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Beverly Strickland Appointed as Assistant Vice President with Centier Bank

Beverly-Strickland-Appointed-as-Assistant-Vice-President-with-Centier-BankMichael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, is pleased to announce the appointment of Beverly Strickland as Assistant Vice President with Centier Bank.

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Marc Ruiz of Oak Partners, Mind on Money: April is financial literacy month

Marc-Ruiz April is national financial literacy month. A topic near and dear to my heart. If I had to give America a financial literacy grade I would say we have a solid C+, but I believe we are trending higher. The very fact we have a high-profile financial literacy month is encouraging in its own right.

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Take Charge and Build Your Credit with First Trust Credit Union

Take-Charge-and-Build-Your-Credit-with-First-Trust-Credit-UnionPut your tax return & savings to work for you!

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Check Your Credit Score for Free with First Trust Credit Union

Check-Your-Credit-Score-for-Free-with-First-Trust-Credit-UnionNow you can view your credit score anywhere, anytime... for free!

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Cracking Open Economics: Lessons from the Price of Eggs

Benjamin-F-Edwards-Co-Brings-Client-First-Service-and-Informed-Investment-Advice Have you bought a carton of eggs lately? If so, you might have been pleasantly surprised to see how inexpensive they are these days. As of this writing, they’re averaging a 48% national price drop from two years ago.

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Marc Ruiz of Oak Partners, Mind on Money: Down to the wire on reducing 2018 tax burden

Marc-Ruiz With April 15 fast approaching, we are getting down to the wire on taking steps to potentially reduce your tax bill. As I mentioned in the column a couple of weeks ago, almost immediately following the Tax Reform and Jobs Act of 2017, the government immediately adjusted tax withholding tables in an effort to make the effects of the tax reduction immediately felt in paychecks.

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Tudor Floors and More Carpet One celebrates 50 years with grand re-opening


For 50 years, Tudor Floors and More Carpet One has kept houses across the Region stylish and practical with their catalog of floors, carpets, cabinets, and other home furnishings. Through three generations, this independent, family-owned co-op has been about a lot more than just the family livelihood. It is their pride, joy, and the culmination of 50 years of community engagement.

“This anniversary is huge. It’s pretty unusual and unique that we’ve got the same ethics that we’ve had since the first generation to the third. That kind of longevity in any family business is rarely heard of,” said Jan Tudor, Owner. “We don’t make commission. We’re not trying to push a specific product to benefit our employees. Everything we do is to make sure our customers get the best quality for their situation.”


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Marc Ruiz of Oak Partners, Mind on Money: Making Sense Of A Home Warranty

Marc-Ruiz As a consumer, when you purchase an expensive item, like a car or refrigerator, you expect to receive a warranty that the manufacturer will repair or replace that product if it breaks down.

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Lower your taxes and be generous at the same time

Benjamin-F-Edwards-Lower-your-taxes-and-be-generous-at-the-same-timeTax season can be a painful reminder that you’re paying more taxes than you’d like and you want to find a way of reducing them. Here’s a surprising one: Be more generous.

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A whole-person approach to financial advising: Part 1 of a two-part Oak Partners series


Setting up shop in Oak Partners, Inc.’s inviting office in downtown Valparaiso, Chris Mahlmann, Founder of the Life Sites, convened a round-table discussion with members of the Oak Partners team. The group covered a lot of ground in the space of an hour, uncovering interesting and even somewhat surprising insights into why financial planning matters – and for whom. Welcome to Part 1 of a two-part in-depth series on how solid financial advice can significantly improve your quality of life.

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Centier Bank preps for Relay For Life, hosts weekly bake sale


Every year, Centier Bank partners with Relay For Life in efforts to help fight cancer. This year, the La Porte branch stepped up by hosting a bake sale each Friday in March to increase our contributions to this amazing cause.

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