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Centier Bank Celebrates Continued Growth in 2018


Centier-Bank-20192018 was a year filled with highlights for Centier Bank, including passing the $4 billion asset milestone in the second quarter of 2018. The bank also opened new branches in the Indianapolis market with its Fishers Crossing location and in Michiana with its Elkhart North location, its 60th and 61st banking centers, respectively.

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Past, Present, and Future Status of the Region's Economy

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More than a decade after the Great Recession, Indiana’s second largest market saw growth in 2018. Micah Pollak, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics at Indiana University Northwest, said there are many positive signs of significant economic development and accelerating growth. Northwest Indiana, he said, has been dealing with a shift in its economy for more than 40 years.

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Marc Ruiz of Oak Partners, Mind on Money: Estate Plans Are Crucial Road Maps


Marc-Ruiz Over the years helping families with their financial planning, I have come to appreciate the creation and maintenance of a well-crafted estate plan. By providing a solid road map of resources and intentions, an estate plan should not only serve to reduce the burden of our death on loved ones, it should also reflect how we intend the legacy of a lifetime of working and planning to impact our families and the world after we are gone.

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First Trust Credit Union Has a Lot to Love


First-Trust-Credit-Union-Has-a-Lot-to-LoveThere’s a lot to love...
It’s Me 24/7 Online Banking
Mobile Check Deposit
Instant Issue Debit Cards & Debit Card Lock Feature
...and so much more.

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Martin Binder Jeweler Offers Unique Craftsmanship, Client-Centered Service

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For nearly 80 years, Martin Binder Jeweler has been a key part of the Valparaiso community, playing a role in countless marriages, anniversaries, birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions. Over the years, they have built a reputation as a trusted destination for clients around the Region seeking honesty, integrity, and fair pricing.

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1st Source Corporation Reports Record Earnings for the Full Year and Fourth Quarter 2018, History of Increased Dividends Continues: up 23% from Fourth Quarter 2017


rot31st Source Corporation (NASDAQ: SRCE), parent company of 1st Source Bank, today reported a record high net income of $82.41 million for the year of 2018, an improvement of 21.11% compared to $68.05 million earned in 2017. Fourth quarter net income was $21.45 million, an increase of 19.18% compared to $17.99 million earned in the fourth quarter of 2017. Income before taxes for the year of 2018 was $105.03 million, growing 3.62% compared to $101.36 million earned in 2017 and $27.61 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, an improvement of 17.24% compared to $23.55 million for the same period in 2017.

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Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. Brings Client First Service and Informed Investment Advice to Chesterton

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St. Louis-based financial services firm Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. recently opened its first Indiana location in Chesterton. With the opening, the firm also added four long-time Chesterton financial advisors and two financial client associates.

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Marc Ruiz of Oak Partners, Mind on Money: Planning for Funeral Expenses


Marc-Ruiz Over the past few months I have unfortunately experienced a higher than typical level of people in my life passing away. A number of the passing individuals were clients, and so I was also involved with counseling the family regarding funding for the funeral and burial.

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TCU Announces Relief Measures for Federal Government Employees Impacted by Shutdown


teachers-credit-unionlogoTeachers Credit Union (TCU) has announced a package of relief measures available to members impacted by the federal government shutdown. The measures are intended to help provide financial security to impacted members and include:

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Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service Exceeds $1,000,000 Savings Goal

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Postage is just one way Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service saves its customers money, but it is a measurable one! In 2018, Flanagin’s was able to meet their goal and save their customers more than a million dollars in postage.

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Marc Ruiz of Oak Partners, Mind on Money: Interest Rate Hikes Make Stock Market Rally Unlikely


Marc-Ruiz Well, that didn’t go very well. On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve conducted its last policy meeting of the year, at which the Central bank decided/announced it would raise short term interest rates again to a target rate of 2.25 percent to 2.5 percent.

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