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A Banking Blog with Information Centered Around You

The Central Bank banking blog is your go-to source for insight aimed at helping you better manage your finances -- and continue working toward your personal and business banking goals. Read on, soak up useful information and stay in the know. Our banking blog is here to help

 


 

An Inflation Explanation: Its Causes, Impacts and Beyond

Even if you aren’t a regular reader of the newspaper’s financial pages, chances are you’ve heard talk of inflation. It’s an economics term referring to an overall price increase for the goods and services people use each day, and it’s been making headlines in recent months. But why do prices increase with time — and how exactly does it impact the people and businesses in affected areas? We’re glad you asked. Read on for a helpful inflation overview from your friends at Central Bank.

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Secured Vs. Unsecured Pool Loans: Understanding the Difference

If you’ve ever done any research into swimming pool loans, there’s a chance you’ve come across verbiage that raised a few questions. Namely? The idea of a loan being “secured” or “unsecured.” This distinction has nothing to do with your lending institution’s ability to provide you with funds. Instead, it’s all about what is required of you, the borrower. At Central Bank, we believe that having a better understanding of the terms and practices makes for a better loan process for all involved. Read on for a closer look at secured and unsecured pool loans — and a few tips to make the process simpler.

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Tips for Safer Online Practices

Interesting Fact: October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. An annual effort by the U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, the event aims to educate people about the importance of remaining vigilant online — and provide tools and resources to make that vigilance a bit easier. (And in a world where more and more of daily life takes place on the internet, that regular reminder doesn’t hurt!) The Central Bank team has pulled together helpful insight you can use to keep your online data better protected, and your mind at ease.

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Types of Mortgage Loans: Insight from Your Community Bank

From understanding the types of mortgage loans available, to the prospect of finding that perfect abode, purchasing a home can feel overwhelming. Having a general understanding of key elements of the process (not to mention support from your community bank) can make a world of difference. Central Bank has pulled together a high-level overview of the types of mortgage loans most commonly available to today’s homebuyers. Read on to become familiar with your options!

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An In-Depth Look at a New Option: The SBA Loan

In our ongoing effort to provide the best possible service to our customers, Central Bank is proud to announce new SBA 7(a) loan options are now available. But what is exactly is SBA lending — and what are its advantages? We’re glad you asked. Read on for a rundown from your community bank.

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A Look Back: The History of Central Bank

The history of Central Bank goes back all the way to 1955, and its roots sit firmly here in Houston. (In fact, we are proud to maintain the role as Houston’s longest-serving community bank!) Of course, a lot has changed through the years — for both our company and the great city of Houston.

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Comprehensive Guide to Commercial Purchasing Cards

Did you know there’s a way to let employees pay for business-related goods and services, all while saving your company money and lowering the number of purchase orders, invoices, petty-cash transactions, and checks your accounting team has to deal with?

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Is There a Coin Shortage in Houston?

Like many places in America, Houston’s businesses and their customers have been living with the hassle of the pandemic-caused coin shortage. Like many places in America, Houston’s businesses and their customers have been living with the hassle of the pandemic-caused coin shortage. While the Federal Reserve Bank says there are enough coins in the economy overall, circulation has slowed since the beginning of the pandemic. That reduced circulation has led to reduced inventories in many local economies, including here in Houston.

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How to Manage Your Money During a Crisis

Has your financial situation changed since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic? Let us help you manage your money and get back on track to reach your financial goals. This current moment is challenging for everyone, but Central Bank has more than 60 years’ experience helping our customers through economic ups and downs and other crises. Check out our money management tips below and reach out if you need more personalized advice!

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Is Home Refinancing Right for You?

Since the Federal Reserve’s emergency rate cut in March 2020, Since the Federal Reserve’s emergency rate cut in March 2020, homeowners everywhere have been wondering if now is the time to refinance. Of course, each person’s needs and goals are different. At Central Bank, we strive to offer personalized financial solutions to each of our customers. In this article, we’ll share general tips for making a refinancing decision. We also encourage you to contact our Houston-based lenders to discuss your own situation in more detail.

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