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Kids and Computer Safety

March 29th, 2018

The security of your computer can affect the safety of your online experience — and your kids’. Talk to your kids about what they can do to help protect your computer and your family’s personal information.


Tech Support Scams

March 29th, 2018

Some scammers call and claim to be computer techs associated with well-known companies like Microsoft or Apple. Other scammers send pop-up messages that warn about computer problems. They say they’ve detected viruses or other malware on your computer. They claim to be “tech support” and will ask you to give them remote access to your computer. Eventually, they’ll diagnose a non-existent problem and ask you to pay for unnecessary – or even harmful – services.If you get an unexpected pop-up, call, spam email or other urgent message about problems with your computer, stop. Don’t click on any links, don’t give control of your computer and don’t send any money.


A Closer Look at Mobile Banking

March 29th, 2018

What’s new, how you can benefit, and how to protect yourself from security risks.


Heartland Bank and Trust Company Opens Chicago Lending Office

March 26th, 2018

CHICAGO, IL— Bloomington Illinois based Heartland Bank announced the April 9 opening of a lending office in the City of Chicago.


6 Home Renovations That Return the Most at Resale

March 14th, 2018

Trying to make your home “Flip or Flop”-worthy? Whether you plan on staying in your house for a few more years or you intend to sell soon, it’s wise to know which home renovations will generate the most resale value.


Staying the Course in a Varying Market

March 01st, 2018

“Those who live by the crystal ball are destined to eat broken glass.”


IRA Assessment

February 21st, 2018


Focus on Total Return

February 01st, 2018

Close your eyes and imagine Tampa Bay beach. Many elements probably come to mind – white sand, clear blue water, sun, perhaps a gentle salty breeze.


Bunching Charitable Gifts

January 21st, 2018

With the dramatic increase in the standard deduction in 2018, to $24,000 for married couples, many charities are worried that the tax incentive for donations will disappear, leading to lower gifts.


Retirement Planning After Tax Reform

January 21st, 2018

Several tax reform ideas affecting retirement planning were bandied about as the recent legislation was being prepared, including limits on deductible 401(k) contributions, elimination of “stretch IRAs,” and requiring minimum distributions from Roth IRAs, similar to the treatment of traditional IRAs. In the end, only one significant change made it into the final legislation, together with a few minor ones.