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7 Ways To Use Your Tax Refund

Tax time. It’s a headache. But if you’re one of the 70 percent of US taxpayers receiving a tax refund averaging nearly $3,000, that refund check makes it all worth it. So how do you make that refund work for you? Tax season is the perfect time to hit the reset button on your finances. Your refund can help put … Continue reading

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How To Be A Savvy Giver This Holiday Season

We’re big fans of giving. Giving time, giving help, giving money. But it’s that last one that deserves some warning. Do you know where your charity dollars are going? How do you know they are reaching the cause that touches your heart? Take a minute to review a few helpful tips from the American Bankers Association on how to be … Continue reading

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3 Tips For Strong Passwords

Wait…what’s my password again? It happens to all of us. But as inconvenient as remembering multiple passwords to multiple online accounts can be, using something as generic as “Password123” isn’t always the safest alternative. In fact, creating strong passwords is one of the best ways to keep your personal information safe from scammers. Here are three simple tips from the … Continue reading

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Equifax Data Breach: What You Need To Know

At Horicon Bank, our goal is to keep you informed on recent scams, data breaches and all other forms of fraud that might threaten your personal information. If you haven’t heard of the Equifax Data Breach yet, here are a few quick facts: At this time, it is estimated that 142 million Americans had their personal information exposed during this … Continue reading

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Horicon Bank Originals: Grace Bruins

Our Horicon Bank Originals Series is back! This time we’re telling the story of New Media Marketing Officer Grace Bruins in her role at Horicon Bank.  

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5 Things To Do Before Buying Your First Home

If you’re ready to take the leap from renter to homeowner, one of the most complicated parts of the process can be securing a home loan. Here are some ways to improve the financing you’ll get and other helpful tips for buying your home. 1. Check your credit report You can receive free annual credit reports from the three major … Continue reading

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Tax Time Scammers Are Here. Are You Ready?

Tax time is here and so are the tax time scams. Are you prepared to protect yourself and your identity? Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week was created to help tax payers recognize the risks of identity theft when filing their taxes and give helpful tips to prevent it. Tax identity theft happens when someone files a phony tax return using your … Continue reading

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Don’t Get Scammed By Skimmers

Scammers may be getting trickier, but banks are also getting smarter. And you can be smart too when you visit an ATM with your debit card. Law enforcement agencies are seeing an increase in ATM skimming – attaching a small device to an ATM to read and steal a card’s magnetic stripe data. By stealing this data, a scammer can … Continue reading

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5 Smart Ways To Use Your Tax Refund

Nearly 8 out of 10 U.S. tax filers will receive a federal tax refund this year. As millions of Americans await reimbursement from Uncle Sam, The American Bankers Association has put together five easy tips for making the most of your tax refund.  1. Save for emergencies. Open or add to a savings account that serves as an “emergency fund.” Ideally, … Continue reading

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Talking IRAs

We sat down with Trish LaBlanc, our Horicon Bank Retirement Account Specialist for a quick Q and A about IRAs. Why should I open an IRA? Trish:   An Individual Retirement Account, or IRA, is an excellent opportunity to save money for retirement and to receive valuable tax benefits. IRAs are established with the intent of earning interest and saving for … Continue reading

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