Why We Choose to ‘Buy Local’

We can think of many reasons to buy local, from the feel-good to the economically good. Here’s an argument for why supporting locally owned businesses can boost our region’s economic health.

Milestones: Rockford Bank & Trust Celebrates 10 Years

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.

What You Should Know About Retirement in 2015 & Beyond

Are you carefully preparing your retirement investments so that they’re aligned with your needs and goals? Curt Vorachek, of Sikich LLP, suggests a few ideas for successfully planning your retirement.

Do Women and Men Invest Differently?

The two genders behave differently in many ways, including their investment strategies. Mike Donnelly, of Edward Jones Investments, explains how men and women invest, and how you can use that knowledge to make smart decisions.

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.

MembersAlliance Marks 75th Anniversary

Born out of a small group of Sundstrand employees, this credit union has grown into a strong financial resource for many in our region.

Seven Strategies for Saving

Are you financially prepared for the future? Failing to save enough money could impact the quality of your retirement or your ability to recover from disaster. David Zierke, State Farm agent, offers some helpful ideas for stashing cash.

Employee or Independent Contractor?

Many businesses are relying on contract workers to get things done and reduce overhead expenses. But does your contractor qualify as an employee? Jennifer Lollino of Sickich LLP explains.

Spring’s A Great Time to Review Financial Goals

Do you remember the last time you reviewed your financial goals and your portfolio? Matthew Henry of Sikich Financial suggests a few ways to improve your investments by reevaluating your goals.

Finding Yield Amid Low Interest Rates

When interest rates are at historic lows, investors need to reexamine their short- and long-term needs. Jeffry Trad, of Midland Financial Strategies, suggests several questions investors should consider.