Financial Education

Financial Education

We’re all about providing our members with the best banking experience. Part of that pledge is to provide educational material to help you reach your financial goals. The North Island Financial Education center is your source for tips, tricks, and valuable content that will help you learn more about financial planning and our local community.

Medicare and Medicaid: What's the Difference?

It's easy to confuse Medicare and Medicaid, particularly since they're both government programs that pay for health care. But there are important differences between each program. Medicare is generally for older people, while Medicaid is for people with limited income and resources.

5 Secrets to Small Business Success

Are the perks of being one of the 28 million small business owners in the United States too good to pass up? You can be your own boss, set your own hours, and increase your earnings. But the rewards come with risk, and success often takes years. The first step is listening to the right advice, so...

How can I pay off the credit card debt I racked up over the holidays?

It's a common occurrence once the holiday season winds down — you reluctantly look at your credit card statement and wince at all the purchases you made over the holidays. Fortunately, there's no need to panic. Consider using one of the following strategies to help pay it off.

QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Social Security Retirement Benefits?

Social Security is an important source of retirement income for millions of Americans, but how much do you know about this program? Test your knowledge, and learn more about your retirement benefits, by answering the following questions.   Questions 1. Do you have to be retired to collect Social...

The Giving Season: Six Tips for Making Smart and Effective Charitable Donations This Holiday Season

The holidays are a popular time for charitable donations. With so many charities to choose from, it's more important than ever to ensure that your donation is well spent. Here are six tips that can help you make smart and effective charitable donations. 

What Is A Rainy Day Fund For?

Save to weather an emergency. [INFOGRAPHIC]

Organize and Safely Store Your Piles of Paperwork

Managing finances electronically has never been simpler and more secure with My Virtual StrongBox. [INFOGRAPHIC]

Banking: Smarter Habits for Smarter Students

As a student, you may not be thinking much about money or saving for the future just yet. But, the truth is, it’s never too early to learn banking basics. You don’t want to ask for cash every time you want to see a movie or go out to eat with friends. Opening your own account can give you the...

(Almost) Effortless Ways to Save

We live in a society where we’re always trying to keep up with the Joneses, so it’s easy to get caught up looking for something bigger, better and faster. But, as financial security becomes less certain and more Americans live longer, we’re increasingly looking for ways to save money. Many people...

Saving Money After Saying ‘I Do

The honeymoon is over, and it’s back to reality. Now, you need to determine your next step. Will you buy a home, have a child or travel the world? Whatever your plans, you’ll need money to make them a reality. And, according to a recent Experian survey, one-third of newlyweds are in the dark about...

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