Get your credit report and score for free May 11!

credit scoreSuperior Choice Credit Union will host April Sanderson, a Certified Credit Counselor with LSS Financial Counseling, on Friday, May 11 at the Denfeld branch (4125 Grand Avenue in Duluth) for a Credit Check Clinic. Members and their partner/spouse may sign up for a 15-minute consultation to find out what's on their credit report; learn their credit score; learn quick tips on how to improve or maintain their credit score; correct any errors; detect and stop identity theft; and more. Thanks to SCCU's partnership with LSS Financial Counseling, these consultations are completely free!

While the consultations are completely free, members should register for a time slot. To register for a free consultation, call 1-800-569-4167. Appointments are available between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, May 11. All time slots have been filled! Stay tuned for future opportunities, or click here to learn more about free one-on-one financial counseling for SCCU members.

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Join us Aug. 22 and 23 to celebrate Dennis Archer's retirement and meet Wendy M. Otterness, new Financial Advisor!

Wendy and DennisWe will be celebrating the 30 year career of Dennis W. Archer, Financial Advisor with the SCCU Retirement & Financial Advisors Program located at SCCU. Dennis will be retiring in the fall of 2017.

We will also be celebrating the addition of Dennis’ replacement, Wendy M. Otterness. Wendy has actively worked with Dennis since April 1st and will be taking over for him upon his retirement.

This will be your opportunity to wish Dennis well and to meet Wendy. We hope to see you.

Please join us for coffee and cookies; 

Tues. August 22nd from 10:00 to 2:00
Hermantown Branch Lobby
4161 Haines Rd., Hermantown

Wed. August 23rd from 10:00 to 2 p.m.
Tower Avenue Branch Lobby
2817 Tower Ave., Superior

 

 

Securities sold, advisory services offered through CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, a registered broker/dealer and investment advisor. CBSI is under contract with the financial institution to make securities available to members.

Not NCUA/NCUSIF/FDIC insured, May Lose Value, No Financial Institution Guarantee. Not a deposit of any financial institution. CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. is a registered broker/dealer in all fifty states of the United States of America.

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Letter from SCCU: Wendy Otterness joins SCCU Retirement & Financial Advisors

Wendy Otterness for webSuperior Choice Credit Union has been pleased to bring the SCCU Retirement & Financial Advisors Program* to you, offering retirement, insurance and investment services to our members and their family. We would like to take this opportunity to introduce Wendy M Otterness as the new full-time SCCU Retirement & Financial Advisors Program financial advisor located here at the credit union. Wendy is replacing Dennis Archer due to his upcoming retirement and will provide services to those members who formerly worked with Dennis.

Whether you’re just beginning a family, paying for a child’s education or nearing retirement, this program is designed to help you with your unique financial needs. You may have just one financial issue you want to tackle today, or you may realize it’s time to put together a comprehensive financial plan. Whatever your needs may be, Wendy is here for you.

To meet with Wendy at no cost or obligation, call 715-398-8917 today, or visit the SCCU Retirement & Financial Advisors Program at your convenience.

*Securities sold, advisory services offered through CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. (CBSI), member FINRA/SIPC, a registered broker/dealer and investment advisor. CBSI is under contract with the financial institution to make securities available to members. Not NCUA/NCUSIF/FDIC insured, May Lose Value, No Financial Institution Guarantee. Not a deposit of any financial institution. CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. is a registered broker/dealer in all fifty state of the United States of America.

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Wendy M Otterness Joins the SCCU Retirement & Financial Advisors Program at Superior Choice Credit Union

Wendy Will Provide Members Assistance with Retirement Planning, and Wealth Management Solutions

Serving WI and MN SCCU locations – Wendy Otterness has joined Superior Choice Credit Union as a financial advisor, exclusively serving the credit union’s membership through the SCCU Retirement & Financial Advisors Program. Wendy, a financial advisor with over 15 years of experience in the financial industry, is now available to meet with individuals to evaluate their financial situation, offer recommendations and coordinate their investment and insurance choices.

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Youth Month: Teach your little owls to fly with money talks

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The first step to teaching your kids about money is talking about money.

“The most effective way to teach is by having frequent discussions and don’t ever lecture,” said Ted Beck, president and chief executive of the National Endowment for Financial Education, in a recent Wall Street Journal article. “Look for teachable moments and always be willing to answer questions.”

Unfortunately, this can also be the hardest.

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Three major benefits of paying off debt to keep you motivated

This article appeared first on the "Sense & Centsibility" Personal Finance Blog from our friends at LSS Financial Counseling. Superior Choice Credit Union is proud to partner with LSS Financial Counseling to provide free debt counseling to SCCU members. For more information, call 1-800-528-2926.


If you have credit cards with balances, have you ever really stopped and thought about what life would be like without those monthly payments? Whether you’ve been paying for a while or just starting out, here are three benefits of paying off debt that will help keep you motivated.

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Oct. 18-24 is National Save for Retirement Week

National Save for Retirement Week 
Are you on target to reach your retirement goals? 

Provided by Dennis Archer

​October 18-24 is National Save for Retirement Week – a reminder of the importance of saving and investing with the goal of a comfortable future.

Are Americans saving enough for tomorrow? All kinds of articles will tell you that Americans are not. Those articles may not be telling the entire story, however.

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September is Life Insurance Awareness Month

SCCU RF HorizSeptember is Life Insurance Awareness Month. Our friends at SCCU Retirement & Financial Advisors have gathered some helpful resources for you! If you're new to the topic of life insurance or perhaps have life insurance but might want to brush up on some topics, click the links below to view some helpful printable PDF documents and worksheets!

Four Life Insurance Myths for the Young Family

Life Insurance Needs Worksheet

Understand Your Life Insurance Benefit


Dennis Archer may be reached at (715) 398-8917 or [email protected]
www.superiorchoice.com

Securities sold, advisory services offered through CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. (CBSI), member FINRA/SIPC, a registered broker/dealer and investment advisor. CBSI is under contract with the financial institution to make securities available to members.

Not NCUA/NCUSIF/FDIC insured, May Lose Value, No Financial Institution Guarantee. Not a deposit of any financial institution.

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Saving for retirement and college

Tips on trying to meet two great financial goals at once.

Provided by Dennis Archer

Saving for retirement is a must. Saving for college is certainly a priority. How do you do both at once?

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#FinancialFridays Money habits that may help you become wealthier

Money Habits That May Help You Become Wealthier

Financially speaking, what do some households do right?

Provided by Dennis Archer

Why do some households tread water financially while others make progress? Does it come down to habits?

Sometimes the difference starts there. A household that prioritizes paying itself first may end up in much better financial shape in the long run than other households.

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#FinancialFridays How Millennials Can Get Off to a Good Financial Start

Doing the right things at the right time may leave you wealthier later.

Provided by Dennis Archer

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What can you do to start building wealth before age 35? You know time is your friend and that the earlier you begin saving and investing for the future, the better your financial prospects may become. So what steps should you take? 


Reduce your debt. You probably have some student loan debt to pay off. According to the Institute for College Access and Success, which tracks college costs, the average education debt owed by a college graduate is now $28,950. Hopefully, yours is not that high and you are paying off whatever education debt remains via an automatic monthly deduction from your checking account. If you are struggling to pay your student loan off, take a look at some of the income-driven repayment plans offered to federal student loan borrowers, and options for refinancing your loan into a lower-rate one (which could potentially save you thousands).1

You cannot build wealth simply by wiping out debt, but freeing yourself of major consumer debts frees you to build wealth like nothing else. The good news is that saving, investing, and reducing your debt are not mutually exclusive. As financially arduous as it may sound, you should strive to do all three at once. If you do, you may be surprised five or ten years from now at the transformation of your personal finances.

Save for retirement. If you are working full-time for a decently-sized employer, chances are a retirement plan is available to you. If you are not automatically enrolled in the plan, go ahead and sign up for it. You can contribute a little of each paycheck. Even if you start by contributing only $50 or $100 per pay period, you will start far ahead of many of your peers.1

Away from the workplace, traditional IRAs offer you the same perks. Roth IRAs and Roth workplace retirement plans are the exceptions – when you “go Roth,” your contributions are not tax-deductible, but you can eventually withdraw the earnings tax-free after age 59½ as long as you abide by IRS rules.1,2

Workplace retirement plans are not panaceas – they can charge administrative fees exceeding 1% and their investment choices can sometimes seem limited. Consumer pressure is driving these administrative fees down, however; in 2015, they were lower than they had been in a decade and they are expected to lessen further.3

Keep an eye on your credit score. Paying off your student loans and getting started saving for retirement are a great start, but what about your immediate future? You’re entitled to three free credit reports per year from TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax. Take advantage of them and watch for unfamiliar charges and other suspicious entries. Be sure to get in touch with the company that issued your credit report if you find anything that shouldn’t be there. Maintaining good credit can mean a great deal to your long-term financial goals, so monitoring your credit reports is a good habit to get into.1

Do not fear Wall Street. We all remember the Great Recession and the wild ride investments took. The stock market plunged, but then it recovered – in fact, the S&P 500 index, the benchmark that is synonymous in investing shorthand for “the market,” gained back all the loss from that plunge in a little over four years. Two years later, it reached new record peaks, and it is only a short distance from those peaks today.4

Equity investments – the kind Wall Street is built on – offer you the potential for double-digit returns in a good year. As interest rates are still near historic lows, many fixed-income investments are yielding very little right now, and cash just sits there. If you want to make your money grow faster than inflation – and you certainly do – then equity investing is the way to go. To avoid it is to risk falling behind and coming up short of retirement money, unless you accumulate it through other means. Some workplace retirement plans even feature investments that will direct a sizable portion of your periodic contribution into equities, then adjust it so that you are investing more conservatively as you age.

Invest regularly; stay invested. When you keep putting money toward your retirement effort and that money is invested, there can often be a snowball effect. In fact, if you invest $5,000 at age 25 and just watch it sit there for 35 years as it grows 6% a year, the math says you will have $38,430 with annual compounding at age 60. In contrast, if you invest $5,000 each year under the same conditions, with annual compounding you are looking at $596,050 at age 60. That is a great argument for saving and investing consistently through the years.5

Dennis Archer may be reached at 715-398-8917 or [email protected]
www.superiorchoice.com

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How to Do Allowances Right, According to the Experts

One of the best ways to ensure your children grow up financially fit is to give them practice managing money with an allowance.

But what’s the best way to do an allowance? There are many theories on that.

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#FinancialFridays Volatility is not Risk

Volatility Is Not Risk

The two should not be confused.

Provided by Dennis Archer

What is risk? To the conservative investor, risk is a negative. To the opportunistic investor, risk is a factor to tolerate and accept.

Whatever the perception of risk, it should not be confused with volatility. That confusion occurs much too frequently.

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Join us at the Twin Ports Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention Conference and Community Forum

Learn what YOU can do to protect yourself and the older adults you know from abuse. Join us at the Twin Ports Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention Conference and Community Forum on Tuesday, May 24 at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

 

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#FinancialFridays Should you plan to retire on 80% of your income?

Examining a long-held retirement planning assumption.

Provided by Dennis Archer

A classic retirement planning rule states that you should retire on 80% of the income you earned in your last year of work. Is this old axiom still true, or does it need reconsidering?

Some new research suggests that retirees may not need that much annual income to keep up their standard of living.

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#FinancialFridays Retirement now vs. retirement then

Today's retirees must be more self-reliant than their predecessors.

Provided by Dennis Archer

Decades ago, retirement was fairly predictable: Social Security and a pension provided much of your income, you moved to the Sun Belt, played tennis or golf, and you lived to age 70 or 75.

To varying degrees, this was the American retirement experience during the last few decades of the previous century. Those days are gone; retirees must now assume greater degrees of financial self-reliance.

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