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April 29, 2009

The features of the transfer options in Financial Center Online allow even complex transfer instructions to be managed by the member. Offered to all members by Finance Center, an Indianapolis Credit Union.A unique transfer offered by Financial Center Online is the Automated Distribution. This Accoun...

April 29, 2009

I have had many students at our student location in Walker Career Center where they could do their banking business during the summer.  Luckily, Financial Center is part of Shared Branching.  Therefore, if you are not near one of our Financial Center locations, there are many Indianapolis ...

Category: Money Smart
April 28, 2009

In a continuing series on money literacy, this post covers the basics of transfer functions.Once the notifications are established the next step in how to manage money is to setup and configure funds transfers. There are 3 basic transfer types. Manual transfers, Scheduled transfers, and Reoccurring ...

April 27, 2009

Gerri Willis of CNNMoney.com recently told readers how best to avoid fees charged by banks. On her list of remedies for combatting these fees...join a credit union. Here's what she said:"Stop going to banks. Join a credit union instead. Credit unions generally have lower fees and higher saving ...

April 24, 2009

Last year I was on a "Traditional" health plan. I was paying $54.00 a month for premiums. I paid about $ 2,500 in co pays. Plus I paid taxes on the  money I used to pay my co pays.  In reality it cost me $3935 for health insurance in 2008.This year I am on a High Deductible Healt...

April 24, 2009

One of the things that I enjoy about working in the credit union industry is its cooperative culture. I have been able to go to numerous meetings around the country where I exchange stories and advice with other marketing professionals who work for credit unions. Everyone is always wi...

April 23, 2009

Tara Turner is a Financial Literacy Manager with Finance Center Federal Credit Union.  She started with the credit union in November 2001 as a teller and worked through college as a teller during her breaks.  In May 2005 she returned as a Personal Sales and Service Manager, and in August 2...

Category: Money Smart
April 22, 2009

Tourism officials in Indianapolis today announced the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association's new tourism slogan: Raising the game.I like the new slogan. It incorporates the city's love for sports and eagerness to host new events. It also shows that the city is trying to gain status as an...

April 22, 2009

Today is Earth Day and that has generated a lot of conversation in the media about the best ways to "go green" and lead a more eco-friendly life. There are numerous tips on how to accomplish this. Here are a few ways to make your banking with Financial Center more "gree...

April 22, 2009

Jamie Davidson is one of three Financial Literacy Managers with the credit union.  He has been with Finance Center since June of 2008.  Jamie's duties include running a student kiosk at Arsenal Tech High School and teaching today's youth about financial literacy.Jamie is a graduate of Ball...

April 21, 2009

The first piece of this puzzle is determining what events and thresholds should trigger a notification. This notification will alert that action may be necessary in an account. Both balance and transaction thresholds should be used to monitor and manage account balances. Balance thresholds notify th...

April 21, 2009

With the proliferation of online banking, the question is no longer “Can I manage my account balances?” Now the question is “What is the best way to manage my account balances?” My short answer is: it depends on what your online system will allow.I have some experience with o...

April 20, 2009

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April 20, 2009

One of the services that we offer our members here at the credit union is the ability to purchase VISA gift cards at each of our Centers. A gift card can be a great gift for the graduate in your family. We offer these cards in any amount up to $750. The minimum gift card amount is $25 and each gift ...

April 20, 2009

Haylee Teeple is the Financial Literacy Manager for the J. Everett Light Career Center location.  Haylee manages a full service student branch inside the career center.  Haylee is also responsible for teaching financial education classes and seminars, working with students to hel...

April 15, 2009

Member Services recently learned of several phishing attempts via text messages. The texts are claiming to be from Financial Center and are falsely alerting members to a security breach involving their debit cards. These text messages direct members to call 1.877.220.4196. This is an attempt to soli...

April 15, 2009

One of our most successful products at the credit union is our health savings account. Since today is Tax Day, I wanted to point out how an HSA can contribute to your tax savings. HSAs provide tax deductions when you contribute to your account, tax-free earnings through investment and tax-free withd...

April 13, 2009

I worked for Radio Shack prior to moving into financial services and they had this tagline of "Demystifing Technology" for obvious reasons the term never caught on but their intent was sound. They wanted to take the mystery and F.U.D. (fear uncertainty and doubt) out of consumer electronic...

April 13, 2009

We're celebrating National Credit Union Youth Week all month long at each of our Centers in Indianapolis. One of the promotions we're running is a coloring contest. Youth 10 and under can enter the coloring drawing to win a Money Savvy Piggy Bank. All entrants will have the picture that they co...

April 10, 2009

If you're searching for a financial institution in Indianapolis where you're more than just an account number, visit Financial Center. Learn more on our website at www.fcfcu.com or give us a call at 317.916.7700....

April 10, 2009

 Barbara Fulk is a Business Development Officer for the Credit Union. She has been with Financial Center since July 2008, but has spent over 20 years in the industry. Barbara’s main responsibilities include, growing new membership, community development, educating our members about differ...

April 10, 2009

Students ages 11 to 14 should take advantage of a free seminar on Saturday, April 18th at our Main Center location. The seminar is titled Youth Financial Management. Students, and their parents, will learn about personal budgets, savings and checking accounts, keeping a balanced checkbook, and plann...

April 09, 2009

One of the requirements for our Reward Checking and REALTunes Checking accounts is that members receive e-statements. Here's how to do it.Log in to online banking at www.fcfcu.com.On the left hand side of the screen, select Preferences.Select e-Statement Selection.Choose the appropriate option.Once ...

April 09, 2009

Each one of our 39,000 credit union members is different. Each has unique financial needs and a different set of products that they utilize. We recognize this at Financial Center and create products with those varying needs in mind.We currently offer four retail checking accounts.Rewa...

April 09, 2009

I was excited to hear this morning that the United States Postal Service is introducing a set of stamps honoring America's most beloved cartoon family, The Simpsons. USPS is giving everyone the chance to vote for their favorite stamp until May 14th.I like the designs. They are colorful, bright, and ...

April 09, 2009

I see Twitter being used in more and more places as it starts to catch on with more people. Did you know that Financial Center is partaking in the latest social media phenomenon? You can follow us on Twitter here.Don't know what Twitter is? Here's a good explanation from Wikipedia....

April 09, 2009

One of the best features of our online banking system at www.fcfcu.com is the ability to open new deposit accounts. Here's how to do it.Log in to our online banking system at www.fcfcu.com.Select Account Services on the left hand side.Select Open Account.This will allow you to open share certificate...

April 08, 2009

With the economy in the state it is in I have seen many more companies turning to High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP). With companies trying to cut costs, benefits are one of the first items to be sacrificed. I predict in the future even more will convert to the HDHP.  In an effort to keep cost...

April 07, 2009

There is still time to reserve your seat for this year's Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held on April 14th in Indianapolis. It will be at the Hilton Indianapolis North located at 8181 North Shadeland Avenue in front of Community North Hospital. Light refreshments will be served beginning at 5:3...

April 07, 2009

Warmer temperatures are hopefully ahead for the Indianapolis area. With the spring and summer seasons approaching, your air conditioning will be pivotal to keeping your home cool. However, the additional use of your AC can lead to higher energy bills and a possible strain on your family's budget. He...

April 06, 2009

Greg Schmeisser is the VP of Information Systems at the credit union. Greg joined Finance Center in 1996 and is responsible for all technological initiatives.Greg’s background includes 13 years of prior experience (programming, design, and management) in a small software company and a degree i...

April 06, 2009

One easy way to save money is to be proactive in finding the best possible gas prices. By observing the gas stations you pass to and from work each day, you can notice trends and evaluate where the best place is for you to fill up. One great website that I found to help you find the best gas prices ...

April 03, 2009

There is no shortage of advice out there on how to handle your personal finances and the best ways to get rich quick. A search on Amazon reveals 4,670 books on the topic. The truth is that there is no legitimate get rich quick scheme that actually will make you more wealthy. The only way t...

April 02, 2009

A little humor never hurt during these rough economic times. If you need help fixing your own financial situation, let Financial Center get you back on track. Visit our website at www.fcfcu.com or give us a call at 317.916.7700. We're here to help Indianapolis! ...

April 02, 2009

Our credit union has been doing business in Indianapolis since 1953. Over the last 56 years, we've had the pleasure of serving many Indianapolis residents and others in Marion County. As of the end of March, we had 39,446 members at the credit union. Our membership is growing each day with individua...

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