Balance Magazine - March 2010

Jan Viano"With 2009 and all its economic woes in the past, 2010 marks a new beginning for growth and recovery."

Janet M. Viano
Executive Vice President, Director of Retail Sales & Service

While spring may be hard to imagine for those of us living in the Midwest, it’s only weeks away. Soon the snow will melt to make way for lush green grass, and the trees will be filled with leaves and chirping sparrows – signifying a fresh start.

This time last year we were in the midst of one of the biggest economic downturns. But with 2009 and all its economic woes in the past, 2010 marks a new beginning for growth and recovery. And as the nation surges toward renewal, so should you at home. Before you uncover your grill and dust off the lawnmower, take steps to ensure you’re getting the most out of your finances.

The features inside this issue of balance are geared toward helping you get your finances back on track now that the economy is on its way up. In our To Convert or Not to Convert article, you can learn everything you need to know about converting your retirement plan to a Roth IRA now that the income cap has been lifted for 2010. Read Spending and Saving as a Team to learn useful strategies that can help you and your spouse tackle your finances together. With the housing market regaining its ground, Timing Your Refinance will help you discover if now is the time to refinance your mortgage. And if you’ve been waiting for the right time to switch careers, check out Finding a New Career in This Job Market to ensure a smooth transition.

As your community banking partner, we at First Midwest Bank are here to help guide you through any financial decisions. Whether you’re refinancing your mortgage or considering a career change, we will work to provide you with worry-free transitions so you can get back to firing up that grill and mowing the first lawn of the season.

Sincerely,

Jan signature

Janet M. Viano
Executive Vice President, Director of Retail Sales & Service

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