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Investing for Beginners: How to Plan for Your Future Today

You probably already know that one of the best ways to grow your money for the future is to invest it.  The first place to start is with your employer’s 401(k) which allows you to contribute on a regular basis, and not worry about what the market is doing on a daily basis.  Many 401(k) plans offer a company matching percentage, which is supplemented money.  For example: your employer offers a 3% match, make sure that you’re contributing at least 3% of your income to receive the full match.

If the idea of where to invest your hard-earned money is intimidating, there are usually mutual fund choices in an employer plan that provide an easy start point.  One type of diversified mutual fund will normally have a targeted year of retirement in the name, and this allows the mutual fund to manage your money for you.  What other investment decisions are important to consider?  Let’s explore how to start investing in a way that’s diversified with reasonable risk for your goals.

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How to Save for Your Child's College Costs

Parents and guardians want the best for their children, and in today’s world, the best often means some sort of higher education. While the cost of higher education can drastically vary, based on whether the child earns scholarships, goes for a two-year or a four-year degree, studies in their home state or elsewhere, or pursues postgraduate degrees, education can be a big investment. Many parents are left wondering how to save for a child’s education. One fail-safe suggestion for saving for college is to start early. How you choose to save is up to you.

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Just Got Engaged? Here's How Your Local Bank Can Help You Afford Your Wedding

Wedding costs can vary depending on the location and the type of the wedding you plan, and more and more, couples are paying for a significant portion of their wedding, if not the whole event. Even if you try to be frugal, a wedding is often a big expense. The right banking partner can help you come up with ideas for how to save for a wedding.

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Questions to Ask When Opening a Savings Account

Opening a savings account can help you take control of your finances. You can use your account to save for a large purchase or to set up an emergency fund. Emergency funds can help you weather unforeseen occurrences. The common guideline is to save up to three to six months of your common expenses to take on any challenges that come your way. As you explore where to open a savings account, consider the following questions.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Stimulus Check

Many individual Americans and families have received their third stimulus check. While any deposit in the bank account is welcome, you smart savers want to know how to make the most of your stimulus check. You want to make sure this money is working its hardest for you because this past year and the COVID-19 pandemic have taught many people that solid financial footing is crucial when navigating unforeseen events.

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