Investing in Women Event April 13 in Lawton, Okla.

Tuesday, February 21 at 06:35 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank is excited to announce its second meeting of the continually growing Investing in Women lecture series luncheons in 2017! The next meeting is Thursday, April 13 in the auditorium of building 100 on the Great Plains Technology Center campus in Lawton, Okla.!

The keynote speaker will be Carole Maxfield, a licensed professional counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist at Christian Family Counseling Center in Lawton. She’ll be discussing “What Are You Made Of? Leading From My Strengths” noon - 1 p.m. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

A $5 donation to support Christian Family Counseling Center is greatly appreciated but not necessary.

Register online* or contact Michelle Douglas at or (580) 250-5551. 

For more information, contact Angela Spradlin at or (580) 250-4540.

Be sure to watch for more information about the rest of our meetings in 2017!
Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.   

Tags: Community Support, Lawton, Oklahoma

Friday Financial Forum Feb. 24 in Bartlesville, Okla.

Tuesday, February 21 at 05:10 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Join us Friday, Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. for our Friday Financial Forum. We will meet at the Friday Forum Room at Arvest's East Side Branch, located at 4225 S.E. Adams Rd. in Bartlesville, Okla.*

This week’s featured speaker is Thomas Lott, one of the University of Oklahoma’s most celebrated alums. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Thomas was a decorated multisport high school athlete who was recognized as a Parade All-American quarterback. After earning a scholarship to the University of Oklahoma, in addition to being a member of the 1975 national championship team, he was the starting quarterback at OU for three years, 1976 to 1978, during which the Sooners won three conference championships and Thomas was a two-time all-conference selection. 

Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals, Thomas spent several years on the professional level. In 2006 Thomas was inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2010 he was honored as an inductee into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame.

Following his football career, Thomas successfully transitioned into coach and leader in the community. He has coached multiple sports including football, baseball, basketball and track at all levels from youth to semi-pro. Thomas has also trained athletes for nearly thirty years, having helped many student-athletes earn FBS and Division 1 scholarships. 

Thomas resides in Oklahoma City with his wife, Beth, where he continues to coach and train athletes. He has recently authored a book, Getting in the Game: A Parent’s Guide to Raising an Athlete. Thomas is a weekly sports radio guest with James Hale on KREF 1400 and internet and cable T.V. personality where he co-hosts Coaches Cabana (* and Cox Communications channel 1333) with coach Barry Switzer and Mark Rogers. 

What you can also expect at the event:

  • Information: Community leaders share topical, local and state information (Sen. Julie Daniels, Rep. Earl Sears & Rep. Travis Dunlap) 
  • Stock Report and Economic Update: Josh Randolph**, Arvest Wealth Management, and Sonya Reed**, Arvest Wealth Management
  • News: "The Scoop"  all about business and community happenings in Bartlesville (Billie Roane, Arvest Bank) 
  • Hilarious Anecdotes: Jim Bohnsack, Arvest Bank

Invite a friend and come enjoy delicious homemade cookies and hear about what’s going on in the Bartlesville area!   

If you have any questions or would like to be included on the invitation email list, please contact Billie Roane at (918) 337-4358. We look forward to seeing you there!

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

**Josh Randolph Oklahoma Insurance License #122041 and Sonya Reed Oklahoma Insurance License # 111796

Tags: Bartlesville, Community Support, Oklahoma

Smart Things to Do with Your Tax Return

Monday, February 20 at 10:15 AM
Category: Personal Finance

What's not to love about receiving money? It's why millions and millions of people play the lottery each year. And while most won't be lucky enough to win the jackpot, they may very well receive money in a far more common way — getting a tax refund.

For some Americans, tax time is a time of excitement as they wait for a check in the mail or an electronic bank account deposit from Uncle Sam due to overpayment of taxes. Because this money is often considered extra money, many people will use the funds to splurge — maybe take a vacation or install a big screen TV. But while those may be considered fun purchases, the excitement of having them often wears off pretty quickly.
If, however, you use your refund wisely, you can take advantage of long-lasting benefits. Here are some great suggestions for putting your tax refund to work all year long:
  • Build an emergency fund. Many people live paycheck to paycheck. That makes managing unexpected expenses, such as car or home repairs difficult to manage. One way to protect yourself from unexpected expenses or losses in income is to have an emergency fund in a liquid savings account.
  • Reduce debt. Do you have higher-interest credit card, auto loan or other debt? Consider using your tax return to pay down your debt. It's always wise to pay off the highest-interest debt first.
  • Make home improvements. Does your home need new windows or a new roof? Consider using your tax return money to finance these important home improvements which can add value to your home.
  • Make an energy-efficient purchase. Use your refund to purchase energy-efficient appliances, such as a dishwasher, dryer or refrigerator, which can save you money all year long.
  • Start a college savings plan. If you have children, consider using the funds to open an Education IRA or 529 college savings plan. Once you open the plan, arrange to invest in the fund on an ongoing a basis. Even a small amount of money each month will add up over time.
  • Save for retirement. If you don't have a retirement plan through your employer, consider opening an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) with your refund check. Be sure to check with your tax advisor first.
  • Pre-pay your mortgage. If you want to reduce the term of your loan and the amount of interest you will pay over the life of the loan, consider putting the funds from your tax return down on the principal of your mortgage.
The decision on how to best use your tax return depends on your unique financial situation. However, if you choose any of the options above, you're sure to win.

Tags: Financial Education, Tax

Arvest Open Presidents Day

Friday, February 17 at 03:40 PM
Category: Arvest News

Come get your Washingtons, Lincolns, Jacksons and Grants! All Arvest branches will be open normal hours on Presidents Day – Monday, Feb. 20 – to best serve your banking needs.

For your convenience you can bank 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using:

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

Tags: Holiday Hours

Updates Coming Soon to Online Banking with BlueIQ™

Friday, February 17 at 11:55 AM
Category: Arvest News
Based on your valuable feedback, we’ll soon release the following updates to Online Banking with BlueIQ™. 

-- Dashboard
  • Ability to choose which account(s) and transactions show on the Dashboard
  • Online accounts requiring updates are indicated on the Dashboard
-- Alerts
  • All alerts will be displayed under Settings and then Alerts 
  • Ability to edit, and in some cases disable, automatically generated alerts 
-- Online Accounts – Ability to add multiple login IDs from the same financial institution to see balances and transactions under a single ID 
-- Print optimization – Selecting “print” will always open the image in a new window for easy printing or saving 
-- Spinner icon to indicate account or payment information is updating 
-- Online Banking with BlueIQ™ will be fully optimized for mobile phone screens 

If you have questions or feedback about these updates or any other features of Online Banking with BlueIQ™, please call customer service at (844) 225-8347 or visit your local branch.

We’re continually looking for ways to enhance your online banking experience. We expect to roll out additional updates later in 2017. We’ll let you know on social media and/or within Online Banking with BlueIQ™ when additional updates are live. Thanks for your valuable feedback, so we can optimize your online banking experience.
Tags: Online Banking with BlueIQ™

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