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Category Archives: Banking

4 Reasons to Use A Piggy Bank

One of the easiest ways we learn how to save money at a young age is with a piggy bank or some other container to collect our coins and money. So, in an effort to further encourage all of our customers to teach children about money, we wanted to highlight one of the simplest, most convenient ways to save: using a piggy bank. Most of us at some point in our childhood received a piggy bank. Maybe some of us still use our first piggy banks. It’s one of the most effective ways for parents to teach their children the value of saving money rather than spending it. More importantly, the piggy bank is also a good reminder for parents… Read the full article.

Why Community Banking Matters

Great Midwest Bank takes considerable pride in being a family-run, community-owned bank. Now more than ever, we understand what our customers and communities are going through so we’d like to take this time explain why community banking matters. At community banks like Great Midwest Bank, decisions are made based on the specific needs of you, our customer. Community banking means we’re not driven by fees and answering to stakeholders. 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. Great Midwest Bank loves spreading the word about community banking. In fact,… Read the full article.

11 Questions to Ask If You’re Thinking “For Sale By Owner”

When the time comes to sell your home, there are plenty of questions on your mind, especially if you’re thinking about going the For Sale By Owner route. How much is my home worth? What’s a fair selling price? Should I list my home with a Realtor? Can I even sell my home myself? If you find yourself leaning towards listing the house yourself, here are 11 questions to answer when listing your home as For Sale By Owner (FSBO). Can you price your home competitively as a For Sale By Owner? It sounds like an easy one for most homeowners but with little or no experience in real estate or the housing market, homeowners like yourself may not be sure… Read the full article.

Four Ways to Protect against Tax Identity Theft

  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.

How to Improve your Financial Literacy

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.

Mobile Banking App Update

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!

Only Your Local Bank…

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.

Celebrate Local with Great Midwest Bank

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.

7 Ways to Automate Your Savings

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.

Simple Steps to Save During America Saves Week

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.