Financial Education

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In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, the American Bankers Association is offering tips to help protect older Americans from financial abuse. According to a 2011 MetLife study, elders throughout the United States lose more than $2.9 billion annually due to financial abuse.

"Elderly Americans are increasingly becoming targets for financial exploitation," said Frank Keating, president and CEO of the American Bankers Association. "It is critical that both banks and customers know the warning signs and take precautionary measures to protect seniors and their bank accounts."

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Money management is one of the most important life lessons for keiki. Once a child is old enough to count, he or she is old enough to learn money essentials. Without a fundamental understanding of a dollar's value, children may face financial and emotional challenges in their adult lives. How do we teach smart money habits in a meaningful, fun way? Start with the basics: earning, saving, spending and giving. Hawaii National Bank has compiled a smart money management guide that gives both kids and adults an easy-to-use roadmap to financial success.

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Hawaii Business Magazine's readers ask our financing expert, Dennis Wong, senior vice president and Oahu regional manager of Hawaii National Bank, about the loan options available to small businesses.

Question:
I'm in the early stages of growing my small business. What are my best loan options if I have limited qualifications for financing?

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