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Is Mobile Banking Safe for My Business?
Is Mobile Banking Safe for My Business?

Is Mobile Banking Safe for My Business?

September 30, 2022 / Cynthia E. Marconi

As a prudent smartphone user, it’s natural to wonder if your smartphone bank transactions are secure. Rest assured, mobile banking is safe and secure because banks are in the business of securing sensitive customer data.…

Grandparent Scams Can Cost Victims Thousands of Dollars
Grandparent Scams Can Cost Victims Thousands of Dollars

Grandparent Scams Can Cost Victims Thousands of Dollars

September 22, 2022 / F&M Trust

Have you ever received a frantic call from someone posing as your grandchild? Scammers will call or email grandparents to make urgent requests for bail money, lawyer’s fees, hospital bills, or other fictitious expenses.…

Passkeys and the Future of Estate Planning
Passkeys and the Future of Estate Planning

Passkeys and the Future of Estate Planning

September 15, 2022 / The Merrill Anderson Company

One of the more frustrating aspects of modern technology is the necessity of passwords for gaining access to devices and data. In February 2013, the Fast Identity Online Alliance was launched to set standards …

The biggest financial mistakes business owners make
The biggest financial mistakes business owners make

The biggest financial mistakes business owners make

September 08, 2022 / Rich Best

Ask any business owner, and you’re not likely to hear any sugar-coating about how hard it is to start and run a business. There is nothing easy about it,…

Green Practices are Good for Nature and for Business
Green Practices are Good for Nature and for Business

Green Practices are Good for Nature and for Business

September 01, 2022 / F&M Trust

Business owners who operate "green" offices do more than protect the environment -- they save money on electricity, supplies, and operations in general. And they avoid running afoul of environmental protection laws.…

Planned giving in 2023
Planned giving in 2023

Planned giving in 2023

August 25, 2022 / The Merrill Anderson Company

The idea of “planning” a gift to charity may not spring as readily to mind as investment or retirement planning. Yet there are many ways to give, and many kinds of gifts to consider, especially when philanthropy is one of your core values.…

Student Loan Scams
Student Loan Scams

Student Loan Scams

August 18, 2022 / Ray Wills

Student loan-forgiveness scams are common, and they are likely to become more prevalent when deferred loan payments resume in September. For more than 40 million Americans, student loan debt is a reality. What’s not real, however, is a blanket student loan-forgiveness program offered by the government. …

Unconventional Ways to Fund a Small Business
Unconventional Ways to Fund a Small Business

Unconventional Ways to Fund a Small Business

August 11, 2022 / Arla Wallace

The water stop for a major marathon is a fascinating place to be. Pre-race, police and tow truck drivers move parked cars blocking the marathon path. Post-race, the street is shoveled, and empty cups are swept into trash bags …

Fear of Missing Out is not a sound investment philosophy
Fear of Missing Out is not a sound investment philosophy

Fear of Missing Out is not a sound investment philosophy

August 04, 2022 / The Merrill Anderson Company

The Securities and Exchange Commission has created Investor.gov, a useful resource for the investing public prepared in ordinary, nonlegal, and nontechnical language. The website includes financial tools and calculators, as well as articles of general interest for investors.…

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