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Recent Posts

Why Interest Rates Fluctuate

Posted by Katie Koke on Mar 16, 2020 11:00:00 AM

If you’ve taken out a mortgage, auto loan, or even just own a credit card then there’s a good chance that you intimately understand the fundamentals of interest rates. This is how it works, you borrow x amount of money that you pay back over an agreed upon period of time. Now because the creditor or financial institution is in essence fronting you money that you don’t have at the moment, then in return you pay the money back in installments at an agreed upon percentage. 

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Topics: rates, economics, inflation

Four Tips for Managing your Finances during a Pandemic.

Posted by Katie Koke on Mar 11, 2020 2:15:17 PM

With the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across New York State, the country and the world, now more than ever we have been challenged to find new ways to mitigate the spread of the virus. This includes the way we do everyday activities including banking. To help you navigate the coronavirus pandemic, here are four ways you can manage your finances from the comfort of your home.

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Topics: #news, #important

5 Tips for Safe Online Shopping

Posted by Katie Koke on Mar 2, 2020 11:00:00 AM

5 Online Shopping Safety Tips to Use Every Day

As technology advances, online shopping continues to grow in popularity for people across the globe.

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Topics: online tips, tips, safety

Social Security, Explained

Posted by Katie Koke on Feb 17, 2020 11:00:00 AM

When you get paid, there are 2 programs that you pay into as mandated by the federal government: Medicaid and Social Security (also known as FICA). There’s no doubt that you’ve noticed this pulled from your paycheck every pay period, and of the two programs Social Security is by a significant margin the more expensive, with the current withholding rate sitting at 6.2% of your gross income--compared to the 1.45% withheld for Medicare. 

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How Banking Changed in the 2010s

Posted by Katie Koke on Feb 3, 2020 11:00:00 AM

This decade has been ten years of significant technological change, continuing the trend that started in the 1960s, accelerated rapidly during the 1980s, and into the 2000s. One huge piece of that change which has been dubbed by some as the “Information Revolution”, has been the integration of communications devices into day to day life on a near-constant basis. Personal computers are frequently the device we work on every day, and we spend much of our free time on mobile devices utilizing apps, sending texts, or checking emails. This technology is nearly all-encompassing and has touched nearly every person and industry in the world--and banking is no different. 

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Long Term Budgeting: Planning Past the Present

Posted by Katie Koke on Jan 20, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Successful budgeting can be difficult, even when you’re only thinking about things on a month-to-month basis. Things can get overwhelming when you start thinking about budgeting in the long-term for bigger expenses. For example, like a future home, paying for college, or retirement- in the future. But it doesn’t have to be! In fact, long term budgeting isn’t fundamentally all that different than short-term budgeting; it just requires a little bit more work and commitment. Here are a few tips for creating a long-term budgeting plan that can keep you on track for those big purchases you want to make down the line. 

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Topics: Member Resources, budgeting, planning

5 Good Spending Habits to Bring Into 2020

Posted by Katie Koke on Jan 6, 2020 11:00:00 AM

There are many ways you can incorporate proper spending habits into your lifestyle! Increasing your salary and putting away money into savings aren't the only ways to do so. Learning when you should spend and how you should spend it will influence your ability to reach your financial goals. With a little discipline you can set yourself up to these five good spending habits to carry yourself into the new year. 

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Cryptocurrency Explained

Posted by Katie Koke on Jan 6, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Cryptocurrency had a groundswell of popularity as a part of the cultural conversation about our rapidly shifting digital era a few years ago, and continues to be a topic of conversation today. Perceptions of cryptocurrency vary: the rise of the so-called “self-made billionaires” who were early investors in cryptocurrency like Bitcoin had some proclaiming that this new form of digital finance was the currency of the future, while others view it as nothing more than a fad. 

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Topics: cryptocurrency, bitcoin

How to Budget for the Holidays

Posted by Katie Koke on Dec 16, 2019 11:00:00 AM

The holidays can be a great time of year. Spending time with friends, family and other loved ones and celebrating one another before the year turns over can be valuable experiences. Still, despite the best intentions it’s no secret that the holidays also come with a particularly heightened amount of stress often spurred by the financial burden linked to this time of year. 

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Lump Sum vs. Installments: Which Makes Sense for You?

Posted by Katie Koke on Dec 9, 2019 11:00:00 AM

When it comes to footing the bill on larger expenses there are usually two routes that you can go: you can pay in a lump sum (one large payment) or in installments of payments (usually on a monthly basis.) Each has certain benefits and certain drawbacks. While they are available options for each person your own personal money situation will be the biggest determinant in whether or not you are choosing to pay off an expense as a lump sum or in smaller installations. But how do you know which makes the most sense for you? 

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Topics: Member Resources, budgeting