Category Archives: News and Events

Aaron Schaefer

Jul 02 2015

June’s Economy and Market from Here…at Hills


The Economy and Market from Here...at Hills.

Waiting on the Fed… Stock and bond markets were focused on the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) for most of the second quarter. Investors continue to wonder when the first interest rate hike will occur. Consensus estimates believe it will …
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Aaron Schaefer

Jun 30 2015

Greece: Containment More Likely Than Contagion


Overview The Greek government threw a wrench into official negotiations by calling a referendum on bailout conditions. As a result, the likelihood of Greece having to leave the Eurozone has increased, boosting market volatility. Whatever the outcome, it is likely …
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Dwight Seegmiller

Apr 27 2015

Blue Zones Worksites Dedication Helps Make Hills Bank a Healthier Place to Work


hills bank blue zones designated worksite

At Hills Bank, we know our employees are one of our greatest assets. When our employees are healthy and having fun, we believe our overall workplace environment is improved and will become more efficient. We are proud to be designated …
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Aaron Schaefer

Apr 08 2015

April’s Economy and Market from Here… at Hills


The Economy and Market from Here...at Hills.

A general easing of global monetary policy continued amid persistent declining inflation and sluggish economic progress. Eurozone finance ministers reached a temporary resolution on a Greek aid program, with the granting of a four-month extension in late February following the …
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Ken Hinrichs

Apr 06 2015

What to Know About Apple Pay


What to Know About Apple Pay

Apple released Apple Pay in October of 2014 creating a lot of excitement about the new service. Apple Pay is a mobile payment and digital wallet service that enables Apple users to make payments using their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple …
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Dave Kriz

Mar 31 2015

Ag Month Wrap-up


Join us in Celebrating Ag Month this March!

As Hills Bank Ag Month comes to a close, we want to thank all who helped us celebrate agriculture, spring, and life’s new beginnings. Agriculture is intertwined with our history, heritage, and values, and remains an important part of our culture …
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Dave Kriz

Mar 02 2015

Join us in Celebrating Ag Month this March!


Join us in Celebrating Ag Month this March!

Agriculture is intertwined with our history, heritage, and values, and remains an important part of our culture today. That’s why we have created an annual tradition every March to celebrate spring and agriculture with Ag Month events. We hatch baby …
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Aaron Schaefer

Jan 05 2015

January’s Economy and Market from Here… at Hills


Economy and Market Here at Hills

Stock prices in the U.S. continued their climb to record highs during the quarter, but not without volatility. In early October, the S&P 500 Index experienced its second correction of 5% or more this year, nearly reaching 10% in intraday …
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Brenda Langenberg

Nov 10 2014

Tips to Save on Grocery Bills During the Holidays


Protect Yourself While Holiday Shopping

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner for a party of 10 is near $50. If you are not shopping mindfully, that can be a big chunk of your holiday budget. Below are some …
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Aaron Schaefer

Oct 14 2014

Volatility in the Markets


Market Volatility Update

The lack of volatility and the run-up of the S&P 500 over the last year and a half has created a false sense of security regarding normal market behavior. Despite seeing the second 5% correction in the S&P 500 this …
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