Spend It or Save It? What to do with your tax refund

by Wade Barnes 12. March 2012
It's that time of the year again, and if you haven’t already started working through the process of filing your taxes, now is the time.  While it likely isn’t the most favorite chore you’ll tackle this year, it might be one that pays off.  According to the IRS, the average tax refund this year is about $3,000.  Some might argue that getting a tax refund isn’t the best way to manage your money throughout the year, as you essentially gave the government an in... [More]

Considering a Fixed Annuity for your maturing Certificate of Deposit? Not sure how they stack up against one another?

by Marylove Moy 26. April 2011
Recently, we sent out a Fixed Annuity (FA) mailer to our 18-month Certificate of Deposit (CD) customers. We did this in hopes of offering our customers an alternative option in the event that their Certificate of Deposit is nearing maturity.  With that being said, we thought there might be other folks out there (including those who received the mailer) that could be asking themselves, "What's the difference and more importantly, which one is the most beneficial for me?" To answer this ... [More]

2011 Tax Planning Tips

by Marylove Moy 23. February 2011
Do you really want to read about tax planning???? Ummm… The answer is a big YES because it can help you and your family’s financial situation. Goal number one in tax planning is to reduce your taxable income or adjusted gross income (AGI). Aside from the obvious fact that the easiest way to reduce your income is to earn less (duh!), the best way to reduce your AGI is to contribute to a (401k) or whatever retirement plan is offered to you by your employer. Your contribution reduces y... [More]


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