Calling all Consumers – Be Aware of Phone Scams

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Most of the time, unsolicited calls (like those from telemarketers) are simply annoying, but it’s important to recognize when the call is a scam. Recently, there have been an increasing number of illegal calls with a scam artist or even “robocaller,” a recorded voice, on the other end trying to get consumers to answer “yes” …

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Should I Invest in a Roth IRA or a Traditional IRA?

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There is no easy answer to this question. An individual retirement account (IRA) is a personal savings plan that offers specific tax incentives to encourage you to save for retirement. Currently, there are two types of retirement IRAs, Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs, and they share certain general characteristics. Both feature tax-deferred growth of earnings …

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Five Reasons You Need to Protect Yourself with Renter’s Insurance

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If you’re renting a home, condo, townhouse, or apartment now or plan to in the future, here are some insurance tips to consider. Renter’s insurance will cover the cost of belongings lost in a fire due to lightning, a windstorm or hailstorm. Losing your belongings in a fire or storm can be devastating. Luckily, those …

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Morning, Noon or Night…Do Your Banking Anytime and Anywhere with the New Michigan First App!

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While enjoying summer, whether it’s relaxing at the beach or lounging by the pool, remember you can do your banking from your phone or tablet, wherever you are! The new Michigan First mobile app saves you time, money and gas because you don’t have to visit a branch or call us to do your banking. …

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Five Life Changes to Tell Your Insurance Agent About

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Life is constantly changing, but what does that mean for your insurance needs? Surely they don’t change that often, do they? You might be surprised that an annual review of your insurance policies could provide strategic changes to either enhance your policy or save you money. Here are a few life events that typically warrant …

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Get in the Fast Lane with a Pre-Approved Auto Loan

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There are few things more frustrating than finding the car of your dreams and waiting days or even weeks for your loan to be approved. A pre-approved auto loan can help ease the stress of purchasing a new ride. Starting the car buying process the smart way, by applying for a pre-approved auto loan, will …

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Online Payday Loan Fraud on the Rise

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It’s important for consumers to be aware of the latest tactics criminals are using to steal personal information and money. Recently, there has been an increase in online payday loan fraud. Payday loans are small, short-term loans typically used by those who quickly need cash, but this solution comes at a high cost, including very …

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Four Steps to Build a Strong Financial Foundation

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Most people have good intentions about saving money and investing for the future. It’s easy to think that you will begin to save and invest when you reach a more comfortable income level, but the longer you put it off, the harder it will be to accumulate the amount you may need for an emergency …

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The New Michigan First Mobile: Save Time, Money and Gas While Banking

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Michigan First is in the business of serving people and supporting communities. That’s why we’re always looking for ways to save you time and money. It’s our responsibility. To that end, we’re excited to release an enhanced version of our mobile banking app, Michigan First Mobile, with a fresh look and new features, now available …

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How to Recover After a Financial Setback

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  We’ve all been there. Financial disasters happen. You may have lost your job, gotten into an accident, or a number of other things. Disasters take a toll on your finances and your well-being. It might take some time but it is possible to rebound and get back on track. Take a Deep Breath – …

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