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Interest Rate Hikes and Your Financial Goals

4 Ways Interest Rate Hikes Can Affect Your Finances – and How to Manage it Inflation is affecting many areas of our lives – whether you’re at the grocery store, a gas station, buying clothes online, hiring a contractor or doing almost anything that requires you to spend money. Earlier this year, the Federal Reserve started raising interest rates …

Happy 10th Birthday, Stroll on State

Illinois Bank & Trust Announces 3-Year Extension of Presenting Sponsorship for Rockford’s Beloved Holiday Celebration ROCKFORD, IL – June 14, 2022 – As the event prepares to celebrate its tenth birthday, the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce Illinois Bank & Trust has extended its presenting sponsorship …

Bank of Blue Valley Bolsters Commercial Banking Team with Two New Hires

Growing group of local, veteran Commercial bankers has 173 years of combined experience in Kansas City metro banking Overland Park, KS – June 21, 2022 — Bank of Blue Valley announces the expansion of its commercial banking team, hiring new talent and the “next generation” of leaders as part of the company’s ongoing growth in the greater Kansas …

Do Your Short-Term Financial Goals Match Your Long-Term Investment Plans?

While planning your short-term goals, it is always a good idea to take stock of how these shorter-term plans align with your long-term financial goals. Read more here on how to keep things on track with your short-term financial goals. Like most people, you probably have some short-term financial goals in mind. Perhaps you’ve got your eye on a …

What Type of Investor Are You? Take the Investment Character Quiz!

What type of investor are you? Do you prefer to play it safe? Are you looking to take more risks? Do you dive into market research, or do you trust your gut? Let’s find out... What if we told you your investment strategy likely parallels your personality? Your day-to-day decision-making is a great "jumping-off point" for determining what type of …