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Cyber Securing Your Home

Cyber Securing Your Home

The SANS Institute has released a really helpful Home Cyber Security poster with tips on ensuring your home and home network are as secure as possible.

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What Matters Most – Financing Your Education with Jason VanSickle & Laura Helmich

What Matters Most – Financing Your Education with Jason VanSickle & Laura Helmich

What Matters Most today is Financing Your Education. We’re joined today by Jason VanSickle, Vice President & Director of Automated Lending and Laura Helmich, Student Loan Specialist at First United Bank & Trust. We discuss the big decisions and the financial process involved in receiving, applying for or refinancing your student aid: scholarships, federal aid and private student loans for gap coverage.

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Congratulations to Chuck Eichelberger!

Congratulations to Chuck Eichelberger!

Chuck Eichelberger is a Community Relationship Manager at First United’s Edgewood Office. He was recently recognized for outstanding contributions to the United Way of Washington County by receiving the Jesse L. Kagle Jr. Distinguished Volunteer Service Award. This...

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Current Market Refinance Trends in Real Estate

Current Market Refinance Trends in Real Estate

Today’s mortgage rates, thanks in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic, reached an all-time low average of 3.15% for 30-year fixed-rates and 2.62% for 15-year fixed-rates in May. Between generous government stimulus checks and a rush to save more money as the coronavirus continues to linger, today’s economic environment may present a prime opportunity for homeowners interested in refinancing to secure favorable terms.

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CISA Cyber Essentials Toolkit

CISA Cyber Essentials Toolkit

The Cysbersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) launched a toolkit! The toolkit contains modules which break down Cyber Essentials into bite-sized actions. Each module is will aid IT and C-suite leadership work toward full implementation of each Cyber...

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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!

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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