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Introducing Vibrant Arena at The MARK

As of September 1, 2022, Vibrant becomes the first local company to hold naming rights to the Quad Cities' top destination for sports and entertainment.

Vibrant named among top 50 "Best Credit Unions to Work for"

Vibrant ranked #41 on American Banker's survey of the Best Credit Unions to Work for. 

Winners were chosen based on two employee surveys asking their assessment of their employer's leadership and planning, corporate culture, communication, and overall engagement.

New HQ captures Vibrant Credit Union’s culture

Vibrant's new corporate headquarters, located in a former Sam's Club building, is "by far the coolest building I've ever worked on," Russell Construction project manager Sarah Perkins told the Quad Cities Regional Business Journal.  “Most banking facilities feel very banking-like … this one has an overall collaborative feeling.” 

 

Quad-City Times: Art creates good vibes

A Quad Cities artist is creating custom murals at Vibrant branches across the region.

CU Times: Vibrant PPP loan lending supports businesses

The credit union originated more than $200 million in PPP loans for companies across the United States. 

Blogs

New Year's resolutions it will be easy to keep

The problem with New Year's resolutions is that they're too easy to break. Here are five simple things you can do to save more and spend less in the coming year.

5 banking careers for people who didn't major in finance

Good news: You don’t have to be some kind of math genius to succeed in banking. There are plenty of opportunities for people from every background.

How to apply for a car loan

The car-buying process is about more than just shopping for a vehicle. 

5 questions to ask before you finance a car

Before you choose a loan, look at factors beyond the amount of your monthly payments.

Why should I refinance my auto loan?

You may be able to lower your monthly payments or reduce the total cost of your loan—but not always.

The benefits of getting preapproved for an auto loan

Don’t wait until you’ve picked out your dream car before you figure out how much you’re going to pay for it.

Buying vs. leasing a car

Those low monthly payments may look enticing, but make sure there aren’t other conditions that could lead to a large payment at the end of your lease period.

How much can I afford to spend on a house?

A home may seem as though it’s within your budget, don’t forget about the down payment, property taxes, insurance, and closing costs.

When to refinance your mortgage

If rates have dropped, you may be able to get a lower monthly payment or pay your loan off faster.

What is a home equity loan?

Your home is probably your biggest source of wealth—but you can’t exchange it for your kids’ braces. Or can you?

First-time homebuyer mistakes to avoid

Find out how much you can really afford to spend before you fall in love with a home you can’t really afford.

5 essential money-saving tips for college graduates

It may feel like you can’t afford to save right now, but it’s honestly never going to be any easier to do than it is now.

Tips for choosing a savings account

It pays to compare options from a range of local financial institutions to find the best rate of return.

Understanding why interest rates change

When interest rates go up, it doesn’t matter how high your credit score is—you're going to have to pay more.

5 reasons to take your business banking to a credit union

Did you know some financial institutions actually charge businesses to make deposits? Credit unions, on the other hand, are focused on service, not on extra fees.

What is a certificate of deposit (CD) and how does it work?

If you want to get a better rate of return on your savings without risk, a certificate of deposit could be the right solution.

First-time homebuyer mistakes to avoid

Shopping for a home is kind of a big deal. It’s definitely stressful for a lot of people, especially first-time home buyers. 

Will a checking account affect your credit score?

For the most part, your credit score doesn’t include information about your checking account—so long as you don't leave your account overdrawn.

3 types of mortgage loans for first-time homebuyers

Shopping for a home can be fun and exciting, although probably a bit stressful at times. Shopping for a mortgage? Emphasis on the stressful part.

How to get a motorcycle loan in Iowa and Illinois

Many banks and credit unions don't offer loans specifically for motorcycle purchases—and some that do charge higher interest rates than for cars and trucks. If you're shopping for motorcycles, learn about your lending options.

Your Guide to a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)

If you’re a homeowner in need of extra cash, you may be able to obtain a home equity line of credit (HELOC). Many people use this financing alternative to fund home improvement projects or other major expenses. Learn what a HELOC is and how to get one.   

4 Tips For Better Money Management

Have high prices got you looking for ways to stretch your dollars? We’re sharing our money management best practices to help you stretch your dollars, create an inflation-proof budget, and increase your savings. Discover how you can manage your money wisely in any economy.

Fixed-rate mortgages vs. adjustable-rate mortgages

Don't worry, "mortgage" doesn't have to be a scary word. In this article, we’re demystifying the two most common types of mortgages: fixed-rate mortgage and adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM).