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Welcome to Banking is Personal. This blog is a place where Salin Bank hopes to give you information you can use. Our goal is to arm you with resources and knowledge about mortgages, wealth management, business lending and other banking-related issues that affect you and your financial objectives.


Financial New Year’s Resolutions: It’s Not Too Late!

By Tyler Nickerson, Sales and Service Officer- Columbus Downtown on January 28, 2016

Resolutions are a time-honored tradition at the beginning of each new year. While many people take strides to eat better or exercise more, there’s often one pledge missing from their resolution list: Finances.

To help jump start your financial resolutions in 2016 and get your financial house in better order, consider the following suggestions:
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Take Charge of Your Cyber-Security in 2016

By Denise Maines, Salin Bank Security Officer on January 20, 2016

Fraud. It’s just a five-letter word, but it can wreak a lifetime of financial and emotional havoc on consumers and business owners alike. 
 
Thanks to new innovations in technology, today’s cybercriminals are more sophisticated and daring than ever.  Stories of “data breaches” are now common fodder in the news. And no industry is immune. Recent scams have affected healthcare providers, higher education, government, financial firms, telecommunications, automotive dealers, and large retailers. 
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Plan B: Don’t Wait for Disaster to Strike

By Jeff Binkley, Vice President - Director of Information Technolog on December 7, 2015

The growing prevalence of cyber-attacks and weather-related disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes - and, closer to home in Indiana, tornadoes - are a constant reminder of the need for businesses to have a disaster preparation and recovery plan in place in the event the unexpected becomes reality.
 
This is especially true of financial institutions whose existence is dependent on the availability of computer systems and data. If disaster strikes, banks must be prepared to provide their customers with an immediate response and critical information.
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Email Scam Targeting Businesses Is Billion-Dollar Problem, FBI Warns

By Denise Maines, Security Officer, Salin Bank on November 30, 2015

There’s a sophisticated wire payment scam taking place, one that the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) says has the potential to quickly become a global threat to American businesses.
 
More than 7,000 U.S. companies have become victims to a scam known as the “Business Email Compromise (BEC),” with total dollar losses exceeding $740 million. And that figure doesn’t even include victims outside the U.S. and unreported losses, according to the FBI.

Here’s how BEC works: Scammers use fraudulent emails to trick companies into directing financial transactions into accounts that the scammers control. In one BEC scam, the FBI says an employee received a legitimate-looking e-mail supposedly from the company’s chief executive officer requesting the employee to transfer funds on a time-sensitive acquisition by the end of the business day. The employee ultimately wired the requested money to a foreign bank. 
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Buying a Home During Autumn: The Deals Are Waiting

By Kevin Schultz, Mortgage Consultant, Salin Bank on November 23, 2015

The real estate market isn’t like most businesses - it’s open every day, 365 days a year. It’s true that some months of the year are better than others for buying and selling, as seasonal shifts in real estate are well documented. Spring is hands-down one of the busiest times of the year, but fall has quickly become a close second.
 
The changing of the leaves can indeed shed some good deals and extra perks for prospective homebuyers:
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