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Though the internet has many advantages, it can also make users vulnerable to fraud, identity theft and other scams. According to a Norton Cybercrime Report, 556 million adults worldwide were victims of cybercrime in 2012. The American Bankers Association recommends the following tips to keep you safe online: Keep your computers and mobile devices up to [...]

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Michigan City, IN – Horizon Bank’s John Crandle was named the 2014 Southwestern Michigan SBA Lender of the Year by the Economic Development Foundation. Economic Development Foundation reports that John Crandle, Horizon Bank in Portage, MI, used the U.S. Small Business Administration 504 loan program for 3 projects in the past year. This has been [...]

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Austyn Crites, co-founder of RockZip, has been studying “high balloon” technology for about 3 years. In early 2014, his interest officially became a business — and he has big plans for bringing RockZip’s products to students and entrepreneurs in an effort to expand scientific horizons. Here, he gives us an overview of the business. You [...]

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Before transitioning from renter to home owner, potential buyers must typically save between 5 and 20 percent of the home’s value for the down payment. The American Bankers Association is offering tips to help consumers prepare for one of the first steps in the home buying process – saving for a down payment. “Saving money [...]

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Whether you’re a renter or a homeowner, chances are you care about protecting the environment – and saving money. Here are some tips from the American Bankers Association to help you do both. Location, location, location efficiency. Carefully consider the location of your home. If you’re close to work, shopping and entertainment, you may not [...]

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Your mobile device provides convenient access to your email, bank and social media accounts. Unfortunately, it can potentially provide the same convenient access for criminals. The American Bankers Association recommends following these tips to keep your information – and your money – safe. Use the passcode lock on your smartphone and other devices. This will [...]

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Corporate account takeover is a type of fraud where thieves gain access to a business’ finances to make unauthorized transactions, including transferring funds from the company, creating and adding new fake employees to payroll, and stealing sensitive customer information that may not be recoverable. The American Bankers Association recommends following these tips to keep your [...]

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An important step to finding a home, whether you’re renting or buying, is ensuring that you have a good credit history. The American Bankers Association suggests the following tips to improve your credit score. Request a copy of your credit score report – and make sure it is correct. Your credit report illustrates your credit [...]

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If you are struggling to pay your mortgage or facing foreclosure, don’t wait to get help. Contact your bank or mortgage servicer to discuss options. Contact your lender. The first step is to contact your mortgage provider. About half of the people entering into foreclosure have not contacted their lender. Lenders are focused on long-term [...]

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Identity theft continues to be one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. In the U.S., 12.6 million people – or 1 out of every 20 consumers – were victims of identity fraud last year. ABA recommends following these tips to keep your information – and your money – safe. Don’t share your secrets. [...]

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