Get Your Investments Working for You

ideas to ensure your retirement money is there for you and not the taxman

Stephen Poynter

You’ve probably heard the old joke that here up north there are four seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction. None of us like road construction at the time, right? But it’s better than the alternative ...

Three Apps to Manage Your Debt

tracks your debts (and maybe even save money, too!) the 21st century way

Jen Ekblad

Debt can be overwhelming, and, in some cases, debilitating. The key to managing this stress is getting a handle on your debt – it is crucial to your financial health to know exactly what you owe, even if you really do not want to know ...

The View From the Top

Brandon Riechers, CEO of Royal Credit Union, has climbed the ladder of success

Tom Giffey, photos by Joel Pearish

Brandon Riechers has spent literally half of his life working at Royal Credit Union, beginning in 1996 as a 21-year-old part-time financial sales representative in the office at Golf Road and Highway 93 ...

The Man Who Makes Money Talk

award-winning financial guru Kevin McKinley speaks up about saving, spending – and smartphones

V1 Staff

It’s shaping up be to be big year for Eau Claire financial advisor and public radio host Kevin McKinley: This fall, he marks 30 years as a financial advisor (“I’m starting to get the hang of it,” he quips), and last ...

Wisconsinites Are Money Smart

study says we’re financially literate, but we still act like everyone else

J. Michael Collins

In recent years, communities, schools, and families have sought to help people be better able to avoid money troubles by promoting financial literacy and, in turn, financial capability. A new national study shows these efforts are finding success in Wisconsin ...

A Breakdown of Your Wisconsin Income Taxes at Work

Scott Gordon

When Wisconsin’s Legislature crafts the state budget every two years, it relies in part on state income tax payments from about 2.5 million households. In 2016, Wisconsinites paid $7.7 billion in state ...

Every Little Bit Helps

when it comes to college savings, even small amounts can inspire success

UW Extension

A doctor or singer or maybe an astronaut? Young children have plenty of dreams when it comes to what they want to be when they grow up. Parents know those career dreams keep changing as their children ...

How to Give Back to the Valley

You don’t have to be a millionaire to be a philanthropist. Community foundations can help multiply your generosity.

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Sooner or later, there comes a time in most of our lives when we feel the desire to give back to our communities. Depending on our means and motivation, this desire can manifest itself in something as simple ...

Advancing Hope, One Loan at a Time

nonprofit a ‘life vest’ for those whose only options are high-interest loans

Julie Thalhuber Bendel

Amanda was at a low point in her life. The recently divorced mother of five was told that the home she was renting would no longer be a rental. Although a business owner before moving to Eau Claire, the needs of her children ...

What's Your Money Personality?

knowing the answer can help ease your personal finance worries

Barbara Arnold

"What’s Your Money Personality?” That was the question 20 or so of us wanted answered in a workshop held at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in early May ...

Feeling the Financial Squeeze

It’s no surprise that most of us stress over money. so what can we do about it?

Tom Giffey

News flash: Money causes stress! As far as headlines go, that’s about as surprising as “Sky appears blue” and “Wisconsin produces cheese.” However, because confronting a problem is the first step to overcoming it, it’s important to examine just how and why finances cause such stress for us ...

Who You Gonna Call?

sorting out the kind of financial professional you need

Tom Giffey

Need some financial advice, but not sure where to turn? You’re not alone. There are lots of financial advisers with lots of similar-sounding titles out there. We talked to a pair of pros who carry different designations about what they do and how the people in their profession can help you ...

5 Great Money Tips for Young People

RCU Spokester Shelby Wodarck wants you to get money smart so you can have more cash fun

Shelby Wodarck, photos by Andrea Paulseth

We all have heard it time and time again: Budgeting this, budgeting that. But what if there actually is something to this? Do you really know what your budget is? How much can you really spend on a night out on the town or at a restaurant? Have you ever taken the time to really map it out? If you were like me ...

Making Sense of Your Money

RCU, WESTconsin offer in-school programs to boost kids’ financial smarts

Tom Giffey

Ask many middle school students what they want to be when they grow up, and you’ll probably hear answers like “pro football player” or “video-game tester” or “pro football player who also tests video games.” For students involved in programs ...

Mastering Your Money

Chippewa Valley financial guru Kevin McKinley says the key to financial freedom is simple: Just spend less.

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Kevin McKinley is one of the most recognizable financial figures in the Chippewa Valley, in no small part because of the decade-plus he’s spent doling out good-humored advice on Wisconsin Public Radio and in a weekly ...

Learning About Your Money

Western Dairyland financial literacy specialist Adrian Klenz on the Valley's need for financial educational

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Adrian Klenz wants change. As a financial literacy specialist at Western Dairyland Community Action Agency, his vision is a world where everyone is financially literate, they’re taught the basics of personal finance alongside math ...

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