• Put These Hot Weather Scams on Ice

    This summer is a scorcher. But it’s not just rising inflation trying to burn a hole in your wallet — it’s those sleazy scammers. As you lower your guard while on vacation or relaxing at the beach, fraudsters are turning up the heat on their hot weather scams. Stay cool and put their attempts on ice by learning about these cons that pick up during summer break.

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    Put These Hot Weather Scams on Ice
  • Starting Your Financial Life? Here Are Tips For New College Graduates

    Starting Your Financial Life? Here Are Tips For New College Graduates

    Graduation is the end of one phase of your life — and the beginning of an exciting new one. You’re on your own. You’re ready to start your career (or take a stop-gap job until you find the right position in your field). And you’re poised to make your own financial decisions, maybe for the first time in your life.

    You have all the power here. But, as they say in Spider-Man, “With great power comes great responsibility.”

    Here are some steps you can take to make responsible choices with your finances as you’re starting out.

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  • Security tips for kupuna and caregivers

    Many of us will need assistance as we age. Here are some tips for protecting your loved ones’ finances.

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    Security tips for kupuna and caregivers
  • Why It's Easy to Fall for the Free Gift Scam

    Why It's Easy to Fall for the Free Gift Scam

    Text message scams aren't new. But a fresh twist on an old scheme is making the rounds as fraudsters collect financial details and other personal data from unsuspecting victims. Crooks use this information to empty bank accounts, make fraudulent charges on debit and credit cards, and steal identities. Fortunately, the more you know about how this scam works, the less likely you are to fall for it.

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  • Financial Literacy FAQ

    Money topics can spark lively online conversations. Whether shared in social media posts or website comment sections, much of the information can leave you feeling more confused than when you started. Whether due to incomplete answers or a failure to consider an individual's financial status, learning about personal finance can be a challenge.

     

    To help improve your financial literacy, we've gathered some of the most frequently asked questions (and the answers!) about credit, savings, making a major purchase, and retirement planning.

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    Financial Literacy FAQ
  • Financial Literacy Quiz

    Financial Literacy Quiz

    According to a National Financial Capability Study, financial literacy rates among Americans have decreased from 42% to 34% since 2009 — yet 71% of Americans believe they know more about personal finance than the data suggests. This has real-world implications for how people manage money today and prepare for their financial futures. How financially savvy are you?

     

    Complete this quiz to gauge your financial literacy IQ.

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  • Protect Your Elders from Scams

    Unfortunately, many scammers target older adults because they may have large sums of money saved, and they may not be as savvy online or over the phone. In fact, Hawaii’s elderly lost $5.4 million to fraud and scams in 2020.

    So, how can we keep our kupuna safe from fraud? A combination of education and oversight will be your best option.

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    Protect Your Elders from Scams
  • What Should You Do with Your Tax Refund?

    What Should You Do with Your Tax Refund?

    If you’re expecting a tax refund, you’ve probably got some ideas about what you want to do with it. The average refund in 2022 is $3,473, according to the IRS. Shopping spree, anyone?

    Not so fast. Although it can be awesome to have fun with your tax refund, consider some other options to make a lasting financial impact. If your refund is near that average figure, you’ll likely have enough to do both.

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  • 5 Costly Tax Filing Myths

    Many people have a love-hate relationship with Tax Day. They love to receive a tax refund but hate the work that goes into filing their tax return. Filing myths only magnify the dread taxpayers feel as April quickly approaches.

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    5 Costly Tax Filing Myths
  • It's Not You, Federal Tax Filing is Different in 2022

    It's Not You, Federal Tax Filing is Different in 2022

    Tax Day occurs every April in the United States. While the calendar deadline to file is predictable, changes to tax filing requirements are not. For 2021 tax year, there are over 60 tax provision updates you may need to be aware of to successfully navigate tax season. Here are five that are likely to impact most taxpayers.

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  • Never share your Digital Banking password

    You probably wouldn’t hand your wallet over to just anyone who asks. Did you know that when you share your Digital Banking login credentials, it’s very similar?

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    Never share your Digital Banking password
  • Avoid tax scams

    Avoid tax scams

    It’s tax season. That means you’re gathering paperwork, filling out forms, sending items to your tax preparer, and dodging the scammers trying to take advantage of you. 

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  • 6 Safe shopping tips

    Physical health and safety has been top-of-mind when out shopping this year. While it’s smart to continue to use contactless payments at the store, don’t forget the basics about protecting your money when shopping, no matter where you are.

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    6 Safe shopping tips
  • 8 Ways to protect your debit card from fraud

    8 Ways to protect your debit card from fraud

    Here are some proven ways to protect your debit card from fraudulent activity and safeguard your hard-earned cash.

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  • Two Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency scams trending on social media

    Beware of these two new Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency scams trending on social media that are affecting unsuspecting consumers. 

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    Two Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency scams trending on social media
  • 3 Tips for giving safely

    3 Tips for giving safely

    There are many ways to support causes that are close to your heart and align with your values. If you choose to donate money to charity, here are some tips to ensure your dollars make the impact you intend.

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  • 5 Steps to take if you discover fraud

    Scammers are skillful at getting people to trust them with their money and personal information. They’ll bombard you with calls, texts, or emails promising you the world, or pretend to help you out of a (made up) sticky situation. But all they want is your money and private information. They are out to steal your account numbers, passwords, or Social Security numbers.

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    5 Steps to take if you discover fraud
  • 3 Ways to prepare for

    3 Ways to prepare for "what-ifs"

    Benjamin Franklin got it right when he said: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

    This especially rings true when it comes to finances. A natural disaster, sudden sickness, even a positive occurrence such as a child getting accepted to college – all these life events can quickly deplete a person’s bank account.

    And though many crises are improbable for many people, they are not impossible.

    While many parts of the future are unknown, it is always best to be proactive for when the unexpected happens.

    Here are three steps you can take now to prepare for what may or may not be coming down the road.

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  • Keep your accounts safe with a digital identity app

    A digital identity offers two-way security. It's one thing to verify who you are with login credentials and one-time-use passcodes, but how do you also know the website or the person on the other end is who they claim to be? 

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    Keep your accounts safe with a digital identity app
  • Hurricane preparedness: are you financially ready?

    Hurricane preparedness: are you financially ready?

    Hurricane season is from June 1 through November 30. Stocking up on food and water is a given, but are you financially prepared? Many things in life are beyond our control; planning is not one of them. Get prepared now, and you'll have peace of mind whether a storm hits or (fingers crossed) not.

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  • 5 simple steps to planning your wedding

    To help you focus on what matters (you and your soon forever-to-be), here are some general guidelines.

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    5 simple steps to planning your wedding
  • Financial health in fatherhood

    Financial health in fatherhood

    Whether you’re a new dad or a dad with many years on the job, we’ve gathered some of our favorite fatherly advice in honor of Father’s Day, or any day.

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