Year-end Charitable Gifts

Year-end Charitable Gifts

December 6, 2018

           With the holiday season already upon us and the calendar year rapidly winding to a close, it is once again time to start thinking about gift-giving–from presents for family and loved ones to charitable contributions made to nonprofit organizations. In the wake of last year’s year-end tax changes, however, you may want to consider …

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SBA Touts its Lending Momentum

SBA Touts its Lending Momentum

December 6, 2018

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently announced its lending numbers for fiscal year 2018 (FY18), highlighting that it guaranteed more than $30 billion to small businesses that it says would not have had access to capital otherwise. “We are providing tools, resources and access to capital for America’s 30 million small businesses, and our …

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Tackle Estate Planning

Tackle Estate Planning

November 19, 2018

It has been more than 230 years since poet Robert Burns wrote the words “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry,” yet the phrase remains with us today. While things don’t always go the way we plan, when it comes to your financial and healthcare future, you need to make a …

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Get Your Specific FICO Score Before Borrowing

Get Your Specific FICO Score Before Borrowing

November 19, 2018

If you’ve ever applied for a loan or credit, you are probably aware of the importance of your credit score –the three-digit number used to measure how likely you are to pay back what you borrow.  What you may not be aware of is that you have multiple credit scores specific to different types of …

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Stop Fraud Colorado!

Stop Fraud Colorado!

November 19, 2018

As part of wishing you a happy holiday season, Alpine Bank wants to share some tips from the Colorado Attorney General on how to keep your holiday fraud free. Unfortunately, this time of year provides opportunities for unscrupulous individuals to take advantage of our generous natures. Be alert for charity scams, identity theft and different …

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Making Your Accounts More Secure

Making Your Accounts More Secure

October 5, 2018

Here are six Cyber Security tips to make your accounts even more secure: TIP #1 – Multi-Factor authentication and notifications Enabling login notifications, account notifications, and multi-factor authentication on all of your accounts can greatly reduce the effects of your password getting compromised. • Turn on Login notifications. • Enable multi-factor authentication or one-time passcodes …

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Small Businesses Pleased With Business Conditions

Small Businesses Pleased With Business Conditions

October 5, 2018

CNBC and SurveyMonkey recently announced results from their quarterly small business survey. Every quarter, the two organizations poll over 2,000 small business owners to “measure the vitality of the American economy,” and get a sense of how small business owners view the current landscape. Fifty-eight percent of small business owners believe overall conditions are good. …

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Retirement Planning: Professional Help Can Pay Off

Retirement Planning: Professional Help Can Pay Off

October 5, 2018

Gone are the days when retirement meant the ability to live comfortably off payouts from a pension plan and Social Security benefits. People are living longer, increasing the odds that the average retiree will face significant medical expenses or long-term care. Planning for retirement has become more important than ever. According to the U.S. Census …

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Small Business Perks Top Pay Raises

Small Business Perks Top Pay Raises

September 19, 2018

SCORE, a network of volunteer business mentors, recently released a survey indicating that perks may be more important to small business workers than making more money. Four out of five employees indicated that they prefer benefits or perks to a pay raise. According to SCORE, employers are keen on this concept as well. Still, 42 …

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Life Stages Affect Your Finances

Life Stages Affect Your Finances

September 19, 2018

For the average five-year-old, five dollars from the tooth fairy seems like a lot of money. Once children grow up and begin to have an understanding about what things cost, five dollars is no longer quite as impressive. The stages of our lives determine how we value money and how we look at saving it. …

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