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Smart About Money: How to Become Rich

A few weeks ago, there was a radio commercial for some sort of money-making opportunity. I don’t remember the company or what they were selling. I do remember very clearly hearing the commercial say, “You can’t get rich by saving.” What? Huh? The simple fact is that even if you win a monster lottery or […]

Smart About Money: U.S. Secret Service

Usually when people have a visit from the U.S. Secret Service, it’s not a positive thing. But when the Secret Service came to see us at Canton Co-operative Bank a few weeks ago, it was at our invitation and I think it’s fair to say it was one of the most fascinating presentations I have […]

Smart About Money: Credit Card Rewards?

As I recall, it was the late WBZ radio host Lovell Dyett who used to say, “Spend your time wisely. It’s the only money you’ve got.” I found myself thinking about that when reading a page 1 Wall Street Journal article about people who get credit cards to chase bonus points and credit card rewards. […]

Smart About Money: Financing Tips

A gentleman came into the bank to get an objective opinion on a car loan he was considering. “The people at the dealership asked me what I was looking to pay a month,” he told me. “And that’s the amount the payment is. I can see that. But it looks like this car loan goes […]

Smart About Money: Beware of Scams

Bruce Murphy is the owner of Bruce’s Floor Cleaning Service here in Canton and I have his permission to share this story with you. One day in the mail, Bruce received a letter from the “Embassy Lottery Company of New York & London.” There was a check in the letter, drawn on the Presidio Bank […]

Smart About Money: January Jumpstart

Even people who are super-organized with their finances often don’t have things set up so that anyone could come in and carry on for them in case of an emergency. Whether that’s the one step you haven’t taken yet or you’re just deciding to get more organized with your finances, this is a particularly auspicious […]

Smart About Money: It’s a Wonderful Life

Community bankers often hear that their bank reminds customers of the Bailey Bros. Building & Loan from the classic 1946 movie It’s a Wonderful Life. Which is a great compliment. What was it about the Bailey Bros. Building & Loan that people still remember it so specifically and so fondly seven decades later? A couple […]

Smart About Money: Why leave the home you love?

I recently met with a couple in their very early 70s who were starting to think about downsizing. Why? Basically, because they were under the impression that it was “what everyone did,” that it was the “right thing to do” and they wanted to be “prudent.” They were considering buying a condo and were wondering […]

Smart About Money: Rogue Banks

I never thought I’d find myself writing those words. But as more news comes out about what Wells Fargo was doing to its customers, that’s the only way to describe them. Wells Fargo was a rogue bank. In order to show ever-increasing marketing share and revenue growth to Wall Street, Wells Fargo put so much […]

Smart About Money: Realities of Probate

A family came into the bank recently to make a withdrawal from the savings account of their beloved mother, who had just died. Specifically, they wanted to get the money she had set aside for her funeral plus the amount she’d left in her will to her granddaughter, who had long planned to use the […]

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