Rebalance Your Investment Portfolio

COUNTRY Financial representative Steve Blachford shares three tips to help you maintain the value of your investment holdings.

What Golf Can Teach You About Retirement Planning

The game of golf isn’t so dissimilar from planning your retirement. Discover some important strategies that can help you to keep your own plans on par.

2016 Guide to Professional Services Providers

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.

Positive Signals Indicate a Year of Growth

Around our region, sprigs of new business growth are leafing out. Discover what projects are in the works and what key metrics point to a good year for economic development.

Beware of Following the Herd in Finance

Avoid this common pitfall when making your next investment decision. Steve Schou of Klass Financial explains the problem with herd behavior and how to avoid it.

Success Story: Forthright Financial Planning

Chad Henry builds a close relationship with clients, and his process of managing a investments has helped him to build a solid reputation. Learn how he’s become a trusted coach for many who are planning retirement.

A Guideline for Business Loan Preparation

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.

Caution! Bonds Can Suffer Losses, Too

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.

Success Stories: WillowBend Alpaca Farms

We’ve all heard of woolen stocking and sweaters, but thanks to an inventive couple and a homespun industry, alpacas may be the next big thing. See why this farm inspires others to make an alternative investment.