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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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Protecting Your ATM Card Always protect your ATM card and keep it in a safe place, just like you would cash, credit cards or checks. Do not leave your ATM card lying around the house or on your desk at work. No one should have access to the card but you. Immediately notify your bank [...]

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Now that you’re settling in to your new home, there are some important things you need to consider. The American Bankers Association recommends the following tips. 1. Create a budget. The key to a good budget is including as much information as you can, so that you can adequately prepare and plan. It’s important to [...]

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​WASHINGTON — As college students head to campus for the fall semester, money management should be on their personal syllabus, according to the American Bankers Association.  The organization has released ten money-saving tips to help college students get an early start on securing their financial future. “It’s important for college students to take control of [...]

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  Velko Hinge began in 1969 as Velko Tool & Die Company. A family business, Velko is now operated by president Alina Jansen, the daughter of its original founder. Here, Jansen provides an overview of the longstanding, local company with a global reach. Tell us a little about your business… (background/how long you have been in business, [...]

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  Summertime comes and goes in a flash, so why not make the most of it? If you’re longing to hit the open road in your very own RV or travel trailer, we can help. Or if making a splash with a ski boat or puttering from shore to shore on a pontoon boat is [...]

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Kathy Connors Benke is one of three siblings operating the family business of Connors Automotive in Chesterton. Along with her co-owners, brothers Jack and Mike, she works with a team of additional family members and others, in selling and servicing new and used vehicles. Tell us a little about your business… Connors Automotive has been selling [...]

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