The Health Savings Account

Most Americans who go broke annually do so because of medical debt, leading 530,000 families to file for bankruptcy every year. One reason for this is because health care in America can be extremely expensive, and health insurance coverage, even when offered through employment, is often woefully inadequate. Another reason is that Americans don’t often […]

Retirement Strategies

Retirement planning is an industry, and within this industry, there are experts. Experts in the retirement planning industry all see the bigger picture every day, according to the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, a non-profit research group.  They see that in 2021, 22 percent of Americans have less than $5K saved for retirement, and 15 […]

Teach Your Kids Good Money Habits

It’s never too early to begin teaching your kids about money, and there is no better time to start than today. Parents are uniquely equipped to pass on this crucial life skill because young children, as a rule, learn to negotiate the outer world by observing and imitating their primary caregivers. Who better than successful […]

Digital Banking Security

Pete Sedgwick is the Chief Information Officer at DECU and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional. With more than two decades of experience implementing strategies, teams and solutions for large and complex information technology systems across the industry, the Iowa State graduate sits in for us here at the DECU Daily with a guest blog. […]

Three Emerging Trends in Banking

With the recent news that new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. are the lowest reported since the start of the pandemic*, we find ourselves returning to a normal that looks pretty different from the old norm, particularly in banking.  You have likely adapted and adjusted, so has DECU. Here are three emerging trends in banking […]

What Does Your Credit Score Mean?

The Fair Isaac Corporation Lending money is a risky business for moneylenders. But risk is also the cost of doing business. To hedge bets in deciding whether to issue a loan, the FICO Credit Score was adopted nationwide in 1989 as the standard gauge for a potential debtor’s creditworthiness. In the days before credit scoring, […]

Why Budget?

When you know your income and track your expenses, it helps you understand how to invest, save and pay off debt. But just tracking your expenses doesn’t change how much money you can spend every month; it only ever tells you where that money is going.  The path to personal financial wisdom is enlightened by […]

How To Save For A Down Payment On A House

Nationwide home buying statistics for 2020 are not going to look like the rest of the century, because of the economic disruptions caused by Covid-19, but in 2019 the average median down payment for first-time homebuyers was 6 percent of the purchase price.  Likewise, in 2019 the average cost of a brand new home in […]

How to Avoid a Scam

Scams happen on the internet every day. In fact, with instant communications and nearly universal computer access, scams are more present than ever, and the Federal Trade Commission registered more than 2.2 million fraud reports in 2020. A third of all victims reported losing money to the schemes. What can you do to protect yourself […]

Top Tax Tips for 2021

February is the right month to start preparing your 2020 taxes, and the DECU Daily blog has tips that can help get you ready to file. But before you do, let’s take a look at some deadlines. Taxes are due April 15, and you can request an extension until October 15. If you know that […]