Economic uncertainty and job loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic means a record number of Americans are looking for new employment opportunities. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the unemployment rate was 6.7% in December 2020.
Forget everything you knew about the rush of getting up at 4 a.m. on Black Friday, suiting up in your warmest gear, and eagerly waiting for that glorious moment when the big glass doors to your favorite department store opened for Doorbuster Sales.
What’s more frightening to parents than overspending on Halloween festivities?
When it comes to college students and credit cards, there are plenty of opportunities to improve financial literacy, and some of the best teachable moments arrive before college careers begin.
Whether students have returned to full-time, in-person instruction, hybrid educational models, or 100% virtual learning, one thing is certain...
Are you saving enough? For many Americans, the answer is “no.”
With historically-low mortgage rates, Americans are taking advantage of the current climate to improve their financial outlook.
If 2020 has taught business owners anything, it’s to expect the unexpected.
Reading this from a home office? It’s likely many people are answering “yes” right now.
Here’s a headline sure to catch any parent’s attention: “Money habits are set by age 7. Teach your kids the value of a dollar now.”
When it comes to financial wellness, the best approach is a proactive one, especially during uncertain economic times.
Successful small business owners know they must be resilient, in good times and in times of uncertainty.
With the spread of Coronavirus continuing across the globe, Americans have officially been placed on notice to prepare for a pandemic.
Regardless of the industry, successful business owners share some common traits.
Money management isn’t part of the curriculum in most American schools, but it’s an important skill set for every child to develop.
The end of 2019 marked an exciting time in local banking history as two community banks from neighboring regions merge.
Shopping local is one of the most enjoyable ways to invest in the community. Here are 5 reasons to shop, and bank, small to make a big difference this holiday season, and all year.
Small business owners often wear many hats within their companies to keep things running smoothly.
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.”
Thanksgiving is late this year, which translates into a loss of 6 shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
There’s no doubt about it: even though some aspects of the economy have improved since the Great Recession of 2008...
There was a time when banking required a trip to the neighborhood branch office....
When it’s time to make home improvements, help a college-bound student finance their education, or....
The road to entrepreneurship can be exciting, and daunting. It requires a certain type of personality...
In honor of the grand opening of a new Fidelity Bank office at 1 South Mountain Boulevard, Mountain Top, Fidelity Bank will be giving away $15,000 to one lucky non-profit organization.
Modern technology has given parents more shopping options than ever before, but some are discovering the benefits of more traditional back-to-school shopping money management. There are also a few modern twists on classic budgeting tips, too.
Genuine, honest client feedback is critical to the success of any business, and that includes banking.
When it comes to welcoming a baby into the family, there’s a growing (and exciting!) to-do list for expectant parents, from choosing a name to decorating the nursery, stocking up on baby clothes, and building a library of baby books. Amidst all of this preparation and excitement, it can be easy to postpone, or even overlook, thinking about the financial aspects of adding another family member to the household.
This week, our experts discuss grants and programs available to first-time homebuyers, and they’ve created a checklist that every first-time homebuyer needs.
Need a nest to call your own? We’ll help you prepare.
When you’re thinking of buying your first home, scrolling through the choices and imagine the possibilities on sites such as Zillow and Realtor.com can be fun, but that’s not really where the process begins.
We cover a wide variety of topics in this blog, but regardless of which topic we discuss, there is always an underlying theme: the value of developing a healthy relationship with money is priceless.
There’s been a lot published recently on the national trend of women taking the lead in making financial decisions for their households.
When it comes to swindling people out of their hard-earned money, scam artists are on top of their game.
In less than 10 minutes, you can be on the path to home ownership. You can finance your dream home locally, and do it from the comfort of your home — on your own time —with as much or as little help as you like.
U.S. Stocks cooled off a bit in March compared to the first two months of the year, but overall finished the best quarter for U.S. stocks since 2009. The Federal Reserve’s dovish tilt has raised questions among investors about U.S. and global growth. U.S. Stocks returned 1.94% for the month and 13.65% for the 1st quarter of 2019.
From large corporations to small business owners, this year’s tax season brings some noteworthy changes. Rosemarie Coyne, CPA, AVP, Financial Reporting Specialist at Fidelity Bank, highlights a few new regulations that every business owner should be mindful of as the deadline for filing approaches
Before we go on, it’s important to distinguish between long-term and short term savings, and why we need to create long-term funds. Long-term savings are funds that will sit in reserve for a long time (one to three years), while short-term savings may be used within a year.
“If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it!”
You’ve likely heard this famous Jonathan Winters quote, encouraging us to be proactive in life. We shouldn’t wait for great things to come our way. We should take charge and make great things happen.
Forbes Magazine has rated Fidelity Bank one of the top three banks in Pennsylvania and one of the Best in-state Banks in 2018.
Fidelity Bank is pleased to announce additional investments in its Bankers and communities made possible by the passing of the recent tax reform bill.
Fidelity Bank is donating, and constructing, a full-size playhouse for kids at Aylesworth Park in Lackawanna County and kids get to choose the design.
Whether it’s a clothing boutique, accounting firm, or a simple cottage industry you’ve started in your home – ideas are always easier than execution. Many people dream of the freedom and autonomy of owning their own business. But how can you turn that dream into reality?
As the economy continues to improve, more businesses will be in a position to obtain credit as they identify their capital investment needs and seek financing. Knowing what you need to be “bankable” will ensure your business can access the credit you need to achieve your business objectives.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a vital financing tool when starting or growing a small business. The SBA is a government agency that provides support to maintain and strengthen small businesses. There are many benefits to clients who utilize the SBA for loans. The loans are made through banks and other lenders who partner with the SBA. So, the agency isn’t actually providing the loan, but rather providing a government-backed guarantee on part of the loan.
With tax season in full swing, we can all benefit from additional tips, knowledge, and insight to help improve the financial outcome of our tax returns. Whether you visit an accounting professional or calculate your own tax returns, this three month period can be a stressful time.