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BALANCE Financial Fitness: An Introduction to Money Management

Here are some tips to get your budget on track.

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Announcing the Winners of Our Home for the Holidays Photo Contest!

Congratulations to the winners of our SLFCU Home for the Holidays Photo Contest! 

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Reality Check On Your Retirement Savings

Whether you’re 23 or 35, it’s important to know whether you are saving enough for your retirement. There is no time like the present to ensure you are allocating enough funds to your retirement account.

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November Toys for Tots Drive Results

Thank you to our members and community for their generous donations!

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Time-Saving New Loan Payments Feature

In response to member feedback, SLFCU has introduced the ability to make payments on most types of SLFCU loans directly from external (non-SLFCU) sources in online and mobile banking.

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Twilight Homes is Building for the Future

Twilight Homes is hard at work creating innovative opportunities for home ownership.

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SLFCU Board of Directors Election and Annual Membership Meeting Notice

As directed by SLFCU's bylaws, a Nominating Committee has been appointed to carry out the election of the Board of Directors. 

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Should You Buy Your Next Car Locally or Online?

Here are some key differences between buying a car online vs. buying from a local dealership. 

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Save the Date: SLFCU Annual Membership Meeting, February 15

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 15, 2023, for our Annual Membership Meeting! 

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Bloomfield Branch Closing After December 30, 2022

SLFCU’s Bloomfield branch will close permanently as of December 30, 2022. 

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In The Community

A big thank you to  everyone who supported our partnership with Sandia National Labs at their annual Take a Frozen Turkey to Work (or the Credit Union) Day!

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Savvy Investing: 4 Tips for Navigating a Volatile Market

If you’re feeling nervous about your investments, you’re not alone. Click to read four tips for surviving and thriving in today’s turbulent market environment.

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2022 IRA Contributions

Make the most of your retirement savings by contributing the maximum yearly limit to your IRAs.

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Frozen Turkey Drive!

SLFCU is partnering with Sandia National Laboratories for their annual Take a Frozen Turkey to Work (or the Credit Union) Day benefiting area food pantries

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In The Community

SLFCUnity: Annual all-employee meeting brings together entire SLFCU team.   

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Bring a Smile to a Child in Need This Holiday Season

From November 1 – December 3, 2022, all SLFCU branches will serve as collection sites for Toys for Tots donations.

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Home for the Holidays Photo Contest

Visit our Facebook or Instagram page between 11/15/2022 and 12/31/2022 to participate in our Home for the Holidays Photo Contest!

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Double Down on the Security of Your SLFCU Accounts with Two-Factor Authentication

SLFCU online and mobile banking is equipped with two-factor authentication as an optional security feature.

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Taking Care of Difficult Business (Part 1)

Managing a deceased family member’s finances can be overwhelming. Learn what to expect if you need to handle their SLFCU accounts.

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Dollars & Sense FAQs

SLFCU's Dollars & Sense newsletter will become an online, quarterly publication in 2023.

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Renting vs. Buying a Home: How Do They Compare?

Purchasing a home can be more cost-effective than renting. Depending on your situation, a mortgage payment can be comparable to your monthly rent.

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SLFCU Business Member Highlight: Eagle Rock Contracting

In addition to the family members that work at Eagle Rock Contracting, they have a crew who not only take pride in their trade, but also enjoy their work. 

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Upcoming Changes to the Dollars & Sense Newsletter

Beginning in 2023, the Dollars & Sense newsletter will be delivered quarterly via email, starting with a February edition. The print edition will be discontinued. 

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Meet SLFCU's New Commercial Lenders

Our Business Services Department is excited to welcome Eric Begay and Kelly Wainwright to the SLFCU Commercial Lending Team!

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Things to Look for When Buying a Used Vehicle

Buying a used car or truck can be a great option when you're looking for a quality vehicle without a higher price tag. Here are ways to help you choose the best car.

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5 Tips for Holiday Shopping with a Credit Card

If you’re planning to shop with a credit card this holiday season, these tips and tricks can help your shopping go smoothly!

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Teach Your Child the Magic of Saving

SLFCU’s Savings Laboratory® Program is an exciting way for kids 12 and younger to learn about saving money.

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Teen Article: From Dishwashing to Dollars

SLFCU Teen Member Daniel shares how his first job is helping him learn how to manage his money and develop good spending habits.

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In The Community

Thank you to everyone who participated in our fall “Shred Your Documents for a Cause” event!

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Help Kids Stay Warm This Winter!

From October 3 - 29, our Farmington-area branches will collect new or gently used coats for the Kiwanis Coats for Kids Drive.

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Congratulations to Our 2022 Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations to our 2022 scholarship winners, and thank you to the 27 members who volunteered their time as judges. 

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New Features and Changes in Latest Mobile App Update

We’re always working to provide our members with the best online and mobile banking experience. Our latest update offers exciting new features and changes.

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SLFCU Management Spotlight

“ As I see it, our job is to provide an easy, seamless experience – no matter whether the product is in-branch, online, or mobile.”

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2022 Fall Real Estate Report

Learn about the current real estate market in the Albuquerque, NM, Farmington, NM, and Tri-Valley, CA areas.

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What's #1 in NM?

Every week for the remainder of the month of August, we’ll randomly pick a follower to win a $10 gift card. All you need to do is let us know what else you think is #1 in NM.

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SLFCU: Where Money Works Smarter

As an SLFCU member, you’ve already made a smart choice by joining New Mexico’s best-in-state credit union.

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SLFCU Business Member Highlight: Turtle Mountain Brewing Company

“After 20 years as a big bank customer, I moved to SLFCU because they were there for me when I needed them most,” says Nico Ortiz, owner of Turtle Mountain Brewing Company.

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Help Children in the Farmington Area Say Goodbye to Hunger

August 22 through September 23, SLFCU Farmington branches will collect cash donations for the annual ECHO Food Bank Backpack for Kids Program.

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In The Community

Thank you to our members, employees, and community partners for your generous donations during our annual School Supply Drive!

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How to Stay Cyber-Safe During the School Year…Or Anytime

Now’s a great time to make sure computers are ready for a busy school year, and to learn how to avoid common online dangers. 

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New! Online and Mobile Banking Video Tutorials

Members now have access to helpful videos showcasing tips and tricks for using SLFCU online and mobile banking.

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Tips for Buying Your Teen’s First Car

Whether you are buying a new or used vehicle for your teen, having the right information can take the stress out of making the wrong decision. 

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How to Save Money on Back-to-School Shopping

Are you shopping for back-to-school gear? You’re not alone – 29% of surveyed parents said they’ve already started.

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Happy Anniversary, Tech Park!

Our Tech Park branch turns 20 this month!

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Back On Track Summer Contest

Strengthen your financial skills this summer by completing a BalanceTrack module. You’ll earn a chance to win $500!

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SLFCU Receives Prestigious Top 'Best-in-State' Credit Union Ranking by Forbes for Third Year

SLFCU has once again been named New Mexico's #1 'Best-in-State' Credit Union by Forbes.

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From Breaker Boxes to Beer Barrels

Adaptability, persistence, and a dash of moxie. Denise Baker, co-owner of DRB Electric and Rio Bravo Brewing Company, calls these the secrets of her success.

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Back-To-School Supply Drive

SLFCU kicks off our annual school supply drive on July 1 (ending July 23).

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Reflections from One of SLFCU's Longest-Serving Employees

As SLFCU turns 74, we’d like to take a look at our past through the eyes of one of our longest-serving employees, Carol Ayala. 

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Home Equity CreditLines: What Are They, and What Are Their Benefits?

Home equity is the difference between your home's market value and the outstanding balance of your mortgage. 

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Teen Article: Why Saving is Important

SLFCU Teen Member Landon Stewart shares how he keeps track of his spending to encourage better savings habits for the future.

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Final Farewell: Robert Chavez Retires

SLFCU’s former President and CEO Robert Chavez enjoyed a lively farewell celebration with SLFCU employees on Friday, June 24.

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In the Community

SLFCU had a wonderful time volunteering and walking in Albuquerque’s 2022 Pride Parade.

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Help Teens Prepare for Financial Success

The teenage years are an ideal time to introduce young people to hands-on financial experiences and help them develop smart money habits.

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Thank you for entering the Online Banking Sweepstakes

This sweepstakes is now over. View the winners and contest rules below.  

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Homeward Bound Pet Supply Drive Results

Thank you to our members and community for their generous donations!

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Planning a Trip? Notify SLFCU to Keep Your Cards Safe and Working

Let SLFCU know about your travel plans, especially if traveling internationally.

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Animas Accounts Are Moving to SLFCU

Online, mobile, and phone banking access will be unavailable the evening of July 1 for several hours. Shared branching, mobile deposit, and Zelle® will be unavailable from Thursday, June 30 at 2:00 p.m. MT until the morning of Saturday, July 2.

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Homeward Bound Pet Supply Drive

Please drop off any new dog and cat supplies at any Central New Mexico SLFCU branch during the week of June 6 - 10.

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Ending Soon: Pay No Origination Fees on Home Loans with SLFCU

SLFCU is waiving origination and administrative fees on applications for owner-occupied first mortgages originated now through 6/30/22!

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Make Car-Buying Easier This Summer

Now Through June 30: Special Offer for SLFCU Members

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Helping Your Elderly Loved Ones Remain Financially Stable

It’s important to get a clear understanding of your elder loved ones' financial needs and goals as they enter their golden years.

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SLFCU Supports New Mexico Entrepreneurs

Do you own a small business, or are you looking for advice on how to get one started?

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Simplify the Holidays with Zelle®

This year, go in on gifts with others and split the cost of the bill!

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In the Community

SLFCU returned to hosting our biannual shredding events, with our first taking place in October.

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Consider Making a Charitable Donation This Holiday Season

Please consider donating to a qualified charity or non-profit organization this Giving Tuesday (Nov. 30) or any time this holiday season.

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Five Reasons to Switch to eStatements

Now could be a great time to reduce your paper usage and stop receiving paper statements and notices from SLFCU.

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Meet Carol Manzanares, SLFCU's New VP of Human Resources

Carol joined the Credit Union in mid-September 2021, and by all accounts, has hit the ground running.

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ECHO: Helping Kids, One Backpack at a Time

ECHO has provided food, resources, and education to kids, children, and families in San Juan County, for more than 54 years.

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Meet Matthew Soto – SLFCU’s New Cottonwood Branch Manager

Matthew brings over 14 years of credit union experience to his new role as our Cottonwood Branch Manager. 

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Thank You for Donating to the NM Credit Unions Connected Academy!

All donations made to the NMCUCA go toward funding an accredited full-time teacher at UNM Mimbres School inside UNM Children’s Hospital. 

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Maximize Your Holiday Shopping Dollars

If you plan to shop by credit card, here are ways you can maximize your spending dollars – during the holiday season or anytime.
 

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Mary Martinez: Serving Seniors with Kindness and Care

Mary purchased her Home Instead franchise in 2002. And 19 exciting years later, the adventure continues, especially in the age of COVID-19.

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Five Questions for First-Time Car Buyers to Consider

Buying your first car may be the first major purchase you make. There's a lot to consider, but asking yourself these questions can help.

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Help Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Shredding unneeded receipts, bills, and papers with personal information can help protect yourself from identity theft.

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Congratulations to Our 2021 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our 2021 scholarship winners, and thank you to the 19 members who volunteered their time as judges. 

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New Mexico Credit Unions Connected Academy Match Month

To aid in reaching our goal, SLFCU will match all donations received for NMCUCA in September, up to a collective total of $5,000. 

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Meet Our New Juan Tabo Branch Manager, Tess Wasson

Tess says she is excited to continue working with members at the Juan Tabo branch and hopes to develop strong relationships with them. 

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Announcing Our Home Renovation Photo Contest Winner!

Congratulations to the winners of our SLFCU Home Renovation Photo Contest! 

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Ahmet Tiryaki: Building a Future in New Mexico

According to Ahmet, another stroke of good fortune was being introduced to SLFCU and meeting with the Business Services team. 

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Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque Needs Volunteer Drivers

Drivers are needed to deliver nourishing meals and life-sustaining friendship to Meals on Wheels clients in the ABQ area.

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All Wheel Drive or 4 Wheel Drive: Which Vehicle Is Right for You?

Understanding the difference between all-wheel drive or a four-wheel drive can help you determine which one is the better fit for you. 

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In the Community

Thank you to our members and employees for donating to our Homeward Bound Pet Supply Drive benefitting local animal shelters in NM.

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Tips To Stay Safe on Social Media

With scams becoming more common, we offer a few tips on how to keep you and your kids safe online and on social media.

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Which Bills Should You Pay (or Not) With a Credit Card?

Before you pull out your card or tap to pay, consider the potential pros and cons of paying your bills with credit.

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SLFCU Named a Top Credit Union in NM Three Years in a Row

It’s a three-peat! SLFCU has been recognized once again as a Best-in-State Credit Union by Forbes. 

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Changes to Child Tax Credit Payments for 2021

Starting July 15, 2021, the IRS will send advance monthly payments of half of the total yearly amount earned for the Child Tax Credit to those who qualify. Changes apply to tax year 2021 only.

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Michelle Asendorf Joins Rio Rancho as Branch Manager

Michelle joined SLFCU more than 12 years ago as a Financial Services Representative at the Juan Tabo branch.

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Meet Adam Smith, Paseo’s New Branch Manager

Adam stepped into his new role as manager of SLFCU’s Paseo branch a few months ago, but he’s been with the Credit Union since 2018. 

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SLFCU Partner Company Highlight

“In a world where faceless financial institutions have endless bureaucracy, SLFCU figures out how to make deals,” says Brady, President of Perfection Honda. 

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Get the Most Out of Your Yard

SLFCU’s Home Equity CreditLines are a smart way to help finance a new addition to your home, or pay for upgrades and repairs.

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Help Keep Your Online Accounts Secure

With scams becoming more common, keeping your online accounts safe should be a top priority. SLFCU provides the following tips. 

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Teen Article: The Profits of Community Service

SLFCU Teen Member Nico Grayson shares how his acts of kindness grew into something more meaningful during the pandemic.

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It's a Merger!

Animas Credit Union in Farmington, NM has officially become part of SLFCU as of July 1, 2021. 

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Seven Sizzling Summer New Mexico Road-Trip Destinations

Grab your sunglasses: We've rounded up seven of the hottest places in the Land of Enchantment to visit this summer. Are they on your vacation list?

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Finance Your Next Vehicle with SLFCU in Four Easy Steps

If you’re thinking about buying a new or used vehicle, financing it through SLFCU is easier than you may think. 

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The Benefits of Refinancing Your Auto Loan with SLFCU

In many situations, refinancing your auto loan can help you meet your financial goals or save you money. 

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Animas CU Members Vote YES! to Merge with SLFCU

After a majority of voting ACU members voted their approval, SLFCU and ACU will now legally and formally combine under the SLFCU name.

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NM Businesses Take the Spotlight in SLFCU-Sponsored Radio Show

SLFCU is the proud sponsor of Minding Your Business – Wisdom and Inspiration from New Mexico Business Owners.

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Help Protect Your Family from Financial Elder Abuse

June is National Elder Abuse Awareness month and is a great time to talk with your family members about their future plans.

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Five Things to Know Before Trading in Your Vehicle

Trading in your old vehicle for a new one is complicated. Do your research to ensure you get the most money possible for your vehicle.

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Updated Procedures for Restricted Access to the Kirtland Branch

Members needing access to the SLFCU branch on Kirtland AFB must request and obtain a Defense Biometric Identification System pass.

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Minding Your Business: A New Radio Show Sponsored by SLFCU

Tune in Sundays to 96.3 News Radio KKOB from 11 AM - noon for Minding Your Business, presented by WESST and sponsored by SLFCU.

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Security Changes in Online and Mobile Banking

Security questions are being discontinued as a means for two-factor authentication in online and mobile banking.

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2021 Spring Real Estate Report: Albuquerque Area and Tri-Valley, California

Learn about the current real estate market in the Albuquerque and Tri-Valley areas.

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Meet Bonnie, SLFCU’s New Jefferson Branch Manager

Bonnie Duran joined SLFCU in March as the new Jefferson Branch Manager with more than 20 years in the financial industry.

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The Fourth Pillar of Financial Health: Plan

BALANCE Financial Fitness is offering a free online toolkit explaining how spending, saving, borrowing, and planning create your financial health. 

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In the Community

The SLFCU community donated over 10,000 children’s books in our 2021 Read to Me Book Drive.

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Introducing SLFCU’s Newest Partner Company: The American Consumer Council

With your SLFCU membership, you can now join ACC and take advantage of the benefits they offer to consumers.

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SLFCU Savings Laboratory® Program Updates

SLFCU’s Savings Laboratory® Program has recently been updated to help children learn more about money.

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Save a Tree and Help a National Forest

For every new eStatement or eNotice registration made now through 12/31/21, SLFCU will donate $1 to the National Forest Foundation.

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Teen Article: Making Money as a Teen During the Pandemic

SLFCU Teen Member Delaney Montoya shares her experience in starting a fashion business as a teen during the pandemic.

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Planning Ahead: The Key to Easier Auto Buying

If you are ready to upgrade your road trip ride, SLFCU can help you prepare before you go vehicle shopping. 

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Credit Card Basics

Credit cards can be handy, and building up your credit history can help you make big decisions down the road, such as purchasing a car or home.

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The Third Pillar of Financial Health: Borrow

BALANCE Financial Fitness is offering a free online toolkit explaining how spending, saving, borrowing, and planning create your financial health. 

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SLFCU Responds With a Record Year of Giving Back

Our 2021 philanthropy plans are in the works! In 2020, SLFCU gave nearly $100,000 to over 31 organizations in NM and CA.

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Coronavirus Economic Impact Payment FAQs

Get answers to frequently asked questions about Coronavirus Economic Impact Payments.

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New Self-Service Tools for SLFCU Credit Cards

SLFCU credit card holders have new self-service options in online banking on laptop or desktop computers.

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Home Loans: Record Growth

SLFCU members financed new homes with us or refinanced their current loans in record numbers in 2020.

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SLFCU Introduces New Rebate Program for Business Debit Cards

SLFCU business debit cardholders are eligible to receive rebates on purchases made at participating merchants with the Mastercard Easy Savings® Program.

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Thank You for Donating to the New Mexico Credit Unions Connected Academy!

SLFCU members, employees, and our community partners helped raise $3,370 during our February match month for the NMCUCA.

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The Second Pillar of Financial Health: Save

BALANCE Financial Fitness is offering a free online toolkit explaining how spending, saving, borrowing, and planning create your financial health. 

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Tax Documents Available Online

Tax documents from 2019 and 2018 are available now in online banking, and 2020 forms will appear as they are generated through May 2021.

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Annual Report 2020

Serving our members well is SLFCU’s highest priority, whether they have chosen us for their personal financial needs or to help them run and grow their business.

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The First Pillar of Financial Health: Spend

BALANCE Financial Fitness is offering a free online toolkit explaining how spending, saving, borrowing, and planning create your financial health. 

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Teen Article: What My First Job Taught Me About Earning Money

SLFCU Teen Member Rebekah Payne shares what her first job taught her about earning money and setting financial goals.

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Scam Alert Update

SLFCU members are continuing to report fraudulent phone calls and text messages from people claiming to be SLFCU representatives. This includes spoofed phone calls which appear to originate from SLFCU.

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Now Available: View Dividend Rates for Term Certificates in Online and Mobile Banking

Members can now view the dividend rate for their certificate(s) in online or mobile banking.

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Make 2021 Your Healthiest Financial Year Yet

BALANCE Financial Fitness is offering a new free online toolkit explaining how to improve your financial health. 

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Thank You for Following SLFCU!

Thank you to all of our members and community who followed us on social media to support Meals on Wheels.

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Build Your Credit and Future with “Smart” Debt

For many people, bigger purchases in life can require borrowing money – and to qualify, you’ll almost certainly need to have a credit score.

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We’re Planting 2,521 Trees in our National Forests for Members Who Switched to eStatements!

More than 2,521 SLFCU members switched to eStatements and eNotices between 9/01/20 and 12/31/20.

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Double Your Donation

SLFCU will match all donations received for NMCUCA in February. Your contribution will help keep young patients on track toward graduation.

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SLFCU Introduces New Contactless Credit Cards

SLFCU is offering contactless Visa Signature® and Visa Platinum® credit cards beginning in December. 

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SNL Reaffirms Enduring Relationship with SLFCU

SNL and SLFCU have once again formalized their important relationship with a Memorandum of Understanding.

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Google Pay and Samsung Pay Now Available for SLFCU Debit Cards

You can now use your SLFCU debit card with Google Pay™ and Samsung Pay®, as well as Apple Pay® – just like you can with your SLFCU credit card. 

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SLFCU Donates to Programs Helping Children in Foster Care

NM Kids Matter is the voice for more than 1,000 kids in the foster care system. SLFCU is pleased to have provided a $5,000 grant to this important organization. 

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In the Community

Thank you to our members and employees for their generous donations to this year’s virtual school supply drive benefitting the APS Education Foundation! 

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Drive into the New Year

With the holidays on the horizon, replacing an older vehicle might be the best gift you can give yourself. 

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Live Chat Now Available in Online Banking and on slfcu.org

SLFCU now offers chat in online banking and on slfcu.org, allowing members to speak directly with an SLFCU representative in real time. 

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Teen Article: The Importance of Building Credit in Your Teens

SLFCU Teen Member Nathaniel Morgan talks about the importance of building credit in your teens.

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SLFCU and Animas Credit Union Announce Merger Plans

Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union and Animas Credit Union (ACU) have announced plans to merge.

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Members: Please Ensure We Have Your Current Address

It is important for SLFCU to maintain accurate records for members to ensure they receive account-related communications, including 2020 tax documents. 

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SLFCU Gives Back to Our Most Vulnerable Neighbors

SLFCU is giving a total of $45,000 in 2020 to 10 organizations in NM and Livermore, CA who are helping those in need during the pandemic. 

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Congratulations to Our 2020 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our 2020 scholarship winners, and thank you to the 27 members who volunteered their time as judges. 

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Fall 2020 Real Estate Report: Albuquerque Area and Tri-Valley, California

Learn about the current real estate market in the Albuquerque, NM and Tri-Valley, CA areas.

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Help Us Support Meals on Wheels

Double your social dividends. A good deed is only a click away and could provide a second helping to those in need.

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“Meals on Wheels is a life saver”

Irene is a participant of Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque and wants everyone to know how important it is for people with economic hardships to receive a meal.

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SLFCU Resources During Extreme Fire Danger

SLFCU members in California may experience difficulty visiting a branch due to extreme fire danger. During these times, members may use online, mobile, or automated phone banking.

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A New Way to Request Additional Services in Online and Mobile Banking

The place to submit requests for services such as wire transfers or stop payments within online and mobile banking has been relocated.

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SLFCU's Jefferson Branch Will Move

We are excited to announce our Jefferson branch will soon move from its current location into a new location across the street, allowing for a larger branch to better serve our members.

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New: Make Principal-Only Loan Payments in Online and Mobile Banking

SLFCU has expanded the ability to make principal-only payments to many SLFCU auto, home, and personal loans through online and mobile banking. 

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SLFCU Virtual School Supply Drive

Now through Saturday, August 15, SLFCU members can quickly and easily make a monetary donation in support of APS Education Foundation.

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Announcing the #LifeHappens Summer Photo Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of our SLFCU #LifeHappens Summer Photo Contest! They each received a $100 gift card to El Patron restaurant! 

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Financial Fitness: One More Thing to Learn in College

College is often the first time young adults are making their own money decisions, and budgeting should be discussed well ahead of campus arrival.

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SLFCU is the #1 Credit Union in New Mexico…Again!

Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union ranked as the #1 credit union in New Mexico for the second year in a row by Forbes Magazine.

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A Great Place to Be

To help SLFCU business members navigate the PPP application process, the Credit Union assembled employees across the organization. 

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Teen Article: How to Decide Where to Put Your Money

SLFCU teen member Taryn Ortiz details how she manages her money into four different categories.

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Introducing John Fehr, Vice President of Infrastructure

SLFCU’s newest Vice President’s interest in all things technical began in high school. 

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Solar Energy for Your Home: Lease or Buy?

A new home solar system is a major purchase decision. In 2020, a system can cost $15,000 to $30,000 before rebates and incentives.

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SLFCU Streamlines Consumer Loan, Account Application Process

SLFCU is making the consumer loan and account application experience more convenient for our members beginning July 15, 2020.

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SLFCU Savings Laboratory® Program

SLFCU’s Savings Laboratory® Program is an exciting way for kids 12 and younger to learn about saving money.

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Count on the Safety and Security of SLFCU

At Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union, looking out for our members’ financial well-being has been our top priority for 71 years. 

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New and Updated Term Certificates Offer More Ways to Save

To offer our members more options, we’ve updated our term and IRA term certificate offerings. 

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Mortgages May Trigger Unsolicited Mail

If you closed on a new home loan, refinanced your mortgage, or opened a Home Equity CreditLine, you may receive multiple solicitations in the mail.

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Paying for College: What to Do If You Need Assistance

If you or your student experiences a gap between your funding and the cost of college, here are a few options you can explore.

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Teen Article: Saving is Like Gaming

SLFCU teen member John Wendt explains how saving money can be like playing a video game.

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In the Community

SLFCU partners with local restaurants to give back to TriCore, First Choice employees.

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Increase Your Social Dividends Contest

Every week, we’ll pick a new follower to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Once a month we’ll also pick from all of our followers on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to win a gift card, too! 

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Spring 2020 Real Estate Report: Albuquerque Area and Tri-Valley, California

Learn about the current real estate market in the Albuquerque and Tri-Valley areas.

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SLFCU’s Modest Beginnings

SLFCU was chartered in October 1948 by 15 employees of Sandia National Laboratories. But beyond the charter, how did the Credit Union begin serving members?

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Your Family Can Join SLFCU

SLFCU membership is open to more people than you may think. Immediate family and household members of our current members are eligible to join at any time.

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Your Accounts…at Your Fingertips

SLFCU’s online and mobile banking system gives you convenient access to your accounts. Make deposits, pay your bills, and more.

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SLFCU Support for Restaurants

Please consider supporting our business members that currently offer delivery and/or takeout options. 

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SLFCU Savings Laboratory Coloring Contest

Share a photo of your completed coloring page on our Facebook page for a chance to win a $25 gift card to a local restaurant.

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Security Reminders for Your Online Accounts

To create a secure username, choose something that you have never used on another site. Your username should include numbers and letters and should be difficult to guess.

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Assistance for Businesses Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for assistance in the form of Small Business Administration (SBA) loans.

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Livermore Downtown Closed on Wednesdays until Further Notice

To help ensure the health of our members and employees, Livermore Downtown will be closed on Wednesdays until further notice.

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SLFCU Branches Receive ENERGY STAR Certification

SLFCU’s Edgewood, Rio Rancho, and Paseo del Norte branches received 2019 EPA ENERGY STAR certification.

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Amaran: A Unique Approach to Senior Living in Albuquerque

SLFCU is financing the loan on the $22 million project for Amaran Senior Living, currently under construction in ABQ.

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SLFCU Cardholders Can Now Set Personal Preferences for ATMs

SLFCU members are now able to set their language, fast cash, and receipt preferences at participating ATMs.

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Purchasing a Car for Your Teen

Whether they’re heading to college or just received their driver’s license, buying your teen their first vehicle can be exciting, yet overwhelming.

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Taking Care of Difficult Business (Part 2)

You can make choices now that will simplify the financial process for your loved ones after you’re gone. 

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Teen Article: The Benefits of Budgeting

SLFCU teen member Dallin Gariety goes over many of the benefits of budgeting.

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How Does the SECURE Act Affect You?

The SECURE Act has been in effect since January 1, 2020 and SLFCU will continually make regulatory updates.

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2020 Marks the 50th Anniversary of SLFCU's Kirtland Branch Grand Reopening

SLFCU’s Kirtland branch will celebrate its 50th anniversary this May.

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SLFCU Kirtland Branch Closure

As of Wednesday, March 18, the SLFCU Kirtland branch will be closed until further notice due to the closure of Sandia National Laboratories to non-essential staff.

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SLFCU Livermore Branch Availability: The Downtown Branch Is Open; Livermore East Is Closed

We encourage members to use remote access options.

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Meet Ryan Bobbin, SLFCU’s Vice President of Organizational Development and Project Management

Ryan started SLFCU’s organizational knowledge management system.

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Security Alert: Fraudulent Phone Calls Regarding SLFCU “Special Offers”

If you receive a call and are concerned that it may not be legitimate, please end the call and contact SLFCU directly.

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$20,000,000 Back to Our Members

SLFCU is giving back $20 million in November to its members via a special dividend.

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SLFCU Gives Local Business the Strongest Building Material: True Partnership

“People do business with people, not companies,” says Ken Ray, current CEO and founder of Raysteel, Inc. 

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Meet Brett Wallace Slayden, SLFCU’s New Vice President of Branch Operations

Brett brings extensive experience crafting the credit union member experience to SLFCU.

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In the Community

SLFCU hosts semi-annual shredding event; SLFCU gives $20,000,000 back to our members.

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Fall Real Estate Report: Albuquerque Area and Tri-Valley, California

Learn about the current real estate market in the Albuquerque, NM and Tri-Valley, CA areas.

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Teen Article: Why You Should Save Money

SLFCU teen member Mary Brannon explains why she believes teens should save money, even if they think they're too young.

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Announcing the #SLFCUSummer Photo Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of our SLFCU Facebook Summer Photo Contest! They received a $100 gas card to help keep their adventures rolling. 

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Skip a Trip with Mobile Deposit

Depositing a check is as easy as taking a picture of it on your smartphone, or visiting a CUAnytime ATM.
 

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SLFCU's Home Equity CreditLines Can Save You Money

A Home Equity CreditLine could offer you a lower rate than other loan types.

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Call Back Feature Now Available

SLFCU has a new feature that allows members who call our Contact Center to request a call back instead of waiting on hold.

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Universal Transaction Form

In response to member feedback, SLFCU has created a universal transaction form that can be used for personal and business transactions. 

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Everyone Needs an Emergency Savings Account

Having an emergency savings account could help you cover the costs of unexpected expenses in the instance your income changes.

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Individuals claiming to be SLFCU employees are calling members

SLFCU has received reports that individuals purporting to be SLFCU employees are calling members and claiming money is owed to the Credit Union.

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College Planning Timeline

Whether you’re starting or returning to college, it’s a good idea to set up a plan so you can feel confident about your responsibilities.

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SLFCU Named a Forbes Magazine Best-in-State Credit Union for 2019

Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union has been recognized as one of Forbes Magazine’s Best-in-State Credit Unions 2019.

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Buying a Home? Skip PMI with SLFCU and Save Big

Purchasing a home is exciting, but if you’re a first-time home buyer you’re likely to encounter many unfamiliar terms and concepts.

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Teen Article: Baking Up Business

SLFCU teen member Simran Bhardwaj talks about how she turned her baking hobby into a business.

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Now is a Great Time to Start Saving for Holiday Spending

Being mindful about spending, and creating a savings goal now, can help keep your finances on track.

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Make Saving Fun for Your Kids

SLFCU’s Savings Laboratory® is an exciting way for kids 12 and younger to learn about saving money. 

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Using Your Code Word for Identification

New members are asked to select a code word when opening an SLFCU account as an additional means of identification.

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Call Back Feature Now Available

SLFCU has a new feature that allows members who call our Contact Center to request a call back instead of waiting on hold for the next available representative.

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Save for a Down Payment with Online and Mobile Banking

SLFCU's online and mobile banking make it simple to create and track your progress toward saving for a down payment.

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Teen Article: Money – It Comes, It Goes

Mariah explains why saving your money is a wiser choice than spending it, and how SLFCU's Savings Laboratory® Program encouraged her to save. 

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Protect Yourself Through Data Breach Awareness

Many fraudsters use the internet as a source for personal data to help them commit fraud. Are you confident your information is protected? 

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Spring Real Estate Report: Albuquerque Area and Tri-Valley, California

Learn about the current real estate market in the Albuquerque and Tri-Valley areas.

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SLFCU's Online & Mobile Banking System: One Year Later

We have performed a number of updates to our new online and mobile banking system to ensure it is meeting the needs of our members.

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Online Banking Access for Joint Account Owners

Based on member feedback, we have implemented an online banking enhancement allowing joint owners on personal accounts the ability to see and transact on those accounts in online banking.

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What is Product ID?

Product ID, formerly “type and suffix,” is the four-digit number that identifies SLFCU members’ sub-accounts, such as individual savings, checkings, term certificates, etc. 

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Tips for Using SLFCU Automated Phone Banking

SLFCU’s automated phone banking system gives members 24/7 access to their accounts. It is designed to provide options based on your specific accounts.

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Reaching Goals with Solid Plans

Cornell senior and 2018 SLFCU scholarship winner Rebecca Restrepo has a lot to look forward to in 2019. 

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Retirees Bring Tech Expertise to Small Businesses

When they step out of the workforce, retirees take a wealth of knowledge and experience with them. 

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3 Reasons to Get Pre-approved for an SLFCU Home Loan

Thinking of moving? Getting pre-approved can reduce some of the stress of buying a new home.

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SLFCU Donates $1,000 to Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico

Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union celebrated our new Jefferson branch with a grand opening ceremony on March 14.

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SNL Livermore Collaborates with SLFCU on Homebuying Assistance

SNL Livermore sought out SLFCU to help ease their employees' California home buying efforts.

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Members Ask, SLFCU Answers

SLFCU pays close attention to member feedback and survey responses. Here are some answers to recent questions and comments.

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SLFCU Members Support APS Students

Thank you to all who brought school supplies to SLFCU branches or made monetary donations during the back-to-school supplies drive.

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Local Landmark Relies on SLFCU

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, located in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM, was originally founded in 1934.

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Online Tools for Finding Your Dream Home

When you register with the HomeAdvantage® program, you can take advantage of many home buying benefits.

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SLFCU Supports Habitat for Humanity

SLFCU, Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity, Sandia Retirees, and Friends House celebrated the dedication ceremony in June with new homeowners.

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Achieve Your Savings Goals with SLFCU

SLFCU members can create savings goals in online banking. Start a savings goal to buy a home, plan a wedding, or make charitable donations.

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Security Resources on the Federal Trade Commission Website

The FTC website is a helpful resource for SLFCU members who are searching for information on ways to avoid scams, and how to protect yourself as a consumer.

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Access Your SLFCU Accounts Anywhere

Free services give you access to your accounts everywhere life takes you, saving you both time and money. 

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Teach Saving Habits Early

With the SLFCU Savings Laboratory®, teaching your child positive financial habits can be both fun and rewarding.

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Insurance Built for Credit Union Members Like You

SLFCU partners with TruStage Insurance Agency to offer members competitive rates, quality products, and helpful advice without sales pressure. 

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A Focus on Education

SLFCU scholarship winner Bella Starkweather is following in her sisters’ footsteps by attending the University of New Mexico.

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No Credit History: Not Just a Problem for Young Adults

A lack of credit history can be an issue for financially established individuals who opt to pay cash instead of getting loans or using credit cards.

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Looking to the Future with Aligned Values

Danlar Collision's partnership with SLFCU Business is built upon shared values like respect, service, and support.

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New Online Banking - How to Transfer Money

Learn about transfers in the new online banking system. 

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Online Banking Budgeting and Savings Tools

SLFCU’s online banking gives you access to tools that can help you build a monthly budget, and more.

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Building a Career Based on the Credit Union Difference

When Card Services Manager Jeff Morris was 20 years old, his sister – branch manager of a bank in Amarillo – suggested he look for a job with a financial institution.

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Don't Give Your Account Information to Scammers

Cyber criminals create fake accounts or hack into real social media accounts and try to trick you into giving them money by asking for your account information.

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Manage Your Money Wisely in 2018

Setting up a budget can help you manage the money you earn and develop a plan to meet your future goals.

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Should You Freeze Your Credit?

A credit freeze restricts creditors from accessing your credit report, which prevents both legitimate and fraudulent loans and accounts from being opened in your name.

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What is a CreditLine?

A CreditLine, also known as a line of credit, is a loan that allows you to borrow money and pay it back repeatedly, without having to apply for a new loan each time.

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Mail Your Holiday Checks at the Post Office

Mail theft tends to increase over the holidays. Follow these tips to reduce the chances of having your mail stolen.
 

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Protect Yourself Against Data Breaches

Recent security breaches, particularly the September announcement by Equifax that data for 143 million Americans was compromised, have caused intense concern.

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Equifax Breach Information

Equifax has announced a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers.

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More Convenience for Automatic Credit/Debit Card Payments

Beginning in October 2017, updated card information will be provided to billers that automatically charge your card.

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SLFCU Members Buy Their First Home

When Lesley and Kurtis Caldwell decided they were ready to buy a home, they turned to SLFCU for a quality mortgage and great service.

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SLFCU Supports Habitat for Humanity

Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity celebrated the groundbreaking of two new homes.

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2017 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to SLFCU’s scholarship winners, and thank you to the members who volunteered their time as judges. This is the 23rd consecutive year SLFCU has awarded scholarships.

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SLFCU and KFCU No Longer Merging

In 2016, we announced plans to pursue a merger between SLFCU and Kirtland Federal Credit Union. The boards of directors of both credit unions have decided to terminate that merger agreement.

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Investing Basics for Teens

Although investing isn’t necessary to become financially stable or independent, it may provide benefits to someone looking for a smart way to grow their extra cash.

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Share the Benefits of Credit Union Membership

As a member and owner of SLFCU, you get great service, competitive rates, and products designed to fit your financial needs. And you can share the credit union advantage with your family and friends.

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Printable Loan Payment Coupons

Now you can print loan coupons from SLFCU's website to mail with your loan payments.

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Edgewood Branch Meets Member Needs

David Stout joined SLFCU in 1976 after starting a new job with Sandia National Laboratories. He had just left the military and was interested in buying a house with his wife.

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Take Advantage of Your Card's Many Benefits

Most credit and debit cards come with benefits that encourage consumers to choose that particular card over the other options available to them. 

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Access SLFCU Accounts Wherever You Are

SLFCU offers all of the financial services you need, even if you are unable to visit or do not live near a branch.

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Ensure Direct Deposit Information is Current

It's important to verify that your account information is up to date in order to ensure your direct deposits don’t experience problems or delays.

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Family Finds Value for All Ages at SLFCU

The Maki parents make sure their kids have regular opportunities to think about saving and spending money.

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What Do Teens Need to Know About Credit?

Good credit is the key to a solid financial foundation. It can help you secure a loan for school and a car, often at a better rate than someone with a low score would receive.

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New Fixed Rate Mortgages with Low Down Payments

It’s a common misperception that lenders require a down payment of at least 20% of the price of the home.

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Avoiding Mail Theft and Check Fraud

Mail theft and check fraud are causing increased concern for individuals trying to keep their financial information safe.

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Online Help with Buying Your Next Car

SLFCU has resources to help you navigate the car buying process so you can make informed decisions.

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Meet Your Livermore Downtown Branch

For 33 years Livermore members of SLFCU were served by just one branch, located near Sandia National Laboratories’ Livermore site.

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Support for School: SLFCU Scholarship Recipient Provides Community Support

Caroline Stapleton was one of 12 recipients of SLFCU’s 2016 Scholarship.

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How SLFCU Sets Rates

SLFCU strives to price our products in a way that both benefits members and keeps their money safe. Robert Chavez, President/CEO, explains three factors that determine the pricing of deposits and loans at SLFCU.

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Avoid Checking Account "Oops" Situations

SLFCU can help you set up your checking account to avoid Non Sufficient Funds (NSF) fees, returned checks, and declined cards.

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Reward Kids for Saving

Designed to help encourage savings habits and financial responsibility at an early age, the SLFCU Savings Laboratory program offers an engaging way for kids to get excited about saving.

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Choosing the Right Account Type for Children

When opening a savings account for a child, it's important to consider what purpose the account will serve.

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Keep Your Mobile Device Secure

The amount of malware targeting mobile devices tripled in 2015. Smartphones and tablets are as powerful as many desktop computers, and security is just as important.

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Buying a Home: What to Save and How to Get There

There are three things you need to consider when saving for a home: a down payment, closing costs, and insurance and taxes.

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Protect Yourself from Online Sales Fraud

A number of SLFCU members have been targeted by online sales scams, mainly in the form of bad checks. SLFCU recommends that you never accept a check from someone you don’t know.

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Starting a Career

Starting a career can be an exciting time, and it’s important to think about what a steady income means for your financial goals. 

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MasterPass Simplifies Online Shopping

Shopping online can be tedious – check out as a guest, and you're entering card and shipping information; set up an account, and now you have another username and password.

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Automated Phone Banking Provides An Individualized Experience

Call SLFCU's responsive phone system to check balances and history, make transfers, pay loans, and more.

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Minimize Risk of Identity Theft

Identity theft is a growing problem that is a potential risk to everyone. Take steps to reduce the chances of having your identity stolen.

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Preparing Your Accounts for the Future

Preparing your finances so others may assist you if necessary can be an important step in making sure your finances are handled the way you want.

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Checking Account Questions Answered

There are a lot of features that comprise a checking account. We've answered some frequently asked questions to help you get the most out of your checking account.

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Heading to College

For most people, college is the first time you'll be fully responsible for your finances. During college a budget is critical.

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Can You Afford a Home?

Buying a house can be daunting, and it's easy to feel overwhelmed. You probably have many questions: Which neighborhood is right for you? Is an appraisal different from an inspection?

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$2,000 of Insurance Coverage

To help you protect the people who matter most in your life, SLFCU endorses TruStage Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance from CMFG Life Insurance Company.

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Buying a New Car?

AutoSMART has the tools to guide you through the entire car buying process, saving you time and helping you make informed decisions. 

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5 Things to Look for in a Checking Account

It’s important to select a checking account that helps you meet your goals.

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Getting Married

Marriage marks a big turning point in life, and finances are often a significant consideration. Here are some topics you and your partner should discuss.

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What Data Breaches Mean for You and SLFCU

Data breaches at retail merchants are occurring more frequently than in the past. However, members can be assured that SLFCU is ready to help if your data is compromised.

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SLFCU Can Help in Difficult Situations

SLFCU offers solutions for managing difficult financial situations. You can rely on SLFCU to provide personal, caring service and professional guidance.

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Mastercard Identity Theft Alerts

Mastercard's Identity Theft Alert program monitors your online identity and sends you an alert if it detects that your personal information has been exposed to potential fraud or theft.

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How Much Can You Spend?

The balance in your checking account isn't necessarily the true amount of money you have available to spend. Your account balance only captures actions that have involved SLFCU.

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Avoid ATM Fees & Surcharges

There are two costs you might incur for using an out-of-network ATM. An ATM surcharge is assessed by a financial institution for using one of their ATMs when you are not a customer. 

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Improved Security with eStatements

Using eStatements instead of getting statements by mail is more secure. Paper statements can be a prime target for criminals looking to steal your identity.

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Manage Money with Your Child

Children can be introduced to the concept of money at a young age. Whether it’s spending birthday money on a new toy or helping a parent at the grocery store, there are many opportunities.

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Car Shopping Tips

When buying a new car, there are a lot of things to keep in mind. The Credit Union National Association recommends these six tips:

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Pays Bills on Time in Online Banking

SLFCU's online banking will automatically determine how much lead time is needed to process and send your bill payments.

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Shop Safely Online

The holidays are fast approaching, and many of us will shop online. Credit card fraud and online scams spike over the holidays; here are some steps you can take to help keep your personal information and finances secure.

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Managing Student Loans

If you graduated from college in the spring, grace periods for your federal and private student loans are probably coming to an end. Most student loans have a six-month grace period before entering the repayment stage.

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How Much Should You Pay for an Allowance?

My 10-year-old earns $5 a week for taking care of regular tasks and for helping without complaint, ideally, with chores like yard work and washing the car.

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Money Management Strategies for Teens

Managing money wisely isn’t just a concern for adults – teenagers with jobs receive paychecks, and many high school graduates receive monetary gifts.

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Using Allowance as a Financial Tool

Here are some common approaches that some families take towards allowances.

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Consumer Tips for Data Breaches

Recent data breaches have caused intense concern from consumers. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recommends the following steps to protect yourself:

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Deposit Insurance

Through coverage provided by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF), your deposits at SLFCU are backed by the full faith and credit of the United States government, up to the insured limit.

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14 Household Budgeting Tips

Putting together a realistic and helpful budget can be harder than it looks. Here are 14 tips.

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Stick With SLFCU When You Move

SLFCU offers all the financial services you need, even if you live far from a branch. These resources will help you keep track of your finances anywhere you go.

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Keep Cards Working During Travel

Your SLFCU credit cards and debit card are protected by a system that detects unusual patterns of activity and may block transactions unless you verify that the transaction is legitimate.

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Depositing Checks from Home

Many SLFCU members have taken advantage of mobile deposit through online banking.

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Think Twice Before Moving IRAs

Rolling over a distribution from your employer-sponsored retirement plan account to a traditional IRA isn't difficult. Still, it's easy to make a mistake that could cost you. 

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