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AbbyBank wants to help you make good financing decisions for your home or business an easy process. As you move into the home buying or building process, invest in future business or simply choose the right savings account. It is always good to familiarize yourself with the financial products, trends and opportunities. AbbyBank does offer financial insights on our blog site for you to learn more about current financial topics, best practices, products, services and how make better financial decisions.  Another way is to talk with AbbyBank's loan officers or personal bankers in choosing the right bank for your loan or deposit account. We are here to help you understand the process and also to be a resource for you to ask questions.

Another way to ensure you are making the right decision is to do some research online that can assist you in making a good decision that is right for you. There are many government websites that offer this information with a click of a button. Below are some examples that we recommend.

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Mortgage Education

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business.

Freddie Mac
Our commitment starts with funding mortgages that help you own or rent a home. It extends to your community where we're helping distressed homeowners and stabilizing neighborhoods. Also, it continues to be focused on returning value for the nation while strengthening the housing finance system for future generations.

Official Consumer Credit Report
To get your free annual consumer credit report, go to www.annualcreditreport.com or call 1 877-322-8228.

Basic Financial Education Opportunities

Get Smart Wausau Coalition
Get Smart Wausau Coalition is a combination of professionals from financial institutions, local business, government and nonprofits in the area with the goal of matching local resources for those needing free or low-cost financial education.  There are many free or low cost local classes on Basic Banking, Personal Finance Choices, Basic Life Skills Stretching Your Food Dollar, How to Prevent Eviction and much more.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) mission is to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans — whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other consumer financial products.

Financial Lifestyle Newsletter
AbbyBank offers a monthly email newsletter that updates local and generational trends, scams, financial educational opportunities and items that can help make banking easy for you. Sign up today!

Phishing
When internet fraudsters impersonate a business to trick you into giving out your personal information, it’s called phishing. Don't reply to email, text, or pop-up messages that ask for your personal or financial information. Don’t click on links within them either – even if the message seems to be from an organization you trust. It isn’t. Legitimate businesses don’t ask you to send sensitive information through insecure channels.

The FDIC has a new "Bank Customer's Guide to Cybersecurity" Click here for the FDIC Cybersecurity Guide

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), phishers send an email or pop-up message that claims to be from a business or organization that you deal with - for example, your Internet Service Provider (ISP), bank, online payment service, or even a government agency. The message usually says that you need to "update" or "validate" your account information. It might threaten some dire consequence if you don't respond. The message directs you to a website that looks just like a legitimate organization's site, but it isn't. The purpose of the bogus site? To trick you into divulging your personal information so the operators can steal your identity and run up bills or commit crimes in your name.  For more information on Phishing from the FTC website, click here.  

Basic Educational Website for All

The Mint
This website has many topics for kids, teens, parents, teachers and more. If you are needing help on improving your financial well-being, check this one out.

MyMoney.Gov
This is a great website for consumers to understand about many financial processes including earning, borrowing, saving, investing, spending and protecting your money.

Practical Money Skills
Fun for the whole family with games, videos, personal finance topics and materials for teachers.

FDIC
The FDIC's website offers great information for consumers on many different topics, including Loans & Mortgages, Consumer News & Information, Identity Theft & Fraud, Financial Education & Literacy, etc. In addition, they offer a free email newsletter a few times a year that discusses many current financial topics, click here to sign up.

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