It’s no secret that we take a lot of pride in being a family run, mutually-owned community bank. We understand our customers and our geographic area like nobody else can – and we know that matters to you. At community banks, decisions are not driven by fees and income, but by the specific needs of you, our customer, and what’s in your best interest. At the end of the day, what’s in your best interest is most often what’s in ours! Having a great relationship with our customers is only one of the many benefits of choosing to bank with a community bank. As April is Community Banking Month, we thought it would be the perfect time to give a… Read the full article.
All of us are aware of the risks of identity theft. And many of us know someone who was a victim – our Borrowers have been affected at times. It’s easy to think identity theft won’t happen to you if you are a careful online shopper and keep a close eye on you credit report. Tax identify theft, on the other hand, is a whole different threat. The FTC recently reported that tax identity theft has tripled over the last few years. Identity theft occurs when someone “steals” your personal information (social security number, birth date, name, address, etc.), files a phony tax return and gets your refund. You’ll never know it until YOU file your tax returns and… Read the full article.
Financial literacy is all about understanding how money works in the world. More specifically, it means understanding how to manage your personal or business finances. Finance has gained a perception for being too complicated for the average person to understand, which is simply not true. In reality, if you have the right education and resources you can easily improve your financial literacy and maybe even become an expert! Unfortunately, not all us have been exposed to financial education or know where to look to find resources. One of our missions at Great Midwest Bank is to not only be a bank or mortgage lender, we want to be your trusted, local resource for financial information. That’s why we feature online… Read the full article.
Good news for our mobile banking users! An updated version of the TouchBanking mobile app was released last week for both Apple and Android devices. The most recent updates improve overall user experience with a new design, intuitive workflow, and added security updates. If you are already a mobile banking user, make sure to update your app to get the latest features. And if you aren’t signed up for mobile banking, what are you waiting for? It’s never been a better time to sign up for Great Midwest Bank TouchBanking and take your banking wherever you go! MORTGAGE | HOME EQUITY | DEPOSIT | CD AND IRA
While we take this season to celebrate local, we also invite you to take a look at the difference a local bank can make for you and your finances. Great Midwest Bank is a Wisconsin bank. So when you think about it everyone on the GMB team, from the bank tellers to our president, are Wisconsin residents. We live and work in the same place as you. We understand where you are coming from. You shop local, why not bank local? From the boutiques in Milwaukee’s Third Ward to the farmer’s market around the capital, Wisconsinites love to shop local. Our state is full of local businesses that have unmatched service and top quality products. Why? Because these businesses are… Read the full article.
Around here, we take a lot of pride in being local. But what does that really mean? Is it enough to have 9 branches around Wisconsin? Does being local mean you promote local news and events? For us, there is much more to being local than that. It’s about celebrating all the things that make Wisconsin such a great place to call home. Those are the things that only true Wisconsinites know. Wisconsin is more than just a state. Wisconsin is where we live, work, and raise families. It’s where we enjoy the world’s best beer and cheese. It’s a place where roll out the barrel and jump around are sacred songs. The people here know the joy of melting… Read the full article.
Sometimes, building a healthy cushion of savings can seem like a daunting task. We all know how easy it is to make a late credit card payment, or to end up spending all of your paycheck without remembering to save part of it. One easy way to get started on saving this America Saves Week is to automate your savings. Having technology work to save money for you takes much of the effort out of the equation, saves time, and makes it easier for you to achieve your goals. Automate Retirement Contributions If your employer matches retirement contributions to your 401K or retirement plan, be sure to take advantage of the free money! Sign up for retirement contributions to be… Read the full article.
It’s that time of the year again, it’s America Saves Week! America Saves Week (February 22 – 27) is an annual opportunity for individuals to assess their savings and take financial action. The theme for this year’s America Saves Week is simple: Save Automatically. America Saves is dedicated to educating people on better ways to save money. That’s something we can fully support! So keep up with us on social media this week, as we join America Saves in sharing info about saving money and improving your financial outlook. Try these five simple steps during America Saves Week to help yourself save automatically – and successfully: Assess Your Savings. Like your health, you should assess your savings annually to make… Read the full article.
A whole week dedicated to saving money? Count us in! Whether it be securing a mortgage, starting a college tuition savings account, or getting guidance from a personal financial planner, at Great Midwest Bank we aim to help all of our customers reach their financial goals. We know everyone might have a different financial situation, but everyone can benefit from saving money. That’s why Great Midwest Bank is joining America Saves in celebrating America Saves Week! We’ll be joining in the conversation starting February 22 by sharing all kinds of savings tips and spreading the word about money saving challenges. We also want to invite you to take part in America Saves Week. You can get started by checking out… Read the full article.
To be honest, it was a little difficult to watch football this past Sunday afternoon without seeing our boys in green and gold on the field. But the Super Bowl is must-see TV. Outside of the game, grading the commercials of course remain one of America’s traditions. Every year the big brands spend millions of dollars and create some of the year’s best spots. We saw a lot of great commercials last night, but one in particular caught our eye. You probably saw it too. It was a commercial for some kind of firecracker… or maybe it was bottle rocket. Whatever it was, it promised to forever change the way people apply for mortgages. It said something about getting… Read the full article.