Top Financial Practices for High School Graduates

Yay, you did it! Congratulations! Even though the school year didn’t end quite as planned, your hard work paid off! So, what’s next? Do you have a job lined up? Or is college or the military your next chapter? Either way, making sure you are prepared to make smart money decisions is important as you … Continue reading Top Financial Practices for High School Graduates

5 Ways to Find Financial Peace

From a broken-down appliance to a wrecked car or an unexpected medical expense, (not to mention the pandemic), financial stress is easy to find. But stressful money matters don’t have to keep you down for good. If you can find ways to move forward on your financial journey—even if it’s just changing your mentality—you’ll be … Continue reading 5 Ways to Find Financial Peace

Mortgage Rates Are Low, Now What?

Refinance your home! If you’ve had refinancing your mortgage on your mind, now may be the best time for you to take advantage of low mortgage rates. One of the main advantages of refinancing regardless of equity is reducing your interest rate which in return can have a profound effect on monthly payments, potentially saving … Continue reading Mortgage Rates Are Low, Now What?

Answers To Your Questions About Student Loans And Coronavirus

On March 27, 2020, the president signed the CARES Act into law, which, among other things, provides broad relief for federal student loan borrowers. So, what does this all mean for you? To help you better understand we compiled some questions and answers to help you better understand and see how this can actually help … Continue reading Answers To Your Questions About Student Loans And Coronavirus

Keeping Yourself Safe From Fraud and Scams

With the news about the coronavirus outbreak, we wanted to remind you that during media-intense events like this, cyber attackers try to take advantage of the situation. Don’t let them. Here are some popular scams to keep an eye out for:   Charity Scams.  During a crisis nonprofits and fundraisers are often called upon to … Continue reading Keeping Yourself Safe From Fraud and Scams

Five Myths About Wills and Probate

Most of us don't know a lot about the law of wills, trusts, or probate--after all, they're topics none of us really want to deal with. But we should all know the basics, and we should know enough to recognize common myths when we run across them. Here are a few misconceptions that keep coming … Continue reading Five Myths About Wills and Probate

I Missed A Payment, What Should I Do?

We get it. Life happens. But what should you do when you miss a loan payment or two? Fornisha, Julie, and Tracy are here to help you get back on track to avoid an auto loan repossession in this week’s vlog. Featuring: Fornisha, Julie, and Tracy with 1st Financial Federal Credit Union in St. Louis, … Continue reading I Missed A Payment, What Should I Do?

4 Smart Ways to Use A Home Equity Line of Credit

Do you own a home? Did you know that owning a home gives you additional options when you’re in need of additional funds? Besides just racking up higher interest debt on a credit card? A home equity line of credit could make your life a little easier. A home equity line of credit, also known … Continue reading 4 Smart Ways to Use A Home Equity Line of Credit

How to Financially Prepare for the Next Recession

Recent headlines might have you on edge. You can’t go a day without hearing that a recession is on the horizon. It’s hard to believe that it’s only been a little more than a decade since the recession of 2008. Back then I was still living at home with my parents and not financially taking … Continue reading How to Financially Prepare for the Next Recession

What is Overdraft Protection and Why is it Important?

Let’s face it — anyone can make an honest mistake. We may forget to make a deposit or forget that we paid for a bill ahead of time. There are several reasons why account holders may make a miscalculation or minor budget oversight — even for the most financially savvy among us. Thanks to the … Continue reading What is Overdraft Protection and Why is it Important?