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4 Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid

Whichever stage of life you’re in, you need an estate plan. It can be short and simple or longer and more complex, depending on your situation. Avoid making these four important estate planning mistakes:   1. Not having an estate plan This is the cardinal sin of the estate planning process. Not having an estate … Continued

6 Home Improvements With The Best ROI

Your home is likely the biggest financial investment that you will ever make in your lifetime, so why not get the most out of it that you can? With property prices at an all-time high, looking for ways to boost the value even further can see you making even more return on your investment. Almost … Continued

Creating a Home Buying Budget

Whether you’re shopping for your first home or your next one, it’s important to establish a budget before you start looking. By the end of 2021, the median home price in the U.S. was just over $400,000. In Virginia it’s $348,835 and in North Carolina, $282,312. Of course, you may be looking at a budget … Continued

Meet Your Financial Goals in 2022

We’re Here For Your Financial Resolutions According to Fidelity’s Financial Resolutions survey, saving more money was the number one ranked 2022 resolution for respondents. There are many reasons why people want to save money. Some look forward to purchasing big ticket items such as a new car, a vacation, or even a down payment on … Continued

A New Parent’s Guide to Finances

Having a baby changes every aspect of your life, including your finances. In this article, we share eight tips for successfully navigating your finances as a new parent.     1. Add your baby to your budget The Economic Policy Institute’s Family Budget Calculator is a neat tool for estimating community-specific costs for a variety … Continued

The Newlyweds’ Guide to Financial Planning

Back from your honeymoon and ready to tackle the financial aspect of your new shared life? Congratulations on your new marriage! At American National Bank, we’ve been helping new couples find their financial footing since 1909. In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about discussing, planning, and taking steps toward your financial … Continued

How to Prepare for Unexpected Expenses & Emergencies

Sometimes everything falls into place. Your job, family, and finances are all in order and life is good. That’s when the unexpected strikes. In the blink of an eye, a surprise medical bill, car repair, or appliance failure sets you back hundreds if not thousands of dollars. A sudden blow to your budget can affect … Continued

Back to School: Building Good Financial Habits in Kids

Teaching your child or children about money can be challenging. Whatever your own attitudes toward personal finance may be, you can’t expect kids to learn good financial habits on their own. Research shows that you, the parent, are the most important influence on your child’s financial habits. And many of those habits are developed by … Continued

What You Need to Know About Our New Digital Banking Platform

On September 22, 2021, our online and mobile banking platforms were upgraded to an improved digital banking experience with more convenience, added security, and many new features. In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know to get the most out of your new digital banking platforms.   Increased Organization & Personalization Our … Continued

6 Essential Retirement Planning Tips

What’s your plan for retirement? If the answer is “I don’t know” or “I haven’t thought about it,” we can help! At American National Bank & Trust Company, we believe being local is more than just having an office in the community. It’s about looking out for our customers with better banking options and quick, … Continued