans are responsible for contributing enough to fund promised benefits.
U.S. Department of Labor data show a trend away from defined benefit plans and toward defined contribution plans, though. A key difference is that the employer bears the investment risks of a defined benefit plan. In defined contribution plans, employees bear the investment risks, and there is no guarantee that your defined contribution account balance will be adequate for your retirement.
There’s never a bad time to teach children financial responsibility, but it may be difficult to find unique ways to help them relate it to the real world. Did you know that you can use back-to-school shopping as a way to give children an interactive financial lesson?
When First Security first introduced Video Banking to customers, many wondered just where the Video Bankers were located. One Video Banker always joked that they were “inside the box” or working directly behind the screen. In reality, the Video Bankers work from Charles City where they remotely interact with customers and assist with their banking needs.
Since Video Banking’s inception at First Security, there have been many misconceptions about the new technology. Customers didn’t know that it was more than an ATM or that the Video Bankers were local people working inside the same building as all the other bankers and tellers in Charles City.
We’ve had a great kick off to summer events this season! First Security employees have been busy volunteering at many events and parades. A few of the events we have participated in just in the last couple weeks are Party in the Park in Charles City, Gran Festival in Hampton, Tuesday on the Town in Hampton, Floyd Fun Days, and Greene River Days.
Young people and those living outside of Charles City may not realize that May 15th marks an important anniversary for the Charles City community. 50 years ago, “at 4:50 PM nature shed its robes of spring glory and lashed out at picturesque Charles City with one of its most heinous brainstorms – a devastating tornado apparently unparalleled in Iowa history.
First Security Bank & Trust partnered with Central Springs Elementary School to continue the Teach Children to Save Campaign with savings education on May 3. More than 100 Central Springs 4th and 5th grade students explored the importance of understanding the difference betweeeeds and wants and how to budget in a lesson presented by First Security employee, Tiara Grady, Retail Banking Supervisor in Nora Springs.
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Do you keep a budget or track personal spending? Do you have professional help in managing your finances? These are some of the top things to consider in your personal financial planning. Read on to learn the top 5 personal finance questions you should ask.
After a recent visit to Amy’s Food Pantry in Rockford, our Video Bankers wrapped up their February Banking Outside the Box initiative. Employees at each of First Security’s 13 offices worked together to collect non-perishable food items. With the help of customers, who dropped items in our collection bins in each office, we donated over 700 items (which amounted to more than 2,000 servings of food) to Amy’s Food Pantry in Rockford.
From mid-December until Christmas, our Video Bankers, Jessica Hartwell, Sara Titus, and Kendra Thomas, spent three days delivering poinsettias with their coworkers at our Nora Springs, Riceville, Manly, and Charles City locations. They were able to visit local businesses, care centers, and individuals that give back to their communities with gifts of poinsettias to spread joy and appreciation this holiday season.
For many people, it is important to take time during the holiday season to give to those who are in need. Donating to your favorite cause can be fulfilling, but it’s important to ensure that your gift reaches the intended source. Follow these tips to become a savvy charitable giver this holiday season: