How much should I be saving?

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Savings. It’s a word that evokes mixed feelings from each and every one of us. On one hand, we all know we should be doing it—allocating a percentage of each paycheck into your savings account helps you not only prepare for retirement, vacations, and hobbies, but also prepare for unexpected expenses. On the other hand, saving money is just plain difficult. You may not be able to put a flat amount into your savings each month, or you might just…

Top reasons to bank local

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Banking Local: How Local Banks Assist Your Business Taking your money to a national or worldwide bank has its advantages. These banks have often pioneered advancements in banking technology. They also offer an extremely wide array of financial services, sometimes including stock trading and peer-to-peer banking. But for all their pros, there are many more cons. It can sometimes take hours to get on the phone with a representative. Don’t even think about talking to a personal financial advisor that’s…