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Foothills Bank Encourages Parents to Teach Kids About Finance   

The summer months mean many kids in America are working for some extra cash in their pocket. Whether he or she is doing odd jobs around the house or working at the local pool, it’s the perfect time to teach your child financial lessons that will last a lifetime.

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Tips to Avoid Overdrafts 

Overdrafts have been in the news a lot lately but Foothills Bank reminds customers that they are preventable. 

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6 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Finances

As spring cleaning season begins, the American Bankers Association is encouraging consumers to put a priority on organizing their finances. ABA has highlighted six tips for getting your financial house in order. 

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Mobile Banking is Safe and Convenient When Consumers Take Precautions 

Convenience is the driving factor in the rise of mobile banking. It opens the doors to consumer choice and access to banking options. But, as mobile devices, like smartphones and iPads become more popular, hackers are finding savvy ways to steal information. Foothills Bank urges consumers to be cautious when using mobile devices to do their banking. 

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Customers Can Help Prevent Crime

There are more than 400,000 ATMs in the United States and that number is growing rapidly. Foothills Bank has three ATMs in our community and is dedicated to keeping its customers safe at those locations.

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8 Ways to Stop an Identity Thief 

More than 15.4 million Americans were victims of identity fraud last year, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. The American Bankers Association is offering eight tips to help consumers protect their information and avoid becoming a victim. 

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6 Financial Tips for Military Families

The holiday season can be a stressful time for many families - especially military families. The American Bankers Association has highlighted six financial tips to help military families maintain a strong financial footing.

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Survey: Consumers Trust Banks Most to Keep Their Payments Safe

An overwhelming majority of consumers - 82 percent - trust banks most to keep thier payments safe, according to a recent survey from the American Bankers Association. Only 3 and 4 percent of consumers trust major retailers or telecom companies to protect their payments, respectively.

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Understanding Your Role as a Financial Caregiver

According to the Caregiver Action Network, more than 90 million Americans care for a loved one living with a disability, disease or experiencing reduced financial capability as a result of aging. Financial caregivers play an important role in ensuring that all finances - from routine to complex - are managed wisely, helping their loved ones maintain the best quality of life possible. The American Bankers Association has offered tips to help financial caregivers better understand their role as the care for their loved ones.

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New Employee Benefit: First Step in Work to Mitigate U.S. Student Loan Debt Burden

The American Bankers Association recently announced a new benefit to assist its employees with repaying student debt. Beginning this month, ABA will provide each eligible employee up to $1,200 per year toward the payment of student debt, in addition to their current compensation. According to a 2016 report by the Society for Human Resource Management, only 4 percent of employers nationwide offer a student loan repayment benefit.

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Holiday Giving: How to Become a Savvy Charitable Giver

For many people, it is important to take time during the holiday season to give to those who are in need. Donating to your favorite cause can be fulfilling, but it's important to ensure that your gift reached the intended source. Follow these tips to become a savvy charitable giver this holiday season.

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7 Ways to Avoid a Holiday Spending Hangover 

As the holiday shopping season hits the home stretch, the American Bankers Association has identified seven habits that shoppers should embrace to minimize their holiday spending debt.

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12 Ways to Protect Your Mobile Device from Hackers This Holiday Season

As more and more consumers rely on their mobile devices to bank, browse and shop on the internet, it is extremely important that they exercise certain measures to protect their devices from online threats. The American Bankers Association is recommending 12 tips to help consumers safeguard their data and protect their mobile devices from fraudsters.

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6 Money Tips for Family Caregivers

According to the Caregiver Action Network, more than 90 million Americans care for a loved one living with a disability, disease or experiencing reduced financial capability as a result of aging. Financial caregivers, such as those with a power of attorney, trustee or a federal benefits fiduciary, play an important role in ensuring that all finances - from routine to complex - are managed wisely, helping their loved ones maintain the best quality of life possible. In recognition of National Family Caregiver Month, Foothills Bank & Trust is helping financial caregivers better understand their role.

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5 Ways to Protect Your Small Business from Ransomware Attacks

Small businesses are becoming popular targets to a form of malware known as ransomware. Ransom-ware is used by cyber-criminals to freeze your computer or mobile device, steal your data and demand a “ransom” — anywhere between a couple of hundred to thousands of dollars — be paid. Ransomware infiltrates enterprise networks and servers and individual laptops or computers, leading to the loss of critical information and data.

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BE AWARE: SURGE IN IRS SCAMS

Did you get a call or voicemail from someone claiming to be from the IRS?? The D.C. Office of the Attorney General reports a surge in complaints about a scam federal investigators call the most pervasive in history. People pretending to be with the IRS call taxpayers and tell them they owe money… 

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September is Natural Disaster Preparedness Month 

In recognition of National Preparedness Month the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) and Foothills Bank & Trust would like to remind Americans about the importance of getting their financial affairs in order and offer tips to help them prepare before a natural disaster strikes.  


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7 Tips for Improving Your Credit Score

An important step to finding a home, whether you’re renting or buying, is ensuring that you have a good credit history. Foothills Bank & Trust suggests the following tips to improve your credit score.

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6 Tips for Saving for Your Down Payment

Before you can make the transition from renting your home to owning your home, you will need to have a substantial down payment, typically 5 to 20 percent of the home’s value.

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10 Tips to Green Your Home and Save Money

Whether you’re a renter or a homeowner, chances are you care about protecting the environment – and saving money. Here are some tips from Foothills Bank & Trust to help you do both.

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7 Tips to Avoid Online Fraud   

Every year, millions of consumers fall victim to cybercrime. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, in 2014, consumers lost more than $800 million from scams initiated through the web. In recognition of Internet Safety Month in June, Foothills Bank & Trust is highlighting seven tips to help consumers protect themselves from online fraud.



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6 Items for Your New Home’s To-Do List 
Now that you’re settling in to your new home, there are some important things you need to consider. Foothills Bank & Trust recommends the following tips.

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5 Important Questions When Choosing Your First Home 
Moving into your own place can be exciting and frightening at the same time. Foothills Bank & Trust suggests considering the following questions when choosing your own home.

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12 Tips for Protecting Your Mobile Devices 
As consumer use of mobile devices continues to climb, cyber criminals are targeting those gadgets more frequently. According to a report by the Federal Reserve, 52 percent of smartphone users say they have used mobile banking in the past 12 months. March 6-12 is National Consumer Protection Week.
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Spend or Save: 5 Ways to Make Your Refund Count this Tax Season 

According to the Internal Revenue Service, the nation’s taxpayers received an average tax refund of nearly $3,000 in 2015. This year, while more than 70 percent of tax payers await their hefty refund, Foothills Bank & Trust is highlighting five tips to help them make the most out of this year’s windfall.

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5 Ways to Spot a Lottery Scam 
According to the FBI, in 2014 consumers lost more than $8 million to solicitation scams promising instant wealth and grand prize earnings. Foothills Bank & Trust warns community about popular scam.
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4 Simple Steps to STOP a Cyber Thief 
Foothills Bank Trust is urging consumers to take an active role in protecting their data by raising awareness for Data Privacy Day January 28. 
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7 Tips to Prevent Tax ID Fraud 

As Americans begin the process of filing tax returns, identity thieves are scheming to get their hands on that money. Foothills Bank & Trust is using Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, January 25-29 , to raise consumer awareness and provide tips to prevent tax ID fraud.

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