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Money matters: Survey finds parents teaching dollars and sense, but the curriculum may be thin
August 24, 2016

Langley, B.C.—As kids across B.C. get set to head back to the halls of learning in September, their parents are striving to teach them a thing or two about money. A First West Credit Union-commissioned survey on parents’ beliefs and behaviours toward the financial literacy of their children found that 80 per cent of parents in British Columbia believe they bear the responsibility for teaching their kids about money.

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Parents lack resources, confidence to teach their kids about personal finances, survey says
August 23, 2016

Langley, B.C.—As children head back to school, a First West Credit Union survey reveals less than 25 per cent of parents are extremely confident when it comes to teaching their kids about money.

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Envision Financial community crew set to make huge impact for local non-profits
July 12, 2016

Langley, B.C.—It’s not uncommon to see teams of youth representing local organizations at summer events throughout our community. What is unusual, is when those teams also volunteer at local non-profits for eight hours a week as a way of giving back and growing their leadership skills while attaining valuable work experience.

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Applications now open for unique development opportunity for local non-profit agencies
July 6, 2016

Langley, B.C.—This fall, three local non-profit agencies stand to benefit from a unique partnership between Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, and Douglas College.

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Will Brexit affect your investments? Local expert weighs in
June 27, 2016

Langley, B.C.—Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has thrown the economy into a tailspin: global stocks are plummeting, the pound fell to its lowest rate in three decades and safer investments such as gold have seen big increases.

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Local charities to get $380,000 lift from Envision Financial Community Endowment
June 23, 2016

Langley, B.C.—This week the Foundation announced 33 community organizations will receive more than $381,000 in funding from its Envision Financial Community Endowment.

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Off-road vehicle owners could face bumpy ride
June 16, 2016

Langley, B.C.—Expert reminds off-road vehicle owners to abide by new registration laws to avoid costly penalties.

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Insurance policy options may be leaving boat-owners’ under-insured, says expert
June 8, 2016

Langley, B.C.—If you’re among those preparing your boat for the season or are in the market to buy a pleasure-craft, purchasing insurance is probably on your to-do list, however; educating yourself on the types of insurance available probably hasn’t crossed your mind. Envision Insurance, a division of First West Insurance Services Ltd., is urging you to ensure you understand the ins and outs of your policy.

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Celebrate Tax Freedom Day with simple tips to offset your tax burden
June 7, 2016

Langley, B.C.—Today the typical family living in B.C. will start working for themselves and stop paying the government. According to the Fraser Institute, the average family in B.C. spends five months’ worth of income every year to pay for all of their federal, provincial and municipal taxes. That’s the equivalent of handing every pay cheque from January to early June over to the government.

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Career milestone for Surrey banker
June 6, 2016

Langley, B.C.—Surrey’s Tarlochan “Tochi” Sandhu is celebrating 15 years of service with Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union. Sandhu, a veritable banking legend, is also an international field hockey star, recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and model citizen.

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Managing the timing mismatch when buying and selling a home
May 30, 2016

Langley, B.C.—As the real estate frenzy continues at record breaking pace across the Lower Mainland, buyers and sellers are increasingly looking at how they can make the hot housing market work in their favour.

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Envision Financial introduces the next generation of online banking
May 19, 2016

Langley, B.C.—On May 11, Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, launched the next generation of its online banking platform featuring personal financial management tools to members. First West is the first credit union in B.C. to bring this enhanced functionality to its members.

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Dream home can go down the drain fast if buyers not prepared, says expert
May 17, 2016

Langley, B.C.—With stories of bidding wars and offers $100,000 over asking price circulating the water cooler, there’s no denying the Lower Mainland real estate market is red hot. Such fierce competition means potential buyers can’t afford to be ill prepared when making an offer.

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Fort McMurray fire should prompt Lower Mainland residents to review home insurance coverage
May 12, 2016

Langley, B.C.—With the devastating Fort McMurray fire top-of-mind for all Canadians, homeowners should spend some time this week reviewing their own home insurance policies.

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The Full Cupboard receives $10,000 community empowerment grant
May 10, 2016

Langley, B.C.—Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, recently received a $10,000 donation through Concentra’s emPOWERING Your Communities campaign for its innovative community program, The Full Cupboard.

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Soaring prices of B.C. homes may be leaving homeowners under-insured
May 4, 2016

Langley, B.C.—In the midst of a red hot real estate market and soaring prices of Lower Mainland properties, homeowners may be unknowingly at risk of being under-insured if their coverage fails to keep pace with increasing home values.

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Residents shred thousands of pounds, raise more than $2,300 for local food banks
April 26, 2016

Langley, B.C.—This past Saturday over 3,250 kilograms of confidential documents were sliced and diced at the annual Shred It and Forget It! event, hosted by Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, and its community partners.

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Majority of British Columbians likely not ready for significant seismic event
April 22, 2016

Langley, B.C.—According to the most recent data on consumer attitudes toward earthquake risk, more than two-thirds of British Columbians don’t have earthquake insurance—or don’t know if they do.

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Envision Financial combats identify theft by hosting popular annual event on Apr. 23 in Cloverdale
April 13, 2016

Langley, B.C.—Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country. According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, identity theft costs Canadians more than $10 million in 2015. In an effort to help consumers protect themselves against identity theft, Envision Financial is host a shredding event in Surrey on Apr. 23.

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Record home sales part of larger financial discussion, says local expert
April 11, 2016

Langley, B.C.—Last week the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) reported that March was its busiest in history with 3,006 home sales—the highest number of sales ever reported in one month. The month was also marked by a 26 per cent increase in the benchmark price of a Fraser Valley single family detached home, up to $741,000 compared to $588,500 in March 2015.

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The Full Cupboard spurs $113,000 gift to food banks
April 5, 2016

Langley, B.C.—More than 24,000 pounds of locally-raised, organic free-range chicken are headed to local food banks courtesy of a longtime Fraser Valley organic farmer.

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Students to provide expertise to three local non-profits
April 1, 2016

Langley, B.C.—In partnership with Envision Financial, Douglas College is offering three local non-profit organizations the chance to have a dedicated team of marketing students research and create strategies to overcome some of their biggest challenges.

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Workers could be under-insured for work-related travel
March 31, 2016

Langley, B.C.—If you are among the increasing number of Canadians who regularly hits the road for work, you may have a gap in your vehicle insurance coverage.

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Small business scams increasingly sophisticated but preventable, says security expert
March 29, 2016

Langley, B.C.—Cyber scams cost the average Canadian small business $6,200 dollars last year, according to a report released by the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses. Over the past 12 months, 20 per cent of small businesses fell victim to at least one form of fraud.

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Increase in electronic payments means higher expenses for businesses
March 23, 2016

Langley, B.C.—Business owners are facing rising expenses as more consumers are choosing to pay with plastic.

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Fraudsters still getting the best of Canadians, to the tune of $60 million
March 22, 2016

Langley, B.C.—Each year, thousands of Canadians are victims of fraud and identity theft. The most recent statistics from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre show that fraudsters victimized almost 14,000 Canadians, who lost over $61 million dollars in 2015.

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Beware increased social media security risks, says local IT expert
March 16, 2016

Langley, B.C.—Last month’s report of a Newfoundland woman whose Tim Hortons’ RRRoll Up The Rim to Win prize was stolen after she posted a photo of her winning cup on Facebook is a reminder that you don’t really know who your “friends” are on social media.

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It pays to shop around
March 1, 2016

Langley, B.C.—Not all insurance policies provide the same level of coverage so it’s important to shop around and be sure you’re comparing apples to apples.

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Still time to easily lower that tax bill
February 26, 2016

Langley, B.C.—Though the RSP contribution deadline for the 2015 tax year is just around the corner, there’s still a window of opportunity for British Columbians to invest and cut their tax bill, says a local retirement planning expert.

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Education savings grant to include 40,000 more children
February 23, 2016

Langley, B.C.—Yesterday, the provincial government expanded the B.C. Training and Education Savings Grant (BCTESG) to include children born in 2006 and in the process extended the $1,200 education grant to 40,000 more eligible British Columbian kids.

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Coming out on top during a market downturn
February 16, 2016

Langley, B.C.—It’s hard to ignore the financial headlines declaring 2016 to be the worst ever start to a year for the stock market. Plummeting prices have been worrisome for many investors and have left them wondering what they should do when there’s a sharp downturn in the markets.

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Creating a shared vision for retirement
February 11, 2016

Langley, B.C.—A visit to any financial institution during the first two months of the year is filled with reminders that it’s investment season. This means many British Columbians are making appointments with their financial institution, reviewing investment plans and re-committing to their financial goals.

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