Money talks.

Our blog is written by experts — who also happen to be real people who have experienced the same financial concerns you have. Read on for real talk about real finances.

Is VA financing right for you? A webinar recap.

When financing your home, the options can seem overwhelming and complex. Opinions and information abound, making it difficult to find the choices that might be best for you. Fortunately, Cobalt CU recently presented a webinar about whether a Veteran Administration Guaranteed Loan (also known as VA financing or VA loan) could be a good option for you. Alan Stoltenberg, Vice President of Mortgage... Continue Reading »

Helping you answer the question, “How much do I need to retire?”

If you plan right, there will come a day when you hang up the gloves, so to speak, on your working days. If you’re asking yourself, “How much do I need to retire?” what’s really on your mind might be at what point you can stop working for a living and start living for the dreams, passions, people, places, interests, and causes that matter most to you. The three simple questions below will ... Continue Reading »

Get in the game: Make a winning plan for your financial goals

It takes a lot of effort for a football team to look effortless on game day. Teams pull it off only after developing stacks of detailed plays and practicing them to perfection. The same holds true when it comes to reaching your financial goals. Hoping for the best does not count as a real plan. So when you’re looking at your long-term financial future, investing a little time in goal setting ... Continue Reading »

Wondering how to pay off debt? Here’s a handy guide to get you started.

For many people, debt can inch upward slowly, especially if there are multiple types of accounts involved, like lines of credit, loans, and credit cards. For others, a major event – such as a health emergency or unexpected home repair – can throw a careful financial plan out of whack. No matter where you are with loans, getting a handle on your accounts is a great first step toward learning... Continue Reading »

Average credit card debt. (And why you should aim for below average.)

According to the Federal Reserve, the average U.S. household credit card debt is around $7,000 ­– and as a country, we owe over $850 billion in total credit card debt. However, those statistics don’t mean that every adult in the country owes at least a few thousand to credit cards. The stat simply considers the total amount of credit card debt owed and divides that number by the number ... Continue Reading »

Need help getting out of debt? Start here.

Debt can quickly begin to feel like a challenging burden, especially when those balances keep creeping upward. It’s smart to look for help getting out of debt before it spirals out of control. Even if you’re not facing much debt now, or just starting on your credit path, it’s important to understand the impact that debt can have so you can make better financial decisions now and in the futur... Continue Reading »

Reach for the gold with family financial goals

With the Olympics just around the corner, we can’t help but think about the similarities between preparing for a big sporting event and preparing for financial success. Athletes don’t achieve Olympic-level skills overnight, and neither do savers. It’s never too early to teach kids the value of money by including them in the process of setting and achieving your family’s financial goals. He... Continue Reading »

Don’t be a victim of tax identity theft: 7 steps to take right now

You’ve learned you’re entitled to a tax refund. Could there be more joyous tax news? Unfortunately, if tax identity thieves have their way, you may never see that refund. In fact, Time magazine reports it’s estimated that more than 1 million U.S. taxpayers have their refunds stolen each year. Time further reports that National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson told Congress tax-related i... Continue Reading »

Mythbuster: Your paycheck is what affects credit scores

Of all the myths about what affects credit scores, one of the most persistent seems to be that a higher income level leads to a higher credit score. After all, if you make more money, it’s likely that you can secure more credit, and that would make your score go up, right? In actuality, that’s not how credit scores are calculated. Instead of looking at income, credit scores rely most heavi... Continue Reading »

Mythbuster: Should you close a credit card account to improve your credit score?

Seeing a zero balance on a credit card statement is a great feeling, especially if you’ve worked hard to pay off that debt. At that point, you may feel like getting rid of that card completely, and you might be asking yourself, “Should I close my credit card account? Would that improve my credit score?” The answer to both questions is no. Although closing an account would give you les... Continue Reading »