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Helping You Develop Financial Independence for Retirement

We’re committed to helping ensure your funds are working as hard as they can for you, especially as you save for retirement.

Your membership provides access to a full range of America First accounts, as well as complete investment and insurance services, through CUSO Financial Services, L.P. (CFS*) at America First Credit Union Financial Solutions, including:

  • Broad investment choices
  • Portfolio management with accounting & performance reporting
  • Integration with online banking, giving you a single log-in
  • And more

We’re pleased to have a CFS Financial Advisor serving families and businesses in your community to help you achieve your goals, whether you are considering retiring or your IRA might not be generating the returns it could.

Please call 1-800-999-3961 for a no-cost, no-obligation appointment or send your request to affsolutions@cusonet.com.

*Non-deposit investment products and services are offered through CUSO Financial Services, L.P. (CFS), a registered broker-dealer (Member FINRA/SIPC) and SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Products offered through CFS are not NCUA/NCUSIF or otherwise federally insured, are not guarantees or obligations of the credit union, and may involve investment risk, including possible loss of principal. Investment representatives are registered through CFS. The credit union has contracted with CFS to make non-deposit investment products and services available to members.

Avoiding Tax Season Tricks

The middle of April might feel as though it’s ages away, but the tax deadline will soon be upon us—and so will the online scams.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, the country experienced a 50% hike in reported identity theft crimes since 2015, including those related to someone filing a false tax return in a stolen name.

To follow are some timely tips to prevent fraud during the coming months and throughout the year:

  • Officials recommend doing your taxes as soon as possible. The Internal Revenue Service only accepts one return per Social Security number. If yours is in early, a criminal cannot submit another with your personal information.
  • Imposters often claim to be government agents, but official U.S. agencies will never email or call you demanding payment without mailing you a notice first. Nor will they ask for card numbers via email or phone.
  • Regularly review your accounts and activity with free online & mobile banking. We also post your FICO Score ® if you have checking and/or a loan with us. And be sure to check your credit report for shady transactions at least once annually.
  • Watch out for unsolicited emails, texts, social media posts or fake sites that prompt clicking on links or sharing valuable data.
  • Take advantage of free antivirus or protective software.
  • Add a system firewall to prevent unauthorized users.
  • Visit us here to see how we’re working to safeguard your resources.

Better Money Management

Many of us resolve to practice better money-management when a new year gets under way, but by maximizing your membership in America First, you can truly reach those goals.

We offer several free, state-of-the-art services to monitor, track & control your funds, such as:

  • Money Manager—easy, intelligent online budgeting
  • FICO® Scores—check your credit any time with free online banking
  • Account alerts—stay informed about balances, transactions, deposits and loan payments
  • Card Guard®—set transaction limits, approve merchants & turn your America First Visa® cards on and off

Click here to learn how these and other premier tools can enhance your financial health.

Get Some Additional Cash Back and Get the Perks You Deserve

For a limited time, when you transfer balances from other institutions to Visa® from America First, we’ll pay you 3% of that amount! And you’ll get:

  • Additional cash back with free ABC Deals™
  • Free Card Guard® mobile security & fraud protection
  • Free identity theft recovery services
  • Much more

Plus, our cards always deliver:

  • Unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase
  • Exclusive deals & discounts
  • Free Picture Perfect™ customization

Apply today.

Eligibility & conditions apply.

 

Keeping your IRA Options Open

We provide the perfect product if you’d rather pay taxes on your retirement fund immediately.

America First offers:

  • Roth IRA accumulators
  • Roth IRA certificates
  • Roth dedicated savings accounts

Open yours today & maximize the earnings.

Products that Can Provide for Your Complete Economic Well-Being

America First Financial Solutions offers products to help you achieve your personal objectives, including:

  • Saving for a home
  • Providing resources for your family’s education
  • Planning a comfortable retirement
  • Maximizing your IRA
  • And more

Make a personal appointment today.

Non-deposit investment products and services are offered through CUSO Financial Services, L.P. (CFS), a registered broker-dealer (Member FINRA/SIPC) and SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Products offered through CFS are not NCUA/NCUSIF or otherwise federally insured, are not guarantees or obligations of the credit union, and may involve investment risk, including possible loss of principal. Investment representatives are registered through CFS. The credit union has contracted with CFS to make non-deposit investment products and services available to members.

Resolve to Stay Safe Online

Although protecting yourself against scams and identity theft is a never-ending proposition, the new year brings an opportunity to place a renewed emphasis on cybersecurity.

To follow are some tips that can help:

  • Check in for free at annualcreditreport.com and look for any suspicious activity.
  • If you detect something, call us at 1-800-999-3961 or send an email to fraud@americafirst.com. And be sure to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Consistently check your accounts with free online & mobile banking.
  • Don’t respond to phishing emails or telephone scams that seek your account & PIN or other financial information.
  • Get educated—visit us here to learn more about enhanced security at America First.

 

Enjoy Some Financial Relief & Lend a Helping Hand to the Less Fortunate

Everyone knows it’s better to give than receive. But as a member of America First, you can do both!

Skipping a loan payment* is only $25 & when you take advantage of this option during the holidays, we’ll contribute $5 to the America First Charitable Foundation that assists the less-fortunate.

Then you’ll be free to go shopping, get caught up on your bills—anything you see fit. Plus, you’ll be helping someone in need. To see if you qualify, log in to free online banking.

*Terms and conditions apply. Not all loans are eligible. Ineligible loans include long-term mortgages, lines of credit & Visa® credit accounts. The America First Credit Union Charitable Foundation is a Utah-based, non-profit corporation.

Your Partner in Financial Health

The America First Financial Solutions program, available through CUSO Financial Services, L.P. (CFS), provides a variety of insurance and investments that complement those offered by the credit union.

You can take advantage of advice and services to help achieve your personal financial objectives, whether these goals are saving for a home, providing resources for college, or planning a comfortable retirement.

We can assist you with:

  • 401k rollovers
  • Stocks & bonds
  • Mutual funds
  • Annuities
  • Life & long-term care insurance
  • Higher education planning

Your CFS representative at America First Financial Solutions is a registered, licensed and experienced professional who is dedicated to your financial health. Please call 1-800-999-3961 for a no-cost, no-obligation appointment or email your request to affsolutions@cusonet.com.

Non-deposit investment products and services are offered through CUSO Financial Services, L.P. (CFS), a registered broker-dealer (Member FINRA/SIPC) and SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Products offered through CFS are not NCUA/NCUSIF or otherwise federally insured, are not guarantees or obligations of the credit union, and may involve investment risk, including possible loss of principal. Investment representatives are registered through CFS. The credit union has contracted with CFS to make non-deposit investment products and services available to members.

Save Some Cash & Do Some Good

Everyone knows it’s better to give than receive, but as a member of America First, you can do both!

Apply to skip a loan payment* for only $25 and, when you take advantage of this option during the holidays, we’ll contribute $5 to the America First Charitable Foundation, assisting the less-fortunate.

Then you’ll be free to go shopping, get caught up on your bills—anything you see fit. Plus, you’ll be helping someone in need. To see if you qualify, log in here, then click the Other Services tab.

*Terms and conditions apply. Not all loans are eligible. The America First Credit Union Charitable Foundation is a Utah-based, non-profit corporation organized for charitable purposes.