Author Archives: Heidi Carmack Pfaffroth


How Michelle helped protect herself from fraud

Michelle, a Bank of American Fork employee, received a text alert about a zero dollar amount transaction on her debit card from retailer Amazon. Since Michelle only uses her credit card on Amazon, she knew right away it was a … Continue reading

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How Christopher paid for large, unexpected expenses without stress

Recently, Christopher shared his experience paying for unexpected expenses without stress, because he previously set up accounts and automatic transfers to save for these types of bills. Here’s his story: I recently had two big expenses—a medical bill and a … Continue reading

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Creating a password that’s secure—and memorable

Guest post by Quincy Fowler You have probably read recent news about security breaches. Passwords are stolen and online accounts compromised. Online safety is a top priority for everyone who uses the internet for financial transactions. A strong password can … Continue reading

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How to prepare for a business loan

Want to plant the seeds for a successful loan application? Check out this graphic for some ways you can prepare for a business loan. Questions? Ready to apply? Call 800-815-BANK or contact a business banker.

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Free lesson plans about money for teachers

Teachers, there are some new resources available to you to help you teach your students about money and making smart choices. Free lesson plans for pre-K through age 20 are available through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Money Smart for … Continue reading

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Some of the best types of online tools to save you time

Especially in a small business, when employees and owners are often wearing many hats, it can be hard to keep up on everything that needs to happen while also improving efficiency. Here’s one more idea you might want to consider: … Continue reading

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The State of Older Americans and Savings

Guest post by Katie Bryan, America Saves Communications Manager The numbers are shocking.  • In 2012, the average credit card debt among adults aged 65+ was $9,283 (Demos: The State of Young America). • One-third of senior households have no money … Continue reading

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Employee Competencies Drive Operational, Customer, and Financial Success

Guest post by Richard H. Tyson, CEObuilder Guest blogger Tyson is starting a series here about open book management. Make sure you check back for additional articles! The reader of my last several articles may well wonder how far I … Continue reading

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How to help protect your money and get the support you need as you age

It’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Something you can do? Share this graphic to spread the word about an effective way to help combat fraud against seniors. If you’re thinking about fraud against seniors (up to $1 million a day … Continue reading

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Five important questions when you’re thinking about merchant services

Guest post by Richard Gray Utah has a thriving business culture with business providing many different products and services. There’s no doubt, then, that a variety of businesses require a variety of merchant services. Merchant-services providers have solutions that are … Continue reading

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