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Lloyd Branch Security Update 9/16

Due to a security incident this morning, we’ve made the decision to leave the Lloyd Branch doors locked for the remainder of the day today, Thursday, September 16. While we don’t anticipate any further incidents, we’ve made this decision for the safety of our members and staff. Our Member Service team will be available to provide you access to the … Continue reading


How to Handle Mixed-Income Friendships

Finally, as the country reopens, you’re likely seeing more of your friends. Out with the video chatting and in with the high-fiving, hugging and, well, spending. For every dinner, there’s a check to pay; for every wedding, a gift to buy; and for every concert, a ticket to score. You may notice that you and your reunited friends handle these … Continue reading


Afford the Summer of Your Dreams by Building a Budget

As concerts, vacations and social gatherings resume, it can be easy to overspend on summer fun, especially coming off of a year of quarantine. Creating a budget for summertime and beyond can help you keep track of your money, says certified financial planner Jason Dall’Acqua, president of Crest Wealth Advisors, based in Annapolis, Maryland. Dall’Acqua advises doing three things to … Continue reading


Financial Vital Signs to Monitor Right Now

A midyear financial review is often a good idea. This year, it’s almost essential. With people going back to offices, travel resuming and Congress making significant changes to various laws affecting your finances, consider taking some time to check in on your money. You might be able to make some smart moves to reflect the new realities. Budgeting See where … Continue reading


COVID-19 Update: Oregon Reopening on June 30th. What does this mean?

By now, you may heard Gov. Brown’s announcement that Oregon will reopen this Wednesday, June 30th, which includes ending the mask mandate. Unfortunately, Oregon OSHA has not yet weighed in on how this new directive will be implemented for Oregon businesses, including Point West. Oregon OSHA’s input is crucial before any changes can be announced. For now, Point West will … Continue reading


4 Tips for Small-Business Owners Paying Down Pandemic Debt

After more than a year of navigating lockdowns, mandates and COVID-19 protocols, small-business owners are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. But the debt many needed to take on to weather the pandemic still casts an ominous shadow. In 2020, 79% of small employer firms (up to 499 employees) reported having outstanding debt, up from … Continue reading


Make a Plan to Get Your Money Resolution Back on Track

We’re three months into 2021. Let’s check on those financial New Year’s resolutions. (Remember those?) Quite possibly, they’ve already gone awry. Maybe you planned to build a $1,000 emergency fund, but the balance is still zero. Or perhaps you swore off takeout, yet you’re scraping the last bite of chow mein from a paper container as you read this. Don’t … Continue reading


3 Ways COVID-19 Reshuffled Our Finances

The U.S. economy ground to a halt in March 2020 as state after state issued lockdown orders and shut down businesses to blunt the spread of the coronavirus. A year later, mask-wearing is commonplace, the phrase “social distancing” is now in the dictionary, elbow bumps have replaced fist bumps and hugs are still on pause. The tumult of the COVID-19 … Continue reading


Turn Your Quarantine Clutter Into Money

I placed more online orders than I can count in 2020. And I justified all of them. My front porch was filled with boxes containing all sorts of things: furniture (I needed to redecorate), paper towels (I needed to stock up), crafts (I needed activities), board games (more activities) and a treadmill (I needed exercise). But if I’m being honest, … Continue reading



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