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2018’s most read blog posts

From career conversations, to financial wellness, to expanding financial education programs for kids, in 2018 the UMB blog featured content that inspired, educated and informed. These are the top 15 most read blog posts of 2018.






1.) A savings option you might be overlooking: Money market accounts – Published September 4, 2018
“Savings are a critical part of any financial plan, whether you’re looking to reach your first $1,000 or already have a significant rainy-day fund stashed away. If you already have a good amount saved, a money market account may be able to help you maximize your savings goals.'” 

2.) 2017 tax reform: Items to consider in 2018Published January 5, 2018
“As the IRS makes new information available on the new tax reform, we will provide additional information as appropriate. Given the extent and complexity of the modifications, we encourage individuals to consult with their tax professionals on how these changes may affect their personal circumstances.” 

3.) Looking for a stock market crystal ball? Watch the bond marketPublished May 9, 2018 
“Wouldn’t it be nice to have a crystal orb that forecasts the future of the stock market—a tool that would help investors experience fewer surprises and mitigate risk? While no one will ever be able to look into a stock market crystal ball to see what’s ahead, there is something investors can monitor to help identify stock market shifts – the bond market.” 

4.) When will the bull market end?Published June 20, 2018
“When I was a young man, my grandfather taught me about investments. During one of our first lessons, he explained the difference between bull and bear markets. To help me remember which was which, he told me bulls gore up and bears claw down. After that, I never forget the direction of a bull and bear market.”

5.) Texas home equity law changes: Top three things to know – Published March 7, 2018
“On Jan. 1, 2018, the Texas constitution was amended to make changes  to home equity line of credit (HELOC) and home equity loan (HELoan) administration. If you own residential property in the Lone Star state—especially if you have, or are considering home equity financing—these are the top three things you should know about the Texas home equity law changes.” 

6.) What you need to know: Good debt versus bad debt – Published September 28, 2018
“You may be familiar with some common forms of debt, like credit cards and mortgages. But do you know the differences between types of debt and their long-term financial impact? Check out our infographic showdown of good debt versus bad debt.”

7.) Meet the leadership: Abby Wendel, chief strategy officer at UMB – Published March 13, 2018
“Dig deep, live in the moment, and appreciate feedback: Chief Strategy Officer Abby Wendel shares information about her leadership role at UMB, causes she’s passionate about and life and career lessons learned.”

8.) Inside UMB: Why annual performance reviews are a thing of the past – Published December 5, 2018
“SVP/Director of Performance Consulting Kelly Eschweiler shares her expertise on why annual performance reviews are no longer ideal and how UMB is evolving how performance is evaluated.” 

9.) UMB Markets: The Growth Trajectory in St. Louis ContinuesPublished October 10, 2018
“Peter Blumeyer, president of UMB Bank in St. Louis, and our CEO Mariner Kemper recently sat down with the St. Louis Business Journal to talk about UMB’s growth trajectory in St. Louis.” 

10.) Three technologies changing HSA payments – Published May 14, 2018
“As the health savings account payment technologies landscape shifts, employers have an opportunity to enhance both their employees’ and their companies’ user experience and capabilities via technology.”

11.) What’s your walk-up song? Published May 7, 2018
“John Russ recently had the opportunity to help recognize this year’s Kansas City Business Journal’s Champions of Business honorees—as one of the presenters, they asked him to pick a walk-up song as he made his way to the podium. He chose Eye of the Tiger. Here’s why.”

12.) What does ‘financial wellness’ really mean? Published March 5, 2018 
“Financial wellness influences many aspects of your life, as well as your goals, which is why understanding your financial wellness should be a top priority.”

13.) Three female leaders explain why you should make time for development – Published September 25, 2018
“Central Exchange’s Emerging Leaders Program equips women leaders with networking, professional and personal development tools and strategies. This format reflects the 70-20-10 learning philosophy that UMB embraces. The year-long program is a proven complement to internal talent development efforts for influential companies like UMB..”

14.) Preparing your finances for a large purchasePublished May 10, 2018
“Most of us know that for big-ticket purchases in life – like a house, higher education or retirement – it pays to plan ahead. For these major-life expenses, we already have an established framework to plan around, including research aids, apps and professionals, who can offer advice. But for other larger expenses, like buying a new washing machine or a used car, the path forward may be less clear. Work to establish a basic method for saving up toward these expenses that are often planned in advance to minimize their impact on your budget.”

15.) UMB accepts award from Black Health Care Coalition – Published August 24, 2018
“Vanessa Sims, senior vice president, executive director of diversity and inclusion at UMB Bank, recently accepted the Health Equity Partner of the Year award.” 

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