Retirement Confidence

Retirement Confidence Remains Strong, Despite Pandemic

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER Despite the economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic, American workers and retirees remain largely optimistic about their financial prospects for retirement. In its annual Retirement Confidence Survey conducted in January 2021, the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) found that 80% of retirees and 72% of workers were either very or somewhat… Read more »

Financial Facts

3 Tried & True Facts About Personal Finances

No matter your age or stage in life, it pays to know the facts about personal finances. When you understand the basics, you can set yourself up for success and build a healthy financial future. Here are three facts to know about personal finance to get on the right track. Fact #1: Good Financial Habits… Read more »

SESLOC Rewards for Father's Day

10 SESLOC Rewards for Father’s Day

Shopping for Father’s Day gifts? SESLOC Rewards now offers more gift cards to popular retailers! You can redeem your SESLOC HomeFREE Checking™ debit card and Visa Signature® Rewards card points for a gift card to give, or to use towards that perfect gift! Check out the top 10 SESLOC Rewards for Father’s Day. Not registered?… Read more »

CARES Act

American Families Plan Would Provide Benefits for Some, More Taxes for Others

On April 28, 2021, the White House released a fact sheet for President Biden’s American Families Plan (AFP), which proposes about $1 trillion in investments and $800 billion in tax cuts. There would also be tax increases for those making more than $400,000 per year. Major provisions proposed in the plan are summarized here, including… Read more »

Save to win

SESLOC Awards $2,500 Grand Prize to Central Coast Resident

In our recent Save to Win prize drawing, a member from our Santa Maria branch was the big winner of a $2,500 cash prize! Save to Win is a prize-linked savings account that offers the chance to win cash as increased deposits are made to the account. The program typically awards prizes from $25-500, however,… Read more »

New Times SLO

Voted #1 — Again!

For the fourteenth year in a row, readers of the New Times voted for SESLOC as their pick for Best Bank or Credit Union. Thank you to everyone who voted. We are humbled! Check out all of the winners » 

Inflation

Rising Inflation: Where Will It Go from Here?

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER In March 2021, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.6%, the largest one-month increase since August 2012. Over the previous 12 months, the increase was 2.6%, the highest year-over-year inflation rate since August 2018. (By contrast, inflation in 2020 was just 1.4%.)1 The annual increase in CPI-U… Read more »

Revenge Spend

5 Ways to Revenge Spend Wisely

There’s a new spending trend in town, and many are calling it “revenge spend.” As the COVID-19 vaccine gains momentum and restrictions ease, people are opening their wallets to make up for lost time during the lockdown. Many people are going big, bolstered by their stimulus checks. But be careful not to go too overboard…. Read more »

SESLOC Rewards for Mother's Day

10 SESLOC Rewards for Mother’s Day

Shopping for Mother’s Day gifts? SESLOC Rewards now offers more gift cards to popular retailers! You can redeem your SESLOC HomeFREE Checking™ debit card and Visa Signature® Rewards card points for a gift card to give, or to use towards that perfect gift! Check out the top 10 SESLOC Rewards for Mother’s Day. Not registered?… Read more »

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Enhanced Child Tax Credit for 2021

Update July 14, 2021 — The first round of advance payments are expected to go out July 15. If you have qualifying children under the age of 18, you may be able to claim a child tax credit. (You may also be able to claim a partial credit for certain other dependents who are not… Read more »