Money Matters: Secure Mobile Banking

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Hey! Interested in the convenience of mobile banking, but worried about security? Here are 5 tips to keep your money safe.

  1. Use a unique password, and keep it secret.
  2. Check your connection. Website addresses that start with “https://“ indicate you are on a secure site.
  3. If someone contacts you and claims to work for your bank, contact your bank directly to verify the person is actually a representative.
  4. Regularly monitor your accounts and transactions so that you can spot and report fraud to your ...
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Money Matters: Four C’s of Home Loans

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Hey! Today, let’s talk about the 4 C’s of home loans, the factors that lenders consider before making a home loan.

The 4 C’s of loan and credit are: capacity, capital, credit and collateral.

Capacity is your present and future payment obligations, as well as your debt to income ratio. Capital is the value of your assets, including cash, savings, investments, property, and other things that you could sell for cash. Credit is how responsibly you have paid bills or debts in ...

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Money Matters: Small Changes

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Hey! Did you know that a cup of coffee and a bag lunch can change your life?

Throughout the day, we think about the things we want: a Frappuccino from Starbucks. A new car. A trip to Hawaii.

Fact is, giving up the small things can help you get the big ones. For example, packing a lunch instead of eating out every day could save $50-$60 per week, or $200 a month, or $1200 to $1500 per year! Make your own coffee ...

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Money Matters: Why Get Insurance

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Hey! Do you ever wonder why you need insurance?

You might think it’s to protect your stuff, but actually it’s to protect your family.

Insurance is a contract made between you and the insurance company that protects you, as well as your family, from unexpected emergencies or losses.

Some forms of insurance are required by law, while others are optional.

Insurance may seem like an extra expense at first, as you have to pay a monthly premium for the policy, but long term it ...

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Money Matters: Budget Bubbles

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Hey! Did you know that budgeting doesn’t have to be painful?

Fact is, it could actually be fun!

Southern Bank offers the Budget Bubble tool in online banking. It shows where your money is going and allows you to set up your own categories. Next you assign a goal for each category. Then the tool automatically shows you when you are on target (green), close to your target (yellow), or on your target budget (red).

The Budget Bubble tool is handy since you ...

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Money Matters: Credit vs. Debit

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Hey. Do you know the difference between a credit card and a debit card?

When you use a credit card, it basically means you’re taking a loan from your bank. If you pay the full amount each month on time, there is no extra cost. But if you only pay part of the balance, it can get very expensive. You’ll be charged interest, and if you’re late, there could be penalties as well.

A debit card, on the other hand, takes the ...

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Money Matters: Mobile and Online Banking

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Hey! If you haven’t started using online or mobile banking yet, here are some things you should know:

Number 1: It’s simple, flexible, and convenient. You can access your bank information, transfer money, and make payments whenever and wherever you have an internet connection.

Number 2: It’s secure. It may even be more secure than carrying around credit or debit cards, which can be stolen or compromised. Make sure to password-protect your phone and log out of all financial apps after using, ...

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Money Matters: Family Financial Conversations Between Generations

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Hey! Do you know how to have the hard conversations about money with your family? Here are four topics to get your conversations started.

Number 1: Where to find key documents, including bank account information, documentation of any assets or liabilities, deeds, titles, and life insurance.

Number 2: Plans in case of illness. Who will be the power of attorney when a loved one falls ill?

Number 3: It’s a good idea to document increased and ongoing healthcare needs, and discuss those needs ...

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Money Matters: Credit Card Debt

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Hey! How can a snowball help you become debt-free?

If you’re using credit cards to finance your way of life and not paying off the balance each month, you’re probably paying a lot in interest and penalties.

For instance, paying the $25 minimum on a $1,000 balance will take over four years to pay off and could cost you over $300 in interest alone. So it’s in your best interest to pay that balance off as quickly as possible.

That’s where the snowball ...

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Money Matters: Kid-Friendly Financial Fundamentals

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Trying to figure out which financial habits to focus on with your family may feel overwhelming. One way to think about such a big topic is by breaking these habits into four easy-to-understand main categories.

First is understanding how money is earned in a household, a key to many financial conversations.

Second is borrowing and understanding debt, repayments, and how this contributes to financial health.

Third is spending and saving, the concept of putting aside money to make purchases.

Last is financial decision-making. In ...

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