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What Matters Most – Teaching Children to Save

What Matters Most – Teaching Children to Save

In this episode, we talk about teaching children to save with Tara Baldwin and Ryan Dotson, Relationship Advisors at First United offices in Morgantown, West Virginia. Tara and Ryan spearheaded a virtual outreach effort using remote teaching tools: videos and printable items, to help teachers and parents with financial education tools during the pandemic.

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What Matters Most – PPP Loan Forgiveness with Brian Boal

What Matters Most – PPP Loan Forgiveness with Brian Boal

In this week’s episode, we discuss the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness with Brian Boal, CPA, principal and founder of Boal & Associates, PC, located in Oakland, Maryland. In our discussion, we discuss the questions currently surrounding the PPP program, and specifically what portion of the loan is forgivable and the best practices to ensure your business will be able to maximize that forgiveness.

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Helping You Fight Fraud

Helping You Fight Fraud

Digital fraudsters have developed COVID-related scams to take advantage of consumers during this very challenging time. Be cautious and follow these tips to keep yourself and your finances safe and secure.

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What Matters Most Podcast – Fraud & Identity Theft Prevention

What Matters Most Podcast – Fraud & Identity Theft Prevention

Please note that this episode was recorded in the weeks prior to the pandemic. However, new fraud attempts are on the rise related to this crisis, we encourage individuals and businesses to remain vigilant and contact your financial institution if you are uncertain of a request for your information or for money. In this episode, we discuss fraud and identity theft on a broad scale with Eric Goff and Jennifer Kreighbaum from the First United Compliance and Fraud Department.

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Financial Literacy: Compound Interest

Financial Literacy: Compound Interest

Understanding interest is crucial when investing your money. Given the option to earn simple or compound interest, you should always choose the latter. To understand compound interest, you first need to have a good understanding of simple interest. Here at First United Bank & Trust, we strive to make wealth management as easy as possible, so we’ve put together a helpful guide that clearly outlines how compound interest works.

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Allegany County health department launches COVID-19 call center

Allegany County health department launches COVID-19 call center

The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act 2020 (H.R. 6074) expanded the Small Business Act’s definition of a disaster to include Coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, the SBA will be able to provide Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) under a Governor’s Certification Disaster Declaration.

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A Message from the US Small Business Administration

A Message from the US Small Business Administration

The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act 2020 (H.R. 6074) expanded the Small Business Act’s definition of a disaster to include Coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, the SBA will be able to provide Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) under a Governor’s Certification Disaster Declaration.

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Financial Reactions to the Global Spread of the COVID-19 Virus

Financial Reactions to the Global Spread of the COVID-19 Virus

Financial markets are reacting to the global spread of the COVID-19 virus. While we are tasked with focusing on the economic and market impacts of the virus, our first concern continues to be around those impacted and the brave health care workers helping the afflicted. Investors are feeling anxious as markets are moving sharply lower so our team wanted to keep you informed and try to cut through the market noise.

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To Buy or Not to Buy?

To Buy or Not to Buy?

Investing is like life: nothing ventured, nothing gained.If you're planning to buy a home, you probably have good reasons for your decision. It may be that you share the feeling that owning your own home is a key part of the American dream. But there are also...

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Join the 2020 Pay It Forward Initiative!

Join the 2020 Pay It Forward Initiative!

First United Bank & Trust, in partnership with the Maryland Bankers Association’s Emerging Leaders Program, will be conducting a FLEECE BLANKET DRIVE beginning now through March 31. All donations will go to the non-profit, London's Legacy.  Their mission is to...

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An Uncommon Story – March-Westin

An Uncommon Story – March-Westin

Phil Weser shares the inspiring, uncommon story of March-Westin. We celebrate the uncommon stories from our community! Our collective stories bind us, strengthen and empower us. It’s why, at First United, we’re so committed to helping your story take shape and seeing it play out.

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Phone Scam Concerns

Phone Scam Concerns

Every day, fraudsters are increasing their efforts to acquire account information. At First United, we have a strong commitment to keeping your personal information secure.

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Cut the Cost of Your Loan Debt

Cut the Cost of Your Loan Debt

Loans give us the ability to pay for things we otherwise could never afford. Can you imagine if you couldn’t get a loan for a car or a house? If mortgages weren’t a thing, most Americans wouldn’t ever own a home. Loans and mortgages are definitely good, but only when you use them responsibly.

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Be Cautious – Watch for Scams this season!

Be Cautious – Watch for Scams this season!

The security of your personal information is important to us, especially during this holiday season. Large amounts of electronic transactions and notifications occur this time of year, increasing fraudulent activity. Awareness should be at a...

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5 Major Investing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

5 Major Investing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

It’s equally as important to learn about investment mistakes as it is to bone up on investment tips and tricks. Whether you’re looking for good investments for beginners or you’re a seasoned investor who has doubled your earnings in the past year, staying up-to-date with the latest investment missteps is key to solidifying your wealth management.

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An Uncommon Story – FCX Systems

An Uncommon Story – FCX Systems

FCX Systems co-founders, Allen Wright and Matt Howell, share their uncommon story. At First United, we celebrate the uncommon stories from our community! Our collective stories bind us, strengthen and empower us. It’s why, at First United, we’re so committed to helping your story take shape and seeing it play out.

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The 10 Best Car-Buying Tips!

The 10 Best Car-Buying Tips!

A vehicle is a major investment. Even used cars have an average price of $20,000 and if you finance, your monthly payments could be $400 or more. So, before you begin shopping for a new car, consider these 10-best car-buying tips.

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Four Ways to Save on Car Insurance

Four Ways to Save on Car Insurance

With automobile insurance mandatory in most states, you know you have to buy it. Sorting through the advertising jargon to discover what is the best deal for you is time-consuming and confusing. Here are five quick tips you can use to save money and protect yourself in case you are in a wreck.

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Attention Women-owned Businesses: Your Guide to the Best Loans

Attention Women-owned Businesses: Your Guide to the Best Loans

Favorable economic conditions make it easier than ever for individuals to secure loans with low interest rates. Also, mainstream financial institutions often look at only the past three years of credit history to approve a small business loan, making it viable for emerging entrepreneurs to tap into the funds they need to create a thriving company. 

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An Uncommon Story – Ascension Recovery Services

An Uncommon Story – Ascension Recovery Services

Ascension Recovery Services, headquartered in Morgantown, West Virginia, was founded by CEO Doug Leech. Leech has gone through addiction and recovery himself, leading to a level of empathy, understanding, and commitment to its residents and community that’s unparalleled to anywhere else. That’s why First United Bank is proud to help share its uncommon story.

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6 Apps that can Save you Big at the Gas Pump

6 Apps that can Save you Big at the Gas Pump

Gas prices are one of those budget items that are unpredictable at times. Oil prices can be affected by the political climate, trade disputes and refinery issues. You can fuel up for $50 one week and pay nearly twice that much the next. These apps can help ease the burden on your wallet.

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