Risk is an inherent part of your stock investment portfolio, and lately it's been paying off. But that risk has a downside, too. Keith Akre, of Stillman Bank, explains. ...

With a 135-year history of serving the greater Rockford region, this community bank continues to pride itself on the fundamentals of good banking: relationships, service and the ability to respond to changing demands. ...

As the business climate changes in our region, enterprising individuals are preparing to spread their wings and grab new opportunities. Our region's commercial bankers stand at the ready to provide critical capital. ...

When it comes to selecting a financial professional, bank, attorney or insurance company, relationships matter. We’ve found some of the region’s top providers, who pride themselves on building trust. ...

When it comes to selecting a financial professional, bank, attorney or insurance company, relationships matter. We've found some of the region's top providers, who pride themselves on building trust. ...

Growth is happening in our region. However you choose to join the new markets that are springing up around our region, you're sure to need some help from committed lenders. ...

Meet a team of commercial bankers who determined to try a different approach to serving local businesses, and learn how they've found success during a challenging first decade. ...

Before beginning your new business or growing your current one, be sure you're prepared for everything that comes with your business loan. Jennifer Krutchen, of First National Bank & Trust, explains. ...

As the economy recovers, the bond market is susceptible to changes from interest rates and other factors. John P. Culhane, of Midland States Bank, suggests ways to protect your bond-related investments. ...

Despite waves of uncertainty in today’s marketplace, opportunities abound. Many small businesses and civic organizations are expanding operations or acquiring weaker competitors. Local marketing and finance professionals offer five things to consider before growing your enterprise. ...