Risks and Benefits of Treasury Bonds

April 17, 2024 by First Federal Bank

A strong investment portfolio incorporates a variety of assets, and many people have found that Treasury bonds can be a worthwhile source of alternate income. But, even Treasury bonds aren’t without their risks.Advantage: Low risk of defaultBecause Treasury bonds are backed by the U.S. government and have a high credit quality, most investment...

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What to Look For in a Savings Account

April 10, 2024 by First Federal Bank

Finding a savings account sounds simple enough — after all, you’re just looking for a safe place to store and grow your money. However, to make the most of your savings, it’s important to keep an eye out for a good interest rate along with hidden fees, balance requirements, and other factors that can complicate your financial management. Here’s a...

Topics: Personal Banking, Financial Education

Expert Advice for Talking to Kids About Money

April 03, 2024 by First Federal Bank

April is National Financial Literacy Month, a great time to start teaching your children about money. There are important life lessons you can impart at every age, and the earlier you begin, the better. Whether you want to cover the basics, delve into more complex topics, or simply get the conversation started, there are many ways you can approach...

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Slowing Food Inflation is Good News for Consumers

April 01, 2024 by First Federal Bank

Food prices have been on a roller coaster ride over the past several years. The grocery store is one of the first and most noticeable places consumers feel the sting of inflation. The same is true of restaurant pricing. Over the past few years, consumers have responded by changing their eating and spending habits, limiting purchases of certain...

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A Way to Save for Your Next Vacation You May Not Have Considered

March 27, 2024 by First Federal Bank

Summer will be here before you know it. And with Spring Break in the rearview mirror, you may be looking for your next travel options. Whether you have a summer trip booked already, or are in the planning stages, the first thing you need to do is make sure you have the funds to pay for it.

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The Ins and Outs of Itemizing Your Deductions

March 20, 2024 by First Federal Bank

When filing your income taxes, you have the option to take the standard deduction or to itemize your deductions. Itemizing allows you to claim specific expenses individually, potentially leading to a higher tax refund or lower tax liability. So while itemizing can be more time-consuming than taking the standard deduction, it can be financially...

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Life Insurance Explained: Difference Between Cash Value vs. Death Benefit

March 13, 2024 by First Federal Bank

A life insurance policy is critical for protecting your loved ones after your death, but you can also leverage it while you’re alive. That’s because policies offer two distinct benefits: cash value and death benefit. Understanding the differences between the two can help you pick the best policy and take better advantage of it.What is cash value?

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Tips for Keeping Your Tax Documents Organized

March 06, 2024 by First Federal Bank

Preparing your taxes is easier when you have everything you need at your fingertips or accessible on your computer. Searching for receipts, records, or required documents will quickly erode your resolve and temperament when you’re trying to work through your taxes. Here are a few tips to help you organize your tax documents so you can make the...

Topics: Small Business, Financial Education

Tips for Paying Off Your Student Loan

February 28, 2024 by First Federal Bank

Student loans can be a heavy financial burden. However, there are a few simple tips to help you chip away at your debt faster. Here’s a look at a few strategies to help you set yourself on a quicker path toward financial freedom:Go above the minimum paymentMaking a bigger monthly payment may require sacrificing some of your disposable income, but...

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Ways You Can Diversify Your Portfolio

February 21, 2024 by First Federal Bank

All investing exposes you to a certain level of risk. Committing all your money to a narrow range of stocks, bonds, or other assets is especially perilous, exposing your portfolio to the market’s volatility and making it less resilient — and potentially hampering growth as well. However, diversification is a good way to keep one poor-performing...

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