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Love and marriage … and some financial tips

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My little brother married his college sweetheart this past weekend, and instead of getting him a set of knives or towels, I decided to give him something he could really use to help his life and his marriage — tools for his finances.
Money is often a heated topic of discussion early and often in a marriage. According to a CNN Money study, 84 percent of couples surveyed said money causes tension in their marriage and 13 percent say they fight about money several times a month. Continue Reading Love and marriage … and some financial tips

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The Internal Revenue Service is simplifying the signature process for electronically filed individual income tax returns submitted by tax practitioners. The simplification eliminates the need for a paper signature document to be sent to the IRS in support of electronically filed tax returns.
Beginning with the 2008 filing season, tax practitioners can e-file individual income tax returns only if the returns are signed electronically using one of two methods: either a Self-Select Personal Identification Number (PIN) or a Practitioner PIN. Continue Reading IRS will accept electronic signatures for ’08 filings

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I was talking to a friend the other day about the story in this week’s paper about whether American’s are saving enough for retirement when he started bragging about how he will be a millionaire by the time he is 55 because of his investment portfolio.
The goal of becoming a millionaire is a growing starry-eyed dream of many people in America. It has motivated quiz shows and rock songs lyrics. Like the Barenaked Ladies’ sang, “If I had a million dollars, I’d be rich.” Continue Reading Ever wonder what it really takes to be a millionaire?

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American National Bank has broken ground for its newest facility near the intersection of Powers and Union boulevards at 4194 Royal Pine Drive.
The two-story banking center will become American National Bank’s sixth full-service location in the Colorado Springs area. The 10,000-square-foot, full-service bank will have three drive-up lanes and a 24-hour drive-up ATM access. Continue Reading American National Bank expanding its footprint

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BauerFinancial Inc., a company which analyzes and reports about the financial condition of the nation’s banks and credit unions, has a report about financial institutions in Colorado. Here are highlights of banks in Colorado Springs (unless otherwise noted): Continue Reading Bauer issues ratings for Pikes Peak region banks

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Leading banking trade groups agree to merge

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Two banking trade groups, the American Bankers Association and America’s Community Bankers, said this week that their boards have agreed to pursue a merger. The merger is expected to be finalized by the fourth quarter.
The new trade group will be called the American Bankers Association. Continue Reading Leading banking trade groups agree to merge

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The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has launched a new publication: the FDIC Quarterly.
The report is a compilation of data and analyses that were previously available through three publications — the FDIC Outlook, FDIC Banking Review, and the FDIC Quarterly Banking Profile. Continue Reading Latest FDIC publication a comprehensive report

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On Nov. 2, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s Board of Directors approved the final rule to implement provisions of the Federal Deposit Insurance Reform Act of 2005 that provides penalties for failure to timely pay assessments. The FDIC will apply the provisions of the final rule beginning with the assessment collection made on June 29. Highlights of the provisions include: Continue Reading Assessment late charges kicking in at end of month

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Pioneer Services is opening a branch at 2710 S. Academy Blvd., Suite 130 on Tuesday. It is relocating from 3273 S. Academy Blvd.
Pioneer Services is a lender that has been in the Colorado Springs area for more than 20 years. It offers products and services exclusively to members of the military, having served more than 1.3 million families from 19 locations near military bases throughout the United States and Germany. Continue Reading Georgia-based company buys Pioneer Services

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BOK Financial Corp. of Tulsa is purchasing First United Bank for $43 million.
First United has one branch in Colorado Springs, at 1310 United Heights near Interquest Parkway and state Highway 83, and 10 branches in Denver. The deal is expected to close by the end of June but is subject to regulatory approval. Continue Reading BOK Financial acquiring First United for $43M

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