As the Coronavirus takes a growing toll on people’s pocketbooks, there are reports that the government will soon be sending money by check or direct deposit to each of us. The details are still being worked out, but there are a few really important things to know, no matter what this looks like.
1. The government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get this money. No fees. No charges. No nothing.
2. The government will...READ MORE
March 9, 2020 (LINCOLN, NEB.) — In light of the ongoing developments related to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, and its impact on financial markets, the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance (NDBF) is urging Nebraskans to beware of con artists seeking to capitalize on fear and uncertainty.
“We know con artists are opportunistic and use current events to cloak their schemes with an air of immediacy and legitimacy. Never make an investment...READ MORE
Bruning Bank is closely monitoring developments regarding the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The health of our employees and their ability to support our customers are of great importance to us. Rest assured that Bruning Bank is dedicated to ensuring that we deliver on our commitments and obligations to serving our customers and staff amid these challenging times. We are taking every necessary step to continue to provide the high-quality service and stability our customers rely on,...READ MORE
LINCOLN, NEB.March 14, 2020 – The Nebraska Bankers Association (NBA) is working closely with its 171 member banks across the state in proactively addressing the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
As the COVID-19 situation evolves, Nebraska banks are taking aggressive steps to safeguard the health and safety of their customers, staff and communities while ensuring the delivery of important financial services such as...READ MORE

Bruning State Bank recently changed its name to Bruning Bank and revealed an updated look to the bank’s brand. The new brand focuses on a modern and clean look to meet the expanding industry and reflects the direction the bank is heading for the future.

“The mission of Bruning Bank is to help our clients build and maintain wealth. To do that effectively, we must adapt to the needs of our customers and the financial industry in general. We must stay ahead of the game and do what’s in...READ MORE

Credit cards falling

Mileage Plus, Double points, Saphire, REDcard….if you recognize any of these names it is likely because you have some of the same cards in your wallet as I do.  As my husband and I discussed our financial goals for 2019, we once again discussed the desire to have a better handle on how and where we spend our money each month. We have set budgets before but ‘things’ kept popping up. A statement from TARGET, or GAP, VISA, or some other card would be lurking in the background and disrupt...READ MORE

Dewey Spider Web

A spider web planning approach is often taught in writing classes. The idea is to put a main idea in the center and put web threads surrounding it that support your main idea. What if a similar approach could be used to assist in planning your finances? 

It might be worth trying with an income tax refund, a bonus, or other unexpected money. Many times, family members have differing ideas on what to use money for. For an example, put the amount, we’ll say $3000, in the center....READ MORE

Computer smartphone and tablet on table

Every year, millions of consumers fall victim to cybercrime. October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and to help keep you safe online, Bruning Bank wanted to share the following tips from the American Bankers Association:

  1. Keep your computers and mobile devices up to date.  Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats. Turn on automatic updates so
  2. ...READ MORE
Hands typing on computer

Each night at my house before everyone heads off to bed, my wife or I will go around and check each of the doors of the house to make sure they are locked. Our three-year-old has recently started joining me on this quick trip to make sure everything is secure and mentioned the other night how safe this makes her feel. We are working through her fear of the dark and have found success with many approaches (night lights, reassuring stories, etc.) which has really helped her peace of mind as...READ MORE

We have all heard about someone getting scammed or conned out of money. We used to be wary of our wallets and pick pockets, but now the big money is in phone calls, identity theft, and cyber criminals. This term Con Man or Con Artist goes back to 1821 to a man named Samuel Thompson. Con is actually short for Confidence Man. The people doing these cons use their confidence to diminish the amount of doubt you have about what they are trying to do. A good example of this would be the IRS...READ MORE