Financial How Tos

What Happens When a Bank is Not Beholden to Shareholders?

When it comes to banking and financial services, there are a range of institutions eager to win your business, but interests aren’t always aligned. On one side of the spectrum are massive banking corporations owned by shareholders whose stake in the bank typically forms most of its equity capital. On the other hand, there are community banks that aren’t beholden to shareholders. The difference in how these entities operate, support their customers and communities, give back, and grow is stark. As it turns out, a bank’s ownership structure makes a profound impact on the people, families, organizations, and communities banks serve. Here’s why it matters and what it means for you.

Stay Safe Online

Undoubtably, the internet has many advantages, it can also make users vulnerable to fraud, identity theft and other scams. The American Bankers Association recommends the following tips to keep you safe online:

The best way to protect your information from scammers? Recognize a phishing scam.

Scammers know how valuable your personal and financial information is — and they’ll do or say almost anything to get it. What can you do to keep it safe?

The best way to protect your info from scammers is to recognize a phishing scam, but how do you know what to look for?

Protect Your Mobile Device

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.

Personal Finance Tips for Students and Young Adults

The younger you start knowing how money works, the faster you can achieve financial freedom.

Unfortunately, personal finance is not a required subject in most high schools or colleges. Yet, it is one of the most important and impactful aspects of our lives.
Here are a few finance tips to get you started.

FDIC Money Smart Program

We are dedicated to providing resources and tools to help people make informed financial decisions.

One excellent and FREE resource we provide is the Money Smart education program provided by the FDIC. This is a set of online games designed to help people of all ages build knowledge and confidence in their financial abilities.

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