What Makes a Good Password?

Choosing a good password is one of the first steps in protecting yourself online. Consider the following tips when creating a good password:

• Private: it is used and known by one person only;
• Secret: it does not appear in clear text in any file or program or on a piece of paper;
• Easily remembered: so there . . . → Read More: What Makes a Good Password?

Iowa State Bank Achieves Blue Zones* Worksite Status

Blue Zones Worksite Iowa State Bank of Algona is pleased to announce their status as a BLUE ZONES* designated worksite in Algona!

The bank received news of their achievement from Jenny Weber, Community Health Consultant for the BLUE ZONES* Project. “We’re proud of achieving this designation . . . → Read More: Iowa State Bank Achieves Blue Zones* Worksite Status

Got a Charity that’s Near & Dear?

Consider using Qualified Charitable Distributions to benefit you and your favorite non-profit

Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) from your IRA account are authorized for 2013 as long as they are made by December 31, 2013. Local charities and other non-profit organizations benefit when qualifying individuals make QCDs. The individual benefits, too. A QCD is a tax-free distribution and . . . → Read More: Got a Charity that’s Near & Dear?

School Supply Drive Gives Kids the “Write” Start

Kool Kat Teaches Kids to Save

Kool Kat made an appearance in Ruthven during this year’s school supply drive!

Thanks to the generosity of area residents and Iowa State Bank, kids in the Ruthven-Ayrshire Schools will start the school year with the right supplies for a successful school year.

Jon . . . → Read More: School Supply Drive Gives Kids the “Write” Start

9th Annual School Supply Drive a Success!

Area residents worked together to present CWL Schools with the supplies needed for a successful school year. CWL Schools Principal Jon Hueser received the cash donations and school materials for the 2013– 2014 school year presented by Corinna Hefty. The bank donated $250 and collected approximately $100 in cash donations along with two large boxes full . . . → Read More: 9th Annual School Supply Drive a Success!

Bank Gift Boosts YMCA’s Fiscal Fitness

Iowa State Bank announced a $75,000 gift to the Algona Family YMCA’s capital debt reduction campaign designed to boost the YMCA’s fiscal fitness.

Bank president Tom Larson announced the $75,000 pledge over three years. The Algona Family YMCA is working to raise a total of $1.5 million to eliminate its capital debt. “We are pleased to . . . → Read More: Bank Gift Boosts YMCA’s Fiscal Fitness

School Supply Drive for Ruthven Schools

The school supply drive is moving west! After nine years in our Corwith and Wesley offices, we’re expanding the drive to our Ruthven office.

Iowa State Bank is sponsoring a School Supply Drive for the 2013-2014 school year to benefit the Ruthven-Ayrshire Schools. The drive will give needy children necessary school supplies to start the school . . . → Read More: School Supply Drive for Ruthven Schools

9th Annual School Supply Drive for CWL Schools

It’s important to have the right tools to succeed in school, and that is why Iowa State Bank is sponsoring a School Supply Drive for the 2013-2014 school year to benefit the CWL Schools. The drive will give needy children necessary school supplies to start the school year off on the right foot. Iowa . . . → Read More: 9th Annual School Supply Drive for CWL Schools

Small Business Loan Tips

Today’s low interest rates make this an especially good time for small business owners to consider applying for a loan to grow or expand their business.

Before you do, take a moment to ask yourself these questions:

1. Have you developed and maintained an ongoing business relationship with your banker? To effectively serve customers, bankers need to . . . → Read More: Small Business Loan Tips

Tips Every Homebuyer Should Know

With housing prices and mortgage interest rates at record lows, now is a good time to explore buying a home. Preparation is the key to navigating today’s market. Consider these tips to help your household prepare for buying a home:

• Review your finances. A thorough analysis of your financial situation is central to the decision to . . . → Read More: Tips Every Homebuyer Should Know