What Causes Profitability?

August 12, 2014
/   Spotlight

Digital Insight proves that digital bankers actually drive increase engagement and profitability with their financial institution.

Cause and Effect: If you build it, will they come?

July 23, 2014
/   Spotlight

Many financial institutions assume that digital banking is lucrative because the most valuable customers happen to bank online. While there is certainly a correlation between online bankers and higher profitability, quantitative evidence suggests that...

Cause and Effect: If you build it, will they come?

/   Spotlight

Many financial institutions assume that digital banking is lucrative because the most valuable customers happen to bank online. While there is certainly a correlation between online bankers and higher profitability, quantitative evidence suggests that...

Intuit 2020 Report: The Future of Financial Services

April 11, 2011
/   Insights

Today, Intuit released the latest edition of the Intuit 2020 report, Intuit 2020 Report: The Future of Financial Services, which identifies and examines four key trend areas that will  transform the financial services industry...

Platform Shift in the Making

February 13, 2013
/   Insights

What does the banking industry as a whole have to do with Amazon, Microsoft and Apple? Just about nothing—and down the road, it may turn into a major problem (if it isn’t already). Consider...

Infographic: How to Spot a Fake Check

March 8, 2013
/   Insights

The team over at TROY pulled together an infographic on how to spot a fraudulent check. With more consumers using remote deposit capture to upload and deposit checks through their smartphones, it’s important to...

Fast Facts: Student Loans

January 22, 2013
/   Insights

The Financial Services Roundtable recently released another iteration of its Fast Facts, reliable, bullet-point research about issues facing the financial services industry. Topics span TARP, Dodd-Frank, insurance, lending, retirement savings and more.  Below are some updated Fast...

Reserve Banking: The New Radical Idea

June 5, 2014
/   Insights

Banking is by nature a very conservative industry. That’s why the current buzz over ‘reserve banking’ is so interesting. Even the term seems innocuous, but the scenario it proposes is nothing short of revolutionary....

Piggy Bank

Now that Tax Day is upon us and refunds are trickling in, your customers and members are being provided with new funds. But whether they spend, invest or save, are you guiding them to make the wisest decision?

Christopher McGill, president and CEO of East River Bank  in Philadelphia, PA has a few recommendations for his customers on how to use their refund dollars.

While the smartest decision is to obviously pay off a prior debt or invest that refund, spending – even just a portion of it – on a smart purchase is actually advisable, according to Christopher.

Rule of Thirds

Christopher always recommends the “rule of thirds” when upon receiving an unexpected amount of income. Divide the refund into thirds and put one portion towards a credit card bill or other debt, another third into savings and investment, such as an IRA and the final amount towards something for you.

Save More Money

However, instead of spending it on something frivolous like a trendy handbag or new set of golf clubs, consider splurging on a purchase that could actually save you money over time. Examples include an espresso maker (much cheaper than a daily trip to Starbucks), a bicycle (a healthier and more affordable means of transportation) or a high efficiency appliance, which can help you save loads on energy costs.

Invest in Yourself

Another smart splurge is investing in your career by furthering your education. Use part of your refund to take some continuing studies courses to sharpen your skills and better your chances for that promotion and, hopefully, salary increase.

Spend Selflessly

Finally, for the most selfless purchase of all, consider this the time to get some life insurance. If you have a spouse or children who depend on your income, invest in their financial security and your own peace of mind. While it might seem depressing, spending a few hundred dollars a year to create an insurance protection fund for your family is something definitely worth considering.

What advice are you giving your customers and members?

 

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