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Achieving Your Financial Goals through Home Equity

What to know about incorporating home equity into financial planning in the year ahead

For many, home renovation plans are among the first major considerations as spring fast approaches. And regardless of whether your plans entail one big project or rather access to a line of credit as you need it, home equity is one resource that can help get you there.... LEARN MORE

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It’s Not Too Late: Set Your Yearly Financial Goals

Set the Right Financial Goals for Yourself in the Year Ahead

While the traditional time for making New Year’s resolutions may have come and gone, it’s not too late to set goals for yourself – especially when it comes to your finances. Whether you’re looking to set some basic objectives for yourself to help you reach a savings goal, or looking to take the right steps to help you get set up for your future, now is the time to take a step back and hit reset.... LEARN MORE

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Widening the Focus

Understand the importance of taking a big-picture view of your finances

It’s no secret that millennials are taking over. If you fall into this generation, you’ve most likely heard all of the stereotypes and opinions about what makes you and your peers different from your predecessors. While most of these are gross generalizations rather than cold and hard truths, one trait is becoming increasingly difficult to deny.... LEARN MORE

Diverse Friends

Giving Credit Where Credit’s Due

Why it pays to understand your credit score and build good credit for your future

Did you know just one number could change the direction of your financial future? That number is your credit score – a rating that indicates your standing as a borrower and greatly influences a lender’s decision to extend credit to you. A good credit score provides increased opportunities to... LEARN MORE

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Beyond the Cloud: Protecting Physical Assets with Safe Deposit Boxes

How to make safe deposit boxes work for your lifestyle

Online storage may protect you from complete devastation if some of your files go missing. However, what would you do if you lost the necklace your grandmother gave you, the deed to your first house or hard copies of family photos passed down to you?... LEARN MORE

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Taking a Long-Term View at an Early Age

Understand the value of buying a home vs. renting for building long-term wealth

What is the right move for you, and when? It’s important to get smart about the positives – and challenges – of renting or buying a home to understand the best option for you at the right life stage... LEARN MORE

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Community Banks Make Customer Education of New Regulations a Priority

What Wisconsin Homebuyers Need to Know About TRID

If you’ve purchased or refinanced a home after October 3, 2015, you’ve been affected by the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) Rule, and chances are you probably didn’t realize it. The new rule offers... LEARN MORE

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Pre-approved and Ready to Go

Why the Mortgage Pre-approval Process Can Set You Up for Success When Buying a Home

With a larger number of buyers looking to purchase a smaller number of homes, it’s more critical than ever to enter the home buying process armed with the knowledge and tools needed to land your dream home. This can start with... LEARN MORE

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When It Comes To Saving For Your Future, Less Can Be More

Learn the importance of consolidating your retirement accounts

As a young professional, are you thinking about the retirement savings you need today to plan for the future? If not, you’re not alone.  While you are certainly years – rather, decades – away from retirement, it’s critical to take a look at your... LEARN MORE

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This Holiday Season, Think Outside the (Gift) Box

Explore How Gifting a 529 Plan Can Empower A Child’s Future

With the holiday season already underway, you might be looking for the perfect last minute gift to give a child in your life. With education costs rising every year, the perfect gift this year might just be a donation to a child’s educational future. LEARN MORE


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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Temples & Tombs Experience the exotic beauty of Indian art, architecture, and the Hindu religion during a tour of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett, IL; and then explore the wonders of ancient Egypt at the Gold Pyramid House in Wadsworth, IL. Between tours, we’ll travel to a forest preserve for a delicious, old-fashioned lunch break at The Savanna House Restaurant.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Aladdin Come with us as we travel to the Cadillac Palace Theater in Chicago, the setting for Disney’s timeless story of ALADDIN, the thrilling new musical production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy, and breathtaking spectacle. It is an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Great Gardens Put on your walking shoes and be prepared to take in the breathtaking beauty of Nature at her best while enjoying the Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville and Olbrich Gardens in Madison. Along the way to Olbrich Gardens, we’ll stop in Fitchburg to fuel up on a lunch of hearty pub fare at the Great Dane Brew Pub. Bring your cameras!