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March 31, 2009

If the loss of a job has kept you from receiving necessary medical care due to a lack of health insurance, Walgreens may be able to help. The company has announced that it will offer free treatment for respiratory problems, allergies, infections, skin conditions, and other ailments at its Take Care ...

March 31, 2009

Indiana is planning to use stimulus funds to hire up to 2,000 young adults to help improve the state's parks, trails, and natural habitats according to the Indianapolis Star.The program is titled Young Hoosiers Conservation Corps and opportunities exist for people ages 16 to 24. The jobs will pay $8...

March 26, 2009

Jonnelle Marte of The Wall Street Journal wrote an article last week dubbing credit unions as a safe harbor amidst the current economic turmoil. She notes that credit unions generally offer higher interest rates for savings accounts and lower rates for loans when compared to most banks....

March 26, 2009

These two videos were produced by students at Walker Career Center, located next to Warren Central High School, in Indianapolis as part of a class project.http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/video/video.php?v=51080481946http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=51085351946To learn more about REALTune...

March 26, 2009

Jane Bryant Quinn, contributing editor to Newsweek, discusses how the NCUA and Financial Center insures your funds.http://www.ncua.gov/ShareInsurance/NCUA30.wmv...

March 25, 2009

Scott Thien of indystar.com posted a story today advising Indianapolis residents to keep their snow shovels close at hand. Snow? In March? Shovels?It's happened before. The National Weather Service, which has records back to 1884, says that the latest average date for measurable snowfall in Central ...

March 25, 2009

Recent media and government reports point to an identity theft threat for the nation's millions of cell phone users. The scam has been dubbed "smishing", a term derived from the SMS technology that's used for cell phone text messages.Although wireless telephone companies are working to blo...

March 25, 2009

Financial Center is sponsoring its 11th annual charity golf outing. This year's charity outing proceeds will support St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. In today's declining economy, societal needs are expanding rapidly straining the resources available at food pantries and soup kitchens in the Indiana...

March 24, 2009

Do you have an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) with another lender?Do you know when your first payment adjustment will be?Do you know what your new payment will be? Can you afford it?Many consumers opened an Adjustable Rate Mortgage and now it is time for those rates to adjust. Are you ready? Don't w...

March 23, 2009

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March 23, 2009

Today's News Now report from the Credit Union National Association had a report regarding how credit union membership has increased greatly in Scotland. Glasgow, Scotland's City Council reported that applications to join some credit unions in western Scotland has increased by 38% in the past six mon...

March 20, 2009

It is tax season. For some of us the work is done, our taxes filed, and the refund is already in our checkbook. For others it is a chore we dread and put off until the last moment. I could not procrastinate this year, I have a senior with plans for college in the fall. That meant completing tax...

March 20, 2009

One of the suggestions we received from a member this week is that the credit union should work on teaching people different ways that they can economize in order to save money. This is exactly the type of feedback we're seeking from our members. Keep the good ideas coming!I did a qui...

March 20, 2009

It's not too late to sign up for tomorrow's Financial Fitness seminar at our Main Center location. The seminar will take place from 9:00 am to Noon. Learn the basics of establishing a budget, expense control, and the wise use of credit. Give us a call today at 317.916.6250 or send an email to mhoste...

March 19, 2009

I am attending a forum today on this topic and I will give a review on the speaker, the topic and my thoughts. I hope you will share yours as well. Andre...

March 18, 2009

March Madness is here finally. One of my favorite parts of this time of year is filling out my tournament bracket. Even President Obama got in on the act this year. I enjoy rooting for the underdog teams and usually have a couple of upsets in my bracket. When an underdog beats a large school,&n...

March 18, 2009

One of the misconceptions I hear most often from people that are unfamiliar with credit unions is that they don't think they are eligible to join a credit union. Some credit unions are solely associated with certain companies or employer groups, but a large number of credit unions are available...

March 17, 2009

Each year, Financial Center sponsors community shred days at several of our locations. We invite members and anyone else in the community to visit our Centers on these days to get rid of any personal documents that they no longer need. Shredding these documents, as opposed to throwing them...

March 16, 2009

The Indianapolis Star reported this morning that ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will soon be building a new home for a needy family in Indianapolis. Construction will take place from March 29th to April 2nd somewhere in the Indianapolis area.I think it would be great if they had a similar show...

March 16, 2009

Financial Center will be hosting an educational seminar this weekend titled Financial Fitness.Understanding where your money goes is the first step in establishing a successful money management routine. Focusing on the establishment of a budget, expense control, and the wise use of credit will provi...

March 13, 2009

This week's question is one that I'm often asked by friends and family when I tell them that I work for a credit union.What's the difference between a bank and a credit union?There are many differences between these two types of financial institutions. One of the biggest differences is that cre...

March 12, 2009

The Big Ten Mens' Basketball Tournament tips off today in Indianapolis. Being an avid sports fan, I'm always excited when these great events come to our city. With the tournament this week, I'm rooting for my Indiana Hoosiers. For IU nation, it has been a rough season. I try and watch every game and...

March 09, 2009

We have become aware of several phishing attempts targeting members of the credit union and consumers in the Indianapolis area. These phishing attacks have been taking place over the past weekend.One of these attacks is being conducted via an automated voice message. The other attack is through a te...

March 06, 2009

Donna Rosato had an interesting article this week on CNNMoney.com. Here is what she said:"Some of the best deals today are in so-called reward checking accounts, which are offering annual percentage yields (APYs) of 4% to 6%. The highest yields are at small community banks and credit unions and...

March 06, 2009

Here is this week's question:What type of documentation is required to verify an address change to an account? Is it required to make an address change in person? Can it be requested that an address change must be done in person?I checked with Melody Stewart this morning about address chan...

March 05, 2009

Tomorrow I will be writing the second installment of Friday Feedback. I am still seeking out questions from our members and all our interested blog readers. Send in your questions to mhostetler@fcfcu.com and I'll answer them on the blog tomorrow.Thanks for reading!...

March 05, 2009

We still have seats available for Saturday's seminar titled Avoiding Fraud and ID Theft. Attend and learn information on a variety of methods you can use to avoid becoming a victim.The seminar will take place at our Main Center from 9:00 am to 10:30 am this Saturday (March 7th). To sign up, call our...

March 02, 2009

I look forward to the first business day of each month. It's always a busy time around the credit union. Reports from the previous month are tabulated, production figures are finalized, and we evaluate how well we performed for our members over the last month. However, the best part of the first bus...

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