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January 2016

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Independence Banking Center
In 2008 Independence joined the Community National Bank family upon the purchase of the two downtown Independence locations from Commerce Bank.
Looking Back, Looking Forward

We look forward to what this fascinating world brings us in 2016, but before we turn the page on 2015 letís look back on some of the most compelling events of the past year.
CNB&T Partnering with C.A.S.H. Program

Interfaith Housing Services, Inc of Hutchinson, KS is helping low and moderate income residents of Kansas with "Creating Cash, Assets and Hope."
Climb Your Way to Higher Rates Using a C. D. Ladder

Certificates of deposit, or CDs, have proven to be a smart way to earn a higher yield with your money while having the assurance of FDIC insurance.
Bypassing Buyer's Remorse

You just purchased that breathtaking ring or wristwatch you've been eyeing in the jewelry store.  Or may you bought that state-of-the-art computer or the Harley motorcycle you've dreamed of owning.  How did your big ticket purchase make you feel?  Elated, then uncomfortable?  Excited, until you felt that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach?  It's likely you had a case of buyer's remorse. 
Understanding Loan Consolidation
The upsides, the downsides and the caveats

Plain and simple, debt consolidation doesnít always save you money. Student loans are most often consolidated, but itís also common for people to take out a consolidation loan to roll any number of debts into one. While either of these could be a great idea, there are also many instances in which loan consolidation does not make sense. Itís best to know all the facts before taking action.
Should You Automate All Your Bill Payments?
The pros and cons of both sides

Nowadays, many checking and savings accounts allow consumers to set up automatic bill pay, which allows you to set up payments for your bills with just one click of a button. Gone are the days when you have to remember when your bills are due since automatic bill pay automatically pays them.
Health Insurance: Behind the Deductible
Understanding your health insurance deductible

If you are trying to understand your current health insurance better or trying to compare potential new plans, you can find a breakdown, usually in the form of a chart or table, that lists your premiums, deductibles, copays and coinsurance. But what exactly do these terms mean, and how do they affect you? The following information can help you sort them out.
Five Yoga Moves for Stress
Stretch away the anxiety
Photo: Five Yoga Moves for Stress
A big work presentation. When a loved one is sick. Deadlines. Bills. Whether big or small, everyone experiences stress as a normal part of everyday life. And while we canít eliminate stress altogether, evading stress may be easier than you think.
Common Items You Didnít Know You Could Recycle
Reduce your carbon footprint in 2016 by recycling more than ever before

As the New Year begins, you may find among your list of resolutions the pledge to create less waste and recycle more. According to the EPA, American consumers created 250 million tons of waste in 2010 alone; astonishingly, more than one-third of that waste was material that could have been recycled or composted. The following five items are …
Movie Releases to Look Forward to This Year
Take the kids to this yearís biggest family-friendly movie releases

Whether you attend local cinemas with family or by yourself, films have the ability to transport you to an entirely new and magical place. If you are interested in heading out to the movie theater with your family this year, here are five releases you do not want to miss.
What to Do Before Donating Blood
A few useful tips to help make the process go smoothly the first time out

Donating blood is a worthy cause that helps countless people around the world each year. January is National Blood Donor Month; if you have never donated before, thereís never been a better time to start than right now.
When Is the Best Time to Buy a New Vehicle?
The right timing can help you save big

Buying a new vehicle is probably the second biggest purchase youíll make in your lifetime, so doing your homework makes sense for many reasons, not the least of which is it could help you save thousands. And while there are many things to consider, when you buy is commonly overlooked ó but it could make all the difference in getting a great deal.
Five Money Conversations to Have With Your Spouse
Financial topics that need to be covered thoroughly

The general consensus among couples is that money causes more arguments in the household than any other topic. In fact, studies show that couples who disagree about money at least once a week are 30 percent more likely to break up or divorce.
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