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MutualBank Closes on Acquisition of Fort Wayne Mortgage Company

Published Friday, August 1, 2014 8:00 am by MutualBank

 

MUNCIE, INDIANA – (NASDAQ:MFSF) MutualBank is pleased to announce that it has closed on its acquisition of Summit Mortgage, Inc., a mortgage banking company headquartered in Fort Wayne,Indiana. The transaction has received all regulatory approvals and is expected to close in August 2014. Summit Mortgage has been serving Fort Wayne and the surrounding communities for nearly twenty years. They excel in conventional, construction, FHA and Veteran lending as well as no PMI programming and USDA Rural Development lending. They have a strong reputation as being honest and knowledgeable.Summit Mortgage is a part of the Indiana Mortgage Bankers Association, the Better Business Bureau, Fort Wayne Area Association of Realtors and Home Builders Association.

“The team at Summit Mortgage, led by Shawn McArdle and Vicki Reed, has built an incredible business over the last twenty years,” says Pat Botts, President and COO of MutualBank. “By welcoming Summit’s staff to the MutualBank team, we hope to expand the offerings to Summit’s customers. Being backed by a financial institution gives Summit’s customers alternatives and possibilities beyond the current solutions.” McArdle and Reed will continue to manage Summit Mortgage as President and Vice President, respectively.

“We look forward to the positive results of our partnership with MutualBank,” President and Loan Originator at Summit Mortgage, Shawn McArdle says. “We appreciate the investment MutualBank is making in Summit Mortgage. We look forward to a more comprehensive array of products and services as we continue to provide excellent care for our customers in Northeastern Indiana and Southern Michigan.”

Beasley & Gilkison, LLP provided legal representation to MutualBank in the transaction and Summit Mortgage, Inc. was represented by Barrett & McNagny, LLP.

MutualFirst Financial, Inc. is the parent company of MutualBank, an Indiana-based financial institution. The company has thirty full-service retail financial centers in Delaware, Elkhart, Grant, Kosciusko, Randolph, St. Joseph and Wabash Counties in Indiana. MutualBank also has two offices located in Carmel and Crawfordsville, Indiana specializing in wealth management and trust services and a loan origination office in New Buffalo, Michigan. MutualBank is a leading mortgage lender in each of the market areas it serves, and provides a full range of financial services including business banking, wealth management, trust services, investments and internet banking services. The Company’s stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol “MFSF” and can be found online at www.bankwithmutual.com.

Contact: Pat Botts, President and COO
Phone Number: 765-747-2900

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5 Easy Tips to Make Secure Online Purchases

Purchasing holiday gifts online curled up under a blanket and sipping hot chocolate sure beats braving the elements and shopping crowds sometimes.

But with the added convenience of online shopping comes some increased risk of valuable information being stolen, such as credit card numbers or your account log in information for online retailers.

With the holiday season and Cyber Monday upon us, here are 5 easy tips to keep in mind when making any online purchase:

1. Make sure the device you are using is secure.

Use an antivirus program that is set to automatically update. It is also a best practice to install all the latest updates of your operating system as well as updates to all programs you have installed. Apple, Microsoft, and other software providers regularly release updates to protect against all types of security risks.

2. Make sure the wireless network you’re on is secure.

Many public wireless networks offered by businesses, while convenient, are not always the most secure. When making a purchase online, make sure the network you are on is using some sort of security measure that requires you to enter a password to connect. The latest and most secure wireless network encryption is WPA2-CCMP. If the network is not secured, it’s best to purchase online from a secured network.

3. Make sure the retailer’s website is secure.

When shopping online, always look in the address bar for https:// at the beginning of a web address. The “s” used in “https” signifies an encrypted connection from your computer to the company’s webserver. This is used to pass sensitive data between the two devices and prevents criminals from snooping the contents of the information sent (credit card number, SSN, etc.).

4. Use strong and unique passwords.

If you’re like the majority of individuals, you probably have 2-3 passwords that you use for all of your online accounts. While these are easy to remember, this isn’t a best practice. If someone discovers your password(s), they now have access to many of your important accounts. We instead recommend using unique and strong passwords for all your online retailer accounts. Strong passwords generally contain a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters (!, #, *, etc.).

5. Watch for phishing emails.

During the holiday season, the amount of phishing emails sent out increases as many criminals seek to falsely represent retailers. If an email looks suspicious or asks for your account information, do not open it or click on any links inside of it. Additionally, the majority of retailers will never include attachments in their emails but phishing emails sometimes do so don’t open any suspicious attachments.

Stay warm and stay safe this holiday season!

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