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Mortgage applications: In person or digital?

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Our world is becoming more and more digital, from voice-controlled electronics and self-driving cars, to thumbprint recognition and smart home devices. But how does the growing influence of technology impact how people buy homes?

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According to a recent study by the American Bankers Association, it doesn’t. More than half of those interested in purchasing a home prefer to apply for their mortgage face-to-face. Only 17 percent said they would apply for a mortgage online. Contrary to the technology trends in other aspects of our lives, individuals and families are sticking to the tried-and-true method of speaking with a mortgage professional in person before signing on the dotted line.

Additional survey results showed that people are not confident about their knowledge of mortgage ins and outs. Review our mortgage calculators and articles to learn more about the home buying process.

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Source: American Bankers Association

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UMB Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: UMBF) is a diversified financial holding company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., offering complete banking services, payment solutions, asset servicing and institutional investment management to customers. UMB operates banking and wealth management centers throughout Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arizona and Texas, as well as two national specialty-lending businesses. Subsidiaries of the holding company include companies that offer services to mutual funds and alternative-investment entities and registered investment advisors that offer equity and fixed income strategies to institutions and individual investors.



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July Outlook by the Numbers

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Do you have questions on the housing market, labor market and interest rates? Check out UMB Investment Management team’s July 2017 Outlook by the Numbers for a quick snapshot on these and other economic drivers.

Also, be sure to review the following articles for more market and wealth management information…

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UMB Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: UMBF) is a diversified financial holding company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., offering complete banking services, payment solutions, asset servicing and institutional investment management to customers. UMB operates banking and wealth management centers throughout Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arizona and Texas, as well as two national specialty-lending businesses. Subsidiaries of the holding company include companies that offer services to mutual funds and alternative-investment entities and registered investment advisors that offer equity and fixed income strategies to institutions and individual investors.



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The Evil Airline Phishing Attack

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Imagine clicking on an attachment in an email confirmation for an online purchase or hotel reservation and being greeted by an urgent pop-up that reads, “A virus has been detected due to suspicious activity. Click here to run a diagnostic on your computer hard drive.” Seems like good advice, right? Before clicking OK, you might want to learn more about a new email phishing scam.

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Known as the evil airline phishing attack, this scam is a two-wave social engineering scam that attempts to take over your computer and steal sensitive personal information—or both— potentially leading to identity theft or damage to your computer. What makes this especially alarming is that recent research says this scam is successful about 90 percent of the time‡.

The scam targets individuals who frequently book travel or shop online and are familiar with receiving email confirmations on purchases or bookings. Like other phishing scams, cybercriminals research online and offline before sending these authentic looking emails. The subject line will look something like this:

When the victim receives the email, the two-wave phishing attack begins:

  • First wave: Opening the message signals to the cybercriminal that the email address is authentic and has been received by a real person.
  • Second wave: Inside the email is an authentic-looking attachment such as a .pdf or .docx file. This file is masquerading as a travel confirmation or purchase receipt with malware‡ embedded in it. If the attachment is opened, the malware springs into action impacting your data and computer.

The goal of these cybercriminals is to:

  • Trick you into clicking links and opening attachments which can secretly infect your computer or device
  • Access and steal your information (e.g. usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, etc.)
  • Make transactions, file fraudulent tax returns, use you or your children’s identity, share sensitive medical data with other hackers and a variety of other activities

How can you help protect yourself?

  • First defense: Desktops, laptops, tablets and even mobile devices are at risk of this attack. Install antivirus protection on your electronic devices (including tablets and mobile phones) and keep your hardware and software updated.
  • Second defense: Never click on links or attachments in emails you aren’t expecting. If something looks “phishy,” it probably is. If you have questions or concerns about any electronic communication, go to the company’s website to confirm details or contact them directly.
  • Final defense: Communicate with your coworkers, friends and family. One of the best ways to keep from falling victim is to ask questions, open dialogue and stay informed.

For more information to stay cyber aware, visit UMB’s Security and Privacy page.

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Ms. Flores serves as senior vice president and Chief Information Security Officer, providing oversight of UMB’s information security and privacy programs. She joined UMB in 2010 and more than 15 years of experience in information technology and information security. She attended Kansas State University with a focus on management information systems and is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).



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Dust off Your Finances: Spring Clean Your Financial House

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Spring is just around the corner, and with that comes the proverbial spring
cleaning. While most people recognize the value of scrubbing their homes, we recommend dusting off your finances as well.

Consider these tips to help ensure your financial house is cobweb-free.

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Settle In for a Review

  • Review the titling and ownership of all financial accounts. Make certain any accounts owned and titled in a trust, or have a Payable upon Death designation, will meet desired intentions if a transfer were to take place.
  • Review your credit report to make sure
    you’re in positive standing. You can request a free copy once every 12 months from annualcreditreport.com.
  • Review insurance policy and retirement account beneficiaries. This is particularly important if there has been a recent change in marital status. A spousal waiver will be needed if the beneficiary is not the spouse.

 Prepare for the Future

  • Execute a will and a living will. If these documents already exist, they should be reviewed on a regular basis. Circumstances and viewpoints change, which can heavily impact desired allocations and intentions.

Check Up on Your Cards

  • Check the interest rates that are being charged on all credit cards. For individuals who carry balances, consider consolidating to the card with the lowest interest rate or even contemplate a Home Equity Line of Credit as the interest may be tax-deductible.
  • Utilize a credit card that offers rewards. Many of these now carry no annual fee and offer cash back in addition to the travel and merchandise rebates.

Evaluate Your Employer Benefits

  • If financially possible, make the most of your 401(k) by contributing to the level that takes advantage of the full employer match.
  • Review your health insurance coverage options to ensure you are making the best selections for yourself and your family. If you are currently enrolled in a High Deductible Health Plan coupled with a Health Savings Account, review your contributions to make sure you are maximizing your saving options.

Examine Your Life Insurance

  • Make certain existing coverage will meet the financial needs of your family if any member were to pass away, not just the primary income source for the family. Also, if the only secured life insurance is provided by an employer, consider pricing other term policies. Remember employer-provided insurance may not transfer if there is a change in jobs.
  • Research long-term care insurance. Ask your insurance provider about this coverage to ensure it offers home health care in addition to nursing home care. Life expectancy is much greater than it used to be, and in-home and community care continue to rise in price.

Freshen Up on Your Investments

  • Review or create an investment policy statement (IPS). This is an agreement with a financial advisor that states your investment purpose, time frame and risk tolerance. An IPS clearly states the investor’s goals and helps provide clear expectations, consistent communications and true accountability for both the advisor and the investor.
  • Conduct homework for obtaining professional services from investment consultants, estate planning attorneys and certified public accountants. Seek references from trusted friends and colleagues and stick with specialists. Professionals will be able to offer insights and guidance that will help individuals succeed in reaching their financial planning goals.

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As a Private Wealth Management regional manager, Brent is responsible for the growth and support of new customer relationships as well as supervision of regional sales associates. He is also responsible for oversight and delivery of the financial planning discipline within the region. With nearly 30 years of experience private wealth client relationship management, Brent is a seasoned banking professional with deep Texas roots. He attended the University of Texas at Arlington, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance, and is a Candidate for CFP® certification. He serves as a board member of the Dallas Parks Foundation.



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Learn the Rules of “CHES”

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Although many people consider home ownership to be part of the American Dream, home ownership rates have been lagging across the nation. At the end of 2016, the national home ownership rate was 63.7%, a drop of more than five percent from 2006 when the national home ownership rate was 68.9%.*

While there are some obvious economic conditions driving this trend, there are a number of additional contributing factors that vary among demographic groups. Analysis of 2015 mortgage application trends demonstrates that low- and moderate-income applicants in the state of Missouri are more than one and one half times more likely (4.3% vs. 2.6%) than middle- and upper-income applicants to be turned down for a home loan due to their credit history.

Recognizing this challenge, UMB is working with Credit & Homeownership Empowerment Services, Inc. (CHES, Inc.), a Kansas City-based non-profit credit-counseling organization. UMB will provide sponsorships to qualified referrals, making the six-month CHES, Inc. program—valued at $694—available to participants at a deeply discounted total cost of only $55.

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Through UMB’s sponsorship, low- and moderate-income applicants who didn’t credit qualify for a mortgage purchase loan will have the opportunity to participate in consumer credit education and credit restoration services provided by CHES, Inc., which is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) housing, financial education and credit counseling organization.

The program provides access to a financial counselor who can help address the individual’s unique financial situation, with the goal of achieving long-term financial and home ownership success. While no one can guarantee the results of participation, UMB’s sponsorship of program participants is broadening the pathway to home ownership for low- and moderate-income individuals in Kansas City.

“We’ve seen many clients transform their lives in a short period of time and we’re excited to be working with UMB to continue this work in the community,” said Coley Williams, President and CEO of CHES, Inc.

*Statistical information contained within this post was compiled from the 2015 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data available at www.consumerfinance.gov/data-research/hmda/‡ and the Current Population Survey/Housing Vacancy Survey, Series H-111, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC 20233.

 

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Zach Wentz joined UMB in 2015 as fair and responsible banking manager. In this role, Zach manages UMB’s compliance with federal banking laws such as the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Fair Housing Act, and Unfair, Deceptive, Abusive Acts and Practices (UDAAP). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business finance from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and is a graduate of the North Carolina School of Banking.



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Fill Your ‘Share’ bottle this holiday season

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Starting young with financial education is a practice we encourage with all our clients. From basic budgeting to discussions on philanthropy, an early introduction to these topics can help kids and young adults form habits and goals that will benefit them, and others, throughout their lives.

One of our most popular concepts is making Spend, Save, Share jars to help practically and visually teach children how to allocate their money for different areas. This holiday season we’re teaming up with Shatto Milk Company, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City and Outreach International, to put a special emphasis on the Share jar.

Shatto recently released 8,000 bottles of its limited-edition Chocolate Peanut Butter milk — in a specially labeled “DONATE” bottle — with the intent to encourage families to talk about the importance of giving this holiday season.

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Consider joining in the fun by helping a young person in your life fill their Share jar. Here’s how it works:

  1. Purchase a bottle of Shatto’s limited-edition Chocolate Peanut Butter milk.
  2. Drink and enjoy the delicious milk.
  3. Wash and dry the DONATE milk bottle (or any other Shatto bottle you have).threewaystostartbudgeting
  4. Have a family conversation about your giving goals this holiday season.
  5. Discuss how this project fits within your budget.
  6. Determine how you want to collect the change to fill the bottle.
  7. Put your plan into action, and start collecting.
  8. Bring your filled Shatto bottle to a participating UMB Bank* to count the coins you’ve collected. Once your change is counted, UMB will distribute your donation to either the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City or Outreach International (or you can split your gift among both partner organizations).
  9. Repeat! You can bring in coins as many times as you would like before Dec. 31, 2016.

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To learn more about this partnership, find out how to help or to locate a participating UMB Bank location* to turn in coins, visit shattomilk.com/donate.

*All Kansas City area UMB locations are participating in this initiative, with the exception of the Westport location and the branch in Independence (at the intersection of 291 and 40 highways).

 

 

 

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Jen Houston joined UMB in 2015 as community relations manager. In her role, she works to create volunteer opportunities and to be a resource for associates looking to get involved in their communities. Jen holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from the University of Missouri – Columbia. She also holds a Master of Business Administration degree, with an emphasis in leading and managing people, from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, in addition to completing the Multimedia Studies Certificate Program at the Kansas City Art Institute.



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How to enhance your post-graduation financial health

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I’m entering the daunting world of post-college, graduating this month. My fellow graduates and I are entering into an improving economy, but it’s still a tough labor market. With loan debt and underemployment just two of the many major challenges facing the class of 2016, now is the best time for graduates to start establishing healthy financial habits that can guide us for a lifetime.

Being surrounded by experienced financial professionals at UMB as an intern, I thought I’d take advantage of their proximity and ask for some guidance before I begin the task of job searching and setting up my finances for lifelong success. I consulted with a few associates here to get their thoughts on how to get started.5 tips for recent college graduates

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5 tips for recent college grads - build a healthy credit scorePaying off credit card balances in a timely manner keeps your credit score healthy, putting you in a better position to make bigger purchases down the road. Also, remember to pay necessities like utilities, cable and phone bills on time, because your payment status can be factored into your credit score under the new scoring approach taken by FICO.

5 tips for recent college grads - invest wiselyIt’s never too soon to start investing. While it’s important to pay off debts, investing is vital for future financial wellness. But remember to do your research before committing to any investment. Understanding risk is vital, and it must be weighed against the long-term payoff of any investment. If you have stocks, actively tracking them can help you understand how the market works. You’re also never too young to work with an advisor who can guide your investment decisions. If you’re fortunate enough to have a job AND an employer who offers a 401(k) match, make sure you take advantage of the employer match.

5 tips for recent college grads - 50/20/30 ruleMy mentors at UMB suggest using the following formula to help you stay on budget. Take your monthly income after taxes and 401(k) contributions and prioritize spending as follows:

  • 50 percent for fixed costs like rent, utilities and monthly subscriptions.
  • 20 percent toward building a financial foundation, like house payments, paying down student loans or just investing in an emergency savings fund (more on this later).
  • 30 percent into flexible spending, which is day-to-day expenses like groceries, eating out, entertainment and gas.

5 tips for recent college grads - emergency fundMake saving up a few months’ worth of living expenses an immediate priority after graduation. Having money saved in an account is always the best safety net if any unforeseen circumstance puts you in a place with less income. Remember that your living expenses do not need to equal your take-home pay. Only look at your fixed costs (which as we previously stated should be close to 50 percent of your regular budget), not savings and contributions.

have fun on a budgetDon’t let being on a budget get in the way of living a full social life. Using coupons, going to free local events and splitting costs with friends are just a few of the many ways to ensure you are able to have fun without overspending.

The financial pros here reminded me that having a long-term frame of mind when handling finances will have the biggest and best payoff in the future. As a graduate, if you can set yourself up with healthy financial habits now, you have a better chance of experiencing stability and wealth down the road. Come on class of 2016, we have a bright future ahead, so let’s make sure we are saving for it!

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Mr. Nicholas Zych interned with UMB Marketing Communication, focusing on social media. He recently graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism.



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Must-do car maintenance

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If you’re ever tempted to skip car maintenance, think twice. Not doing the work now could end up costing you more down the road. must-do car maintenance

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How to save for a down payment on a home: part II

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Last month we explained how to save for your down payment. Now that you’ve done that, it’s time to focus your plan.saving for a down payment on a homeYou already know that purchasing a home is a substantial investment, and you’ll need to ensure you can afford the monthly mortgage payments. You’ll also need to save up enough money for a down payment and other associated expenses, such as closing costs.

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While you don’t always need to supply a larger down payment due to programs and resources now available for qualified borrowers, the higher your down payment is, the better it is for future finances.  Your monthly mortgage payment will be lower and you may qualify for better rates or terms.

A larger down payment allows you to retain full ownership of the home faster and can save you a substantial sum of money through lower interest rates affixed to mortgages.

Determine a goal 
You should take a look at your finances to determine what kind of home is affordable. A financial expert or mortgage loan consultant can help figure out the best budget for your current financial situation. In addition, online calculators can estimate how much house you can afford. Also, a mortgage loan consultant can look at pre-approving you for a home loan to help determine which loan type you prefer or are qualified for, if mortgage insurance will be required and give you an idea of how much the closing costs and total monthly payment will be.

You can also reach out to real estate agents in the area to ask about the average listing and selling prices of homes in different neighborhoods you’re considering. If you know you want to move to a specific area and homes typically sell for $300,000, you can use that information to tailor a down payment goal specifically to that amount. So, a 20 percent down payment, which is on the high end of the recommended 5 to 20 percent down payment, would equal $60,000.

Do a credit check up
During the pre-approval process, you will be able to have your credit score reviewed to see if there is room for improvement. Be sure to go off of this new credit score since many consumer scores you see on websites are not the same as what a lender uses.

Find ways to save 
We also recommend automatically putting a portion of your paycheck into your savings account. You’ll miss the money less if you don’t get a chance to see it in your checking account in the first place!

Another way to boost a savings account is to work more hours/shifts (for hourly employees) or take on another job. Temporarily increasing total income will help you reach your goal and supply a proper down payment for a dream home.

You can cut down on a number of extra expenses in order to start building up savings, just like you would with any savings goal. Eating dinner out, heading to the movies every weekend and purchasing coffee every morning can really add up.

When saving money for a down payment, you should make a list of all expenses that are required, such as rent, food, clothing and monthly bills. All other extra expenses should be listed in order from most to least costly. By cutting out the most frivolous expenses and trimming the fat from there, you can develop a budget that saves a substantial amount of money.

In addition, replacing certain costs with less expensive ones can help significantly. Here are some ideas for cutting your current living costs:

  • Cancel cable and invest in a more affordable streaming service
  • Create your own vending machine stash of snacks at your desk instead of visiting the machine once a day, save $1/day or $20/month
  • Brew your own coffee, save $4/day or $120/month
  • Cut back on one restaurant visit per week, save $25/week or $100/month
  • Drink glasses of ice water instead of new bottles of water (an environmental choice, too!), save up to $1/day or $30/month
  • Carpool once a week, save $6/week or $24/month
  • Skip one impulse buy, save $40/month
  • Cancel your home landline phone service and just use your cell phone, save $50/month

We don’t expect you to adopt all of those suggestions while you’re saving for your down payment (actually, you probably have a few creative ideas of your own that didn’t make our list). However, if you did incorporate those short-term cuts into your life, you could save $400+ a month and $5,000+ a year!

How do you plan to save for your down payment?

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Jackie Ahumada is a mortgage loan officer with UMB Bank. She has more than 10 years experience in the mortgage industry and more than 18 years in management of customer service delivery and operations.



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Best time to buy – part II

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Saving money this year? Check out this infographic for a full year of great “Buy the Way Wednesday” savings ideas:
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UMB Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: UMBF) is a diversified financial holding company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., offering complete banking services, payment solutions, asset servicing and institutional investment management to customers. UMB operates banking and wealth management centers throughout Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arizona and Texas, as well as two national specialty-lending businesses. Subsidiaries of the holding company include companies that offer services to mutual funds and alternative-investment entities and registered investment advisors that offer equity and fixed income strategies to institutions and individual investors.



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