Money Matters: When to Collect Social Security

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Hey! Today, we want to talk about how to decide what age you want to start collecting social security benefits.

Benefits can be collected as early as age 62 or as late as 70, though full retirement age depends on when you were born. If you choose to wait, your benefits will increase long term, although most people don’t wait past 70 as by then there is no significant change in what you receive after that.

It’s helpful to estimate your ...

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Money Matters: Overdraft Fees

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Hey! Let’s talk about how to avoid overdraft fees.

Did you know that you could overdraft your account, even though you have recently made a deposit?

Posting order is the sequence in which a bank processes your transactions. The transactions you make may not post to your account in the order in which you make them, and they may not affect your balance right away.

This includes depositing a check. If you put it into your account after the cutoff hours, the check ...

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Money Matters: Living Within Your Means

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Hey! Let’s talk about something fundamental, like living within your means.

Living within your means may be the most important financial habit. If you live within your means, your monthly expenses will not be more than your net monthly income.

There are three steps you can take to see if you’re living within your means.

Step 1. Record everything you spend your money on over the course of a month to get a picture of your spending habits.

Step 2. Add up all of ...

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Money Matters: Person to Person Payments with Taylor Harrell

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For many people, the smartphone is becoming their wallet. You don’t have to carry cash, cards or checks anymore. You can use your phone to send money from just about anywhere.

How does it work?

  • All you need is the Southern Bank mobile app and the person’s phone number. It doesn’t matter which bank they use; you can send them a payment instantly.

Is there a fee involved?

  • At Southern Bank, there is no fee. Person-to-person payments are free for both the sender ...
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Money Matters: First Home Loans with Taylor Harrell

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What are the first steps we should take when we look at buying our first home?

  • Contact Your Lender
  • Find Out What You Qualify For
  • Set Aside Funds

What documentation do we need to apply for a loan?

  • Two Most Recent Pay Stubs
  • Last Two W2s and Tax Returns
  • Most Recent Bank Statement

What’s Next? Ask yourself…

  • Why Buy a Home?
  • What Is Your Goal?
  • How Does Owning a Home Affect Your Goal?

What’s the key piece of advice you have for a first-time buyer?

  • Knowing what you want and what you can ...
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Money Matters: Home Improvement Loans with Taylor Harrell

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What is a home improvement loan?

  • A short-term loan for a specific project. Examples include:
    • New Roof
    • Addition
    • Remodeling
    • New Kitchen
    • Garage
    • New Floors

What are the advantages of a home improvement loan?

Short-term loan rates are usually much lower than credit card rates, so it can save you money.

When are loans tax deductible?

  • Main Residence
  • Improvements Increase Value
  • Improvements Provide New Uses
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Money Matters: Financial Planning with Steve Kocen

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A financial plan can be very helpful in creating a clear financial picture.

Financial Planners help with…

  • Insurance
  • Long-Term and Short-Term Debt
  • Retirement Planning
  • Investments

Where do we start?

  • Look for a planner with experience in your area of interest.

What is an “area of interest?”

  • Someone who can help you create a plan based on where you are now and where you want to be in the future.

Where can I find more information?

  • You can view the records of any financial planner on You can also consult your ...
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Money Matters: Debit Cards with Taylor Harrell

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If you think your debit card has been lost or stolen, you’ll want to deactivate it immediately. With the Southern Bank mobile app, it’s as easy as swiping your finger to disable the card and prevent any unauthorized transactions.

So I don’t have to call the bank?

  • Correct. Even if it’s a night or the weekend, you do not have to worry.

What if the card is just misplaced and we find it again later?

  • Turning the card back on is just as easy. ...
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Money Matters: New Reality of a Home Equity Loan

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How are home equity loans now different from those in the past?

  • Home rates, in general, are lower, which is a benefit, but home values have also declined, so you may be limited in how much money you can borrow.

What factors should be considered when thinking about a home equity loan?

  • Impact on Retirement Planning
  • Impact on Home Value
  • Quality of Investment
  • Necessity of Investment
  • Credit or Loan Alternatives
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