8 Back-to-School Savings Hacks for Parents

Next to holiday gift shopping, American parents spend more money on back-to-school shopping than any other seasonal event. According to the National Retail Federation’s annual back-to-school report, families routinely spend over $600 come August and September—even though about half of Americans have less than that in a savings account.

Learn how parents can spend within their means while providing everything they can for their children’s education.

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Urban Partnership Bank-supported Intern Conference Promotes Diversity Across Chicago Finance

Two years ago, Urban Partnership Bank helped found the Financial Services Pipeline Initiative to increase “the representation of Latinos and African Americans, at all levels within Chicago’s financial industry”. On July 14th, over 200 interns and professionals from across Chicago’s financial industry filled a conference room at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for the Initiative's third annual Summer Intern Career Conference.

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Crain’s Chicago Business: “A Renewed Chatham?”

Earlier this summer, local officials kicked off the Greater Chatham Initiative, a multi-year, $1.5 million-plus campaign to restore Chatham, spearheaded by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL, 1st District). The Initiative, led by executive director and Chatham native Nedra Fears, will focus on workforce development and real estate development.

How will the Initiative improve Chatham?

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Crain's Chicago Business: The CEO speaks on the future of Urban Partnership Bank

The May 21st edition of Crain’s Chicago Business features a column on the future of Urban Partnership Bank from the perspective of CEO, William Farrow. Bill sits with Steve Daniels and discusses the past, present and future of Urban Partnership Bank since its inception in 2010.  

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8 Simple Steps to Saving Money for College

The right time is right now to start saving for college. But don’t despair if you think you may have waited too long. It’s never too late to prepare a financial plan that can pay for higher education, daily expenses and also leave you with enough to put toward retirement. But, how exactly do you do it?

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5 Tips for Building Your Savings

When it comes to saving money, most people begin with the best intentions. But any financial expert will tell you that intentions do not amount to anything when it comes to growing your savings, which takes planning and discipline.

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How “Banking Local” Can Benefit You And Your Community

It’s no secret that in an era of bank mergers, a growing number of us are being served by a few large banks with names we all recognize – staffed by people who may not recognize us when we walk into a branch. Fewer people have a relationship with a banker who knows them on a first-name basis. Gone are the days when a person’s banking relationship was with an institution based in their community where the bankers knew their name and cared about the growth of their local area.

Or are they?

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My Credit Score Is Bad – Can I Still Get A Loan?

Are you looking to make a big purchase, but no lender will extend you credit because your credit history,ahem, reads like a bad report card?

Well, don’t despair, there are several things you can do to avoid sinking into an economic depression, according to New Jersey-based financial expert Tiffany Aliche, also known as the Budgetnista and author of The One Week Budget.

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A Good Deal Or Too Good To Be True? Credit Card Introductory Rates Decoded

If you’re looking to reduce your credit card debt, you’ve likely seen some enticing credit card balance transfer offers, like the ones where you get to pay zero percent annual percentage rate (APR) on purchases and/or balance transfers for a limited amount of time.

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