Friday Financial Forum July 3 in Bartlesville, Okla.

Tuesday, June 30 at 05:35 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Join us Friday, July 3, at 10 a.m. for our Friday Financial Forum hosted by Jim Bohnsack. We’ll meet in the Friday Forum Room at Arvest's Eastside Branch located at 4225 S.E. Adams Rd., Bartlesville, Okla. Every Friday we invite customers like you to attend our one-hour Financial Forum. 

This week, the well-known Ad Lib Singers will be bringing their Fourth of July Patriotic Extravaganza in music and song! The Ad Lib Singers, who were founded in 1994, is a lively group of music lovers who amuse and entertain with show tunes, gospel, patriotic music and more. They most certainly are aptly named — should the audience hear a mistake, rest assured, they never make a mistake — they simply ad lib!    
 
Most recently, the Ad Lib Singers were showcased at this year’s OK Mozart Festival under the direction of American Kids founder and former Bartian, Dr. Dale Smith, who will be directing at this week’s forum. As a songwriter and performer, Smith produced “Oklahoma’s Will” in celebration of Will Rogers’ 100th birthday. He has written, produced, sung and acted in numerous shows. Recently Smith composed music and lyrics, performed and toured with his original musical production, “The Will and The Wind,” commemorating the plight of Oklahoma’s Dust Bowl era.
 
Please make plans to join us this Friday for a grand celebration of America’s Independence Day! If you have any questions or would like to add someone to the invitation email list, please contact Billie Roane at (918) 337-4358. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
Tags: Bartlesville, Community Support, Oklahoma
 

Mobile Banking Updates

Monday, June 29 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Existing Mobile Banking App users will be prompted to download a required app update on June 30. In this update, the app will look the same and include minor enhancements. Once you have updated the app, you may notice the following updates:

  • Ability to provide feedback on your mobile banking experience, right inside the app
  • Improved visibility of Arvest services found at branch locations
  • Increased compatibility with other Arvest banking systems
Some customers may receive a password expiration message when logging in via the app or mobile web browser. Please log in to Arvest Online Banking from arvest.com via a web browser on your computer or tablet and update your password. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

If you have questions about these updates or need assistance logging in to mobile banking, please contact Customer Service at (866) 952-9523 or visit your local Arvest Bank branch.

New Mobile Banking App users must be signed up for Arvest Online Banking to be able to use the Mobile Banking App. You can sign up for Online Banking by visiting a nearby Arvest Bank branch or calling Customer Service at (866) 952-9523.

This blog edited by Blog Admin on 6/29/15.

Tags: Technology
 

Saving and Investing for Your Future: Questions to Ask Yourself Now

Monday, June 29 at 09:50 AM
Category: Personal Finance

Finding money to put into savings can seem difficult, but there are some strategies that can make it easier. Start by asking yourself these questions.

Do I have savings goals? Knowing how much you want to save and why can help you stick to a plan. For example, if you have a young child, ask yourself if you plan to help pay for college. Research indicates that children who have a college savings fund are more likely to go to college than those who don't. Start by looking at "529 plans" sponsored by your state (typically with cost and tax benefits for residents) and compare them to other 529 plan options. Learn more about college planning at Federal Student Aid.* 
 
How can I spend less? Review how much you spent in the last month and consider ways to cut back. "Start by reviewing recurring expenses — even small ones — and determine what you might be able to cut out, downgrade, or find a better deal on elsewhere," said Luke W. Reynolds, chief of the FDIC's Outreach and Program Development Section.
 
Also try to pay less in interest. For example, if you have multiple loans, pay off the ones with the highest interest rates first. And, regularly reviewing your credit report and correcting errors can result in considerable savings on loans and insurance policies.
 
Do I have an emergency savings fund? Financial experts generally recommend that you have at least six months of living expenses in a federally insured product, such as a savings account or a certificate of deposit (CD). The idea is to help you withstand a major reduction in income, such as from a job loss, or to pay for a major, unexpected home or car repair. To build your "rainy day fund," consider a combination of regular, automated deposits and any "windfalls" you receive, perhaps from a tax refund or a bonus at work.
 
Am I saving money on a regular basis? "Automatic transfers into savings on a set schedule can help you save money before you spend it," said Bobbie Gray, an FDIC supervisory community affairs specialist.
 
How much investment risk am I willing to take? Investments such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds can produce higher returns than bank deposits over many years, but you could also lose some or all of that money. (Remember, nondeposit investments are not insured by the FDIC against loss.) In general, the longer you plan to keep money invested and the greater your tolerance for volatility, the more likely these investments can help you reach your targets.
 
Am I saving enough for retirement? For many, the answer is "no" even when they think it is "yes." Options to save include workplace retirement plans, Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) offered by many banks and investment companies, and the U.S. Treasury Department's new "myRA" (my Retirement Account) program.
 
The myRA account is a simple, safe and affordable retirement savings program that is backed by the U.S. government. Savers can open an account with as little as $25, there are no fees, the account will earn interest at a variable rate, and the investment is protected so the account balance will never go down. Learn more myRA.gov.*
 
"Many working people can save considerably on their taxes through qualified retirement savings. And, if your employer offers a retirement savings program of any kind, find out whether it will match your investment contributions, and then don't lose out on any matches," Reynolds added.
 
Information courtesy of FDIC Consumer News.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Financial Education, Retirement, Savings
 

Closed July 4 for Independence Day

Monday, June 29 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

In recognition of Independence Day, all Arvest branches will be closed Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5. Arvest will be open normal hours on Friday, July 3 and resume normal hours on Monday, July 6. 

As we celebrate America’s independence and freedom, let us remember the brave men and women who continue to fight to preserve this freedom.

For your convenience you can bank 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using:
We hope you have a safe and enjoyable holiday as you celebrate the freedoms we enjoy as Americans!
 
Tags: Holiday Hours, Hours
 

Show American Pride with Patriotic and Military Debit Cards

Monday, June 29 at 07:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Are you proud to be an American? Show your gratitude for your freedoms with our patriotic/military debit cards! The $7.50 debit card replacement fee will be waived June 29, 2015 – July 3, 2015 in honor of Independence Day.

Whether you want to stand up and show your patriotism for a specific branch of the military or simply your status as an American, we’ve got a card for you! Our patriotic/military debit card series includes the following cards: 

- Air Force
- Army 
- Coast Guard
- Marines
- Navy Air
- Navy Water
- USA Pride

To order your debit card, call (866) 952-9523 or visit your local Arvest Bank. To view additional specialty debit card designs, visit arvest.com/style

Holiday Hours
All Arvest branches will be closed Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5. We’ll resume normal business hours on Monday, July 6. 

We hope our patriotic/military debit cards will help so you don’t forget those who served our country!

Available for use with checking accounts only; $50 minimum deposit required to open account. 

Tags: Debit Cards, Holiday Hours

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