Welcome to the Live Smart Bank Smart Blog

As the largest locally based financial institution exclusively serving San Diego County, we take pride in providing our members financial services to help them reach their goals—and financial education to help them make money-wise decisions along the way. The Live Smart Bank Smart Blog provides information on a variety of topics that will help you learn more about financial services, money management, and our community. Check back each week to learn something new! At Mission Fed, your success is our bottom line, and that includes providing information to help our members live smart—and bank smart.

Don't forget your Foreign Currency when you travel abroad

June 26

Are you traveling to a foreign country this summer? If so, having a little cash on hand is always a good idea for any expenses where a credit card may not be an option.

Are you traveling to a foreign country this summer? If so, you are likely going to use your credit cards for purchases, since they usually offer better exchange rates and lower fees. But, having a little cash on hand is always a good idea for any expenses where a credit card may not be an option.

What We Think About Before Branching Out

June 19

You may have noticed that we’ve undergone a fair amount of branch growth over the past few years, and we continue to expand our branch network.

You may have noticed that we’ve undergone a fair amount of branch growth over the past few years, and we continue to expand our branch network to provide more access and enhanced services to our members. I’d like to share some of the strategic thinking behind our site selection for new branches.

Do you take cream with your banking?

June 12

Life is full of options, and so is the way in which you handle your finances. The who, what, where and how you do your banking has as many variations as your local Starbucks.

Life is full of options, and so is the way in which you handle your finances. The who, what, where and how you do your banking has as many variations as your local Starbucks. Here at Mission Fed, we don’t serve you the way WE feel is best—we serve you the way YOU wish to be served.

We put the "team" in "credit union"

June 5

Our employees must communicate well with and trust each other, as well as provide encouragement and show understanding because, as a team, we work toward a shared purpose: the success of our members.

From Little League baseball games to financial institutions, groups that use teamwork are going to be more successful than those who don’t. While it is true that there is no “I” in “team,” there are two in “credit union.” And, as Aesop said, “In union there is strength.”

What is your Risk Tolerance?

May 29

The personal ability to handle risk is different for everyone, especially in regards to their 401(k) portfolio and other investments. It’s important to take ownership of your future, and speaking with a financial advisor is a great way to get started.

The personal ability to handle risk is different for everyone, especially in regards to their 401(k) portfolio and other investments. Even your personal temperament can influence the ultimate decision regarding what is acceptable risk and what is too much to handle. You hear it all the time—Risk vs. Reward. Speaking with a financial advisor is a great way to take ownership of your future.

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