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January 2024 Market Review

February 15, 2024

Fidelity Bank – Wealth ManagementJanuary 2024William J. Fennie III, CFA Global markets were a mixed bag to start the new year. After a rally in almost every asset class to end 2023, January saw US stocks rise 1.68%, while US Investment Grade Bonds fell 0.28%. Strength of the economy, inflation, disinflation, and the speed and […]

Electronic Payments Keep You Safe and Informed

January 23, 2024

Are you looking for a fast, safe and convenient way to do everything from paying bills to making purchases? Say goodbye to the risks associated with writing checks or using cash—electronic payments are a much safer and convenient alternative. Whether you use your Fidelity Bank Visa® Debit Card, a credit card, or utilize electronic bill […]

Paying Off Debt: Snowball vs. Avalanche

January 9, 2024

Debt doesn’t have to be a dirty word. Many of us rely on loans whether for school, a home, or unexpected expenses. While loans can be a valuable resource, managing them wisely is crucial for financial well-being. Navigating through debt can be an overwhelming task, but with a strategic approach, you can take control of […]

The Risks of Mailing Checks: Why It’s Time to Consider Safer Alternatives

January 4, 2024

We live in a digital age. And while banking electronically has become the norm for many people, the practice of mailing checks is still common for many. Checks may seem like an easy solution for making payments, but they often come with risks, especially fraud. In this latest blog, we delve into smarter alternatives for […]

Watch Out for Package Delivery Scams

December 18, 2023

‘Tis the season for online shopping. These days, it seems like we’re always waiting for a package to be delivered—and scammers know that. Beware of Unsolicited Messages Be cautious of unexpected texts, phone calls, emails, or door tags claiming issues with your shipment. Scammers often create convincing messages, complete with legitimate logos, urging you to […]

Don’t Let Overspending Spoil Your Holidays

December 13, 2023

Holiday spending can easily spin out of control, so don’t let a happy time of year turn into a regretful one. While it can feel great to give, it’s important to know what you can afford so you’re not stuck paying for this year’s gifts – and the interest charges – well into next year. […]

Navigating the Financial Landscape: Fidelity Bank Wealth Management’s 2023 Year-End Review

December 12, 2023

In this blog, Cathy Mihalick, Esq., CTFA, Fidelity Bank’s VP and Trust Officer shares her expertise in estate and financial planning, offering insightful takeaways for the year-end review and planning process. As 2023 draws to a close … It is hard to believe we are approaching the end of calendar year 2023.  At the beginning […]

Tips To Avoid Holiday Scams

November 29, 2023

‘Tis the season to be wary of deals that are too good to be true, emails that want to know too much about you, and fake charities that want your money too. While the holidays are a great time for giving, cyber criminals often target them for taking – whether it’s your personal information or […]

The American Dream Shouldn’t Come with Unsolicited Mortgage Offers

November 6, 2023

How to prevent unwanted pre-screened offers from other creditors Purchasing a new home is a big step and commitment, but the financial and lifestyle benefits can be very rewarding. If you are considering buying a new home, let us be first in welcoming you to the American Dream! At Fidelity Bank, we pride ourselves on […]

Phishing for information – what you need to know

August 25, 2023

In today’s digital age, phishing attempts are rampant. It’s essential to be vigilant. Consider this: You receive an email: “Your Netflix subscription has ended because we couldn’t validate your account. Click here to restart your membership…” Hold on! If your card information remains unchanged, why this email? This could be a phishing ploy, with potential […]

Digital banking: is it really more secure?

August 17, 2023

When it comes to managing finances in a digital world, headlines can be overwhelming, and sometimes, downright scary. It can be difficult to know what technology is safe to use and what products pose risks. To help sort it out, we’re offering up some insights and strategies for modern money management from Assistant Vice President […]

7 Tips for Avoiding Debit Card Fraud

August 1, 2023

Pop quiz… Could you be a victim of debit card fraud if you still physically have the card in your possession? The answer is yes! Unfortunately, technology has made it possible for thieves to steal your card without ever laying a hand on it. Beware of Skimmers Skimmers are devices that capture the data from […]

Every Business Needs a Continuity Plan

July 25, 2023

Do you have a continuity plan? Gosh, we hope so. If the past few years have taught business owners anything, it’s to expect the unexpected. While business disruption is never easy, having a business continuity plan in place can ease some of the stress and financial hardship when a disaster occurs. The plan outlines protocol […]

The Student Loan Repayment Scramble: Fidelity Bank can help.

July 19, 2023

By now you’ve likely heard some murmurings of the federal government’s Student Loan Forgiveness Plan that’s been abuzz in the news. If not, here is a quick summation: the plan promised to erase up to $20,000 of federal student debt per applicant, but was quickly met with opposition and left with the Supreme Court to […]

How Community Banking Can Help Guard Against Fraud

July 7, 2023

The way we do business has changed drastically over the past 3 years. With an emphasis on online sales, curbside and delivery services, and remote work environments, businesses have adapted to ensure the safety of their employees and customers. Unfortunately, this shift has created a golden opportunity for scam artists and criminals specializing in business […]

Tips for Business Email Compromise (BEC)

November 30, 2022

Email is by far the most common way for a business to communicate. Business Email Compromise (BEC) is a phishing email that targets businesses. Email is by far, the most common way for a business to communicate within the organization and with outside vendors or partners so this is a big threat. Since 2016, there […]

Cyber Security Tips for this Holiday Season

November 15, 2022

The holiday seasons is almost upon us but that doesn’t mean everyone is in the festive mood. Cyber criminals don’t slow down. Here are a few tips to keep in mind while shopping for the holiday.

Home Improvement

September 26, 2022

Spring is the perfect time to tackle your home renovation to-do list, but it can be a challenge to figure out which projects will yield the greatest return on your investment. If you’re thinking of refinancing your home to pay for these projects, there is a lot to consider.

How to make your home’s equity work for you

September 12, 2022

As more Americans are practicing social distancing and staying home right now, it may be a good time to make a home improvement list for the future. A Home Equity Loan is one of the most affordable ways to get money when you need it most. In short, a home equity loan allows a borrower to use the equity in his or her home as collateral. It gives you the opportunity to take the money you’ve invested in your property, and use it for other things.

7 strategies to help prevent business fraud

September 4, 2022

With an emphasis on online sales, curbside and delivery services, and remote work environments, businesses have adapted to comply with health and safety regulations. This shift has created a golden opportunity for scam artists and criminals specializing in business fraud.

Protecting Against Debit Card Fraud

September 1, 2022

Can you be a victim of debit card fraud if you still physically have the card in your possession? The answer is yes!

Save It or Shred It?

August 15, 2022

Clutter. It can sneak up on even the most well-intentioned, organized people, and it comes in many forms, from mementos and collectibles, to clothing and electronics — and even financial records. It’s estimated that 1 in 4 Americans is concerned, and stressed, about the amount of clutter in their homes. Fortunately, there is a substantial amount of information available on how to tackle those piles of financial records, and build some peace of mind.

5 Back-to-School Money Management Tips for Parents

August 8, 2022

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.

Is it time you consulted a Wealth Manager? We can help.

April 1, 2021

For those who may need a higher level of financial services, Fidelity Bank Wealth Management Division’s team approach can provide the necessary assistance. Members of the team provide investment and asset management, private banking, and trust and fiduciary services. From clients who are in the early stages of their careers, to those who are well-established

Ready to Remodel? 7 Tips to Plan a Successful Renovation

March 11, 2021

Working and learning remotely for the past year has caused many people to reconsider what “home” means to them. Preparing more meals at home can lead to dreams of modernized kitchen, and lack of space can quickly become apparent when everyone is home at the same time for months. For those who have not experienced

Job hunting? Follow these tips for preventing fraud

January 21, 2021

Economic uncertainty and job loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic means a record number of Americans are looking for new employment opportunities.

FDIC Insurance Coverage

January 12, 2021

FDIC insurance covers all deposit accounts including checking and savings accounts, money market deposit accounts and certificates of deposit (CDs). These accounts at Fidelity Bank are insured by the FDIC up to the standard maximum deposit insurance amount ($250,000) per depositor for each deposit insurance ownership category.

Ready. Set. Shop! (Just don’t forget your holiday budget)

November 19, 2020

With an early start to holiday shopping, and a greater variety of shopping options, sticking to your holiday budget may be more challenging than ever, but don’t worry. You can shop and support the economy without overspending. You just need a new gameplan.

College students: is it time for a credit card? What you need to know before you apply for credit

October 15, 2020

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.

Are you saving enough? 6 strategies to build that nest egg

September 18, 2020

For many Americans, the answer is “no.” An article published by CNBC addressed this issue in 2019, citing some startling statistics from the Federal Reserve: 40% of Americans have not reserved $400 for an emergency, and 25 percent of Americans have nothing saved for retirement.

Strategies for Success for Business Owners

May 28, 2020

Many entrepreneurs find themselves branching out on their own because they are driven by passion and skill in their field. From the chef who becomes a restaurateur, to the graphic designer who launches their own advertising agency, or the driver who becomes president of their own trucking company, the possibilities are endless for talented people who want to own and operate a business.

Strategies to maintain and build good credit, now and in the future

May 14, 2020

When it comes to financial wellness, the best approach is a proactive one, especially during uncertain economic times. Perhaps now more than ever, it’s important to take steps to protect, and build, credit.

Banking at home: there’s an app for that!

April 23, 2020

Embracing the latest technology can be helpful on so many levels. From gaining increased flexibility in the workplace, to making everyday tasks easier and more efficient, there are countless ways to improve quality of life with digital services.

When business is disrupted, businesses spring into action

April 9, 2020

Successful small business owners know they must be resilient, in good times and in times of uncertainty. As the world copes with the COVID-19 pandemic, entrepreneurs have swiftly modified their business models and adopted new operational and management procedures.

Preparing for Retirement

March 5, 2020

While balancing work, family, and friends, it can be easy to let certain financial subjects lie dormant in the “let’s think about that later” section of the brain. Saving for retirement can be one of those subjects, but it’s important to resist that tendency. Regardless of one’s financial situation, it’s always a good idea to evaluate retirement savings options. It’s never too late to start, or modify, a plan.

The Financial Analysis: what it is, and why every small business owner should be doing it

January 30, 2020

Angelo DeCesaris, Vice-President and Business Relationship Manager at Fidelity Bank in Kingston, explains the basics of financial analysis and why regular evaluation is critical to the success of every small business.

The best time to start teaching kids about money? Today!

January 23, 2020

Money management isn’t part of the curriculum in most American schools, but it’s an important skill set for every child to develop. There are lots of ways parents can incorporate financial management lessons into daily life, and the best time to start is now.

Healthy personal finance tips for the small business owner

December 5, 2019

Kevin McCormick, Vice President & Business Banking Relationship Manager, and Lauren Luongo, Business Relationship Manager, share some tips on what every small business owner should focus on as one year closes, and another begins.

Do this, not that: Remedies for a few common financial mistakes.

October 31, 2019

Overspending, relying too heavily on credit cards, and investing in a home that’s just too costly are among the most common financial mistakes even smart people make.

Ready for holiday shopping? Consider creating the tradition instead of the gift

October 24, 2019

To avoid post-holiday bill blues in January, Jill Valentini, Assistant Vice President & Retail Branch Manager, Fidelity Bank in Dunmore, offers a few strategies on making a holiday budget, checking it twice, and sticking to it. With a little creativity and determination, it can be done.

How to Avoid Shimming

October 18, 2019

While many consumers are well-versed in the perils of skimmers, they may not realize that criminals have upgraded their tactics with Skimmer’s evil cousin — the Shim. What’s the difference between the two?

Overcoming financial stress, one strategy at a time

October 3, 2019

There’s no doubt about it: even though some aspects of the economy have improved since the Great Recession of 2008, financial stress continues to be an issue for most Americans. The American Psychological Association (APA) 2015 Stress in America Survey revealed that 72 percent of Americans reported feeling stressed about money at least some of the time during the prior month. Transcending gender, race and socio-economic status, the issue is particularly prevalent among parents and those under age 50.

How technology has given banking a modern makeover

September 26, 2019

Today, modern banking can be done with the click of an app on a smart phone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some people rarely, if ever, visit their local office. It’s amazing how far the industry has come in just a short time. Take a look at some of the advantages technology adopted by Fidelity Bank affords today’s clients that previous generations never could have imagined.

Dream of being an entrepreneur? 5 Tips for Startup Success!

September 5, 2019

The road to entrepreneurship can be exciting, and daunting. It requires a certain type of personality, a high level of skill, and a lot of planning – including financial. Small businesses make a big impact on the economy of local communities, and the country as a whole.

Shopping for a new bank? Consider the benefits of relationship banking.

July 29, 2019

Genuine, honest client feedback is critical to the success of any business, and that includes banking. This makes an annual survey conducted by Forbes Magazine and the analytics firm, Statista, particularly relevant to Fidelity Bank clients.

Baby on the way? A few tips for expectant parents to get their financial house in order

July 25, 2019

Jody Lewis, Branch Manager in Moosic, (and, incidentally, the mother of triplets who knows a little something about planning) offers a few financial tips to help expectant parents get their financial house in order, before and after, baby’s arrival.

Financing a College Education

July 18, 2019

Kristi Cleveland, Branch Manager, Fidelity Bank in Peckville, shares 5 things every college-bound student and parent should know about preparing to pay for college.

First time homebuyers: make a list and check it twice!

June 27, 2019

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.

Buying Your First Home: Part 1

June 20, 2019

n Part I of our first-time home buying series, Paul Arvay, Vice President and Mortgage Consultant in Dunmore, and Michael Coury, Assistant Vice President & Mortgage Consultant in Kingston, give us our assignments, and walk us through the exciting world of first-time home buying — from start to finish.

Estate Planning: What You Need

June 13, 2019

Estate planning. It may not be something we care to think about when we’re healthy, building our careers, and enjoying family life, but that’s exactly when we should be thinking about it. By being proactive now, we can ease the burden our loved ones may face in the future.

Beyond the Piggy Bank: Teaching Your Kids Healthy Money Management Skills

May 30, 2019

How young is too young to talk about finances? When should they start saving? How should teens handle money, and what will new college graduates need to know before they enter the workforce? Our experts have a few tips (and tricks) up their sleeves.

Careers in Banking That Just May Surprise You

May 16, 2019

If you or someone you know is looking for an interesting career opportunity, it may be the perfect time to consider the world of banking. Mary McNichols, Senior Vice President and Director of Human Resources, and Rhonda Grover, Human Resources Administrator, explain.

Can you spot a scam? 10 warning signs everyone should know.

April 25, 2019

When it comes to swindling people out of their hard-earned money, scam artists are on top of their game. Continually crafting new schemes to prey upon people of all ages and backgrounds, anyone can become a victim if caught unprepared.

Want to apply for a mortgage online with a local bank? There’s an app for that!

April 18, 2019

Fidelity has been the number one mortgage lender in Lackawanna County for the past 12 years, and this new technology is making it easier than ever for home buyers and builders to apply safely and conveniently online.

Financial Advice: Millennial to Millennial

April 11, 2019

If you were born between 1981 and 1996, your generation is facing some unique challenges when it comes to finances. You likely have higher student loan payments than your older siblings with a lifestyle including conveniences that come with a cost. Using smart phones, tablets, and ordering meals through an app adds up.

Long-term savings: Why you need an emergency fund, and how to start one today.

February 28, 2019

Last week, we talked about short-term savings and gave you some practical tips on getting started. (If you missed it, click here to catch up). This week, we’re going long! If you don’t have a plan for long-term savings, there’s no time like the present to start building your fund.

6 Tips for Short-Term Savings

February 21, 2019

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. Perhaps we can apply this approach to our finances, too. If our ship is financial stability, then saving for the future is our way of swimming out to meet it.

Borrowing Basics and SBA Loans

March 2, 2016

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.