Considering an Early Retirement Offer: Should You Take It?

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In today’s corporate environment, where cost cutting, restructuring, and downsizing are the norm, many employers are offering their employees early retirement packages. As you near retirement age, you may find yourself confronted with an offer from your employer for early retirement. Your employer may refer to the offer as a “golden handshake” or a “golden …

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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In recognition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October, here are tips from StopThinkConnect.org about safely using mobile devices. It’s important to remember our phones store a great deal of personal information and we must use them wisely to protect it. The first step is to STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Stop: Make sure security measures …

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Bank Using Our Michigan First Mobile App to Save Time and Money

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Sometimes it feels like you’re always on the go, and balancing family, work, school and activities can be a bit challenging at times! If you’re searching for ways to make life easier when schedules are packed, download the Michigan First Mobile app to save yourself time, money and gas. The app allows you to do …

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Buying A Car: New or Used?

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  Buying a car can be stressful and even a bit overwhelming. Before you even start to look for some new wheels, though, you need to make a decision: new or used? Here are some things to consider when making your decision. ADVANTAGES OF BUYING A NEW CAR Customization. You can pretty much get whatever you …

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How to Teach Your Kids About Money

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You thought there would be more time. But your oldest just finished driver’s ed and wants to buy a car. You don’t even get to the cost of insurance part of your argument when you realize you’d lost him at interest rate. Your straight “A” student can barely make change. What happened? Blame invisible money. …

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Insurance in Your 30s: What do You Need?

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Your thirties are an exciting time. You might have found a promising career, bought the perfect home or started a family. Your thirties are also an ideal time to shop for insurance. Navigating the ins and outs of the insurance world can get tricky, though, if you don’t have the right information. Here’s what you …

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Auto Insurance Terms You Need to Know

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Whether your vehicle is for your business or your home, your auto insurance policy is sure to be riddled with confusing jargon. That’s why Michigan First Insurance Agency is here to help you understand your insurance policy every step of the way. Learn the basics of auto insurance with this glossary: At Fault: The party that …

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How to Decide if You Need a New Car

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When the new model year rolls out it can be tempting to head to the dealership and sign for a new car. But now might not be the best time. So when is a good time to buy a car? It’s different for everyone. Here are a few questions to see if it’s the right …

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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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