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Visa Teams Up with Marvel to Offer Financial Education through "Guardian" Comic Book

Public Library Association to make the "Guardians of the Galaxy: Rocket's Powerful Plan" comic book available to public libraries first


Visa Inc. and Marvel Custom Solutions have announced the release of a new educational comic book that teaches readers of all ages about personal finance. The new comic, Guardians of the Galaxy: Rocket's Powerful Plan, was released in conjunction with Free Comic Book Day. It combines Marvel's iconic super heroes with Visa's financial literacy expertise to introduce readers to fundamental money management concepts. Visa Inc. is also partnering with the Public Library Association (PLA) to make the new Marvel comic book available at public libraries nationwide.


"At Visa we believe that financial education is most effective when the public and private sectors work together," said Hugh Norton, Head of U.S. Financial Education, Visa Inc. "Our partnership with Marvel and the Public Library Association allows us to make financial education entertaining and engaging, while also offering educators a resource that introduces basic money management concepts to the classroom."


Guardians of the Galaxy: Rocket's Powerful Plan is available through Practical Money Skills for Life, a free, award-winning, teacher-tested and approved financial education program by Visa. The program was launched in 1995 and is now available in 16 languages across 42 countries.


"Working on this comic was a unique opportunity that enabled us to introduce core concepts about finance and savings using the Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man in a fun, action-packed story," Darren Sanchez, Marvel Custom Solutions Editor, said.

Changes May Be Coming to Consumer Credit Reporting

How consumers’ credit data is reported, recorded, and used by credit reporting agencies could significantly change if a newly introduced bill by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), that contains significant changes to the current credit reporting process, such as decreasing the time adverse credit information stays on a consumer’s credit reports to four years, and requiring the removal of paid and settled debts within 45 days, passes Congress. For more information, click here.

Breaking News

Graduate School of Banking-Madison Enrollment Deadline is June 15

Space is Limited

Incoming enrollment for the Graduate School of Banking at UW-Madison remains extremely robust; for the fourth consecutive year the school anticipates more than 200 students will begin the program this summer. The application deadline for the 2016 session, which begins July 31, is June 15. Individuals planning to participate in 2016 are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure a place in class as space is limited. Information regarding online registration is available at gsb.org.


The Graduate School of Banking at UW-Madison offers a variety of exceptional residential programs designed to help bankers explore critical banking and leadership topics under the guidance of world-class faculty; and, to network with hundreds of colleagues. 2016 programs include:

  • Graduate School of Banking
    July 31-August 12
    Application deadline June 15
  • Bank Technology Security School October 23-28
    Application Deadline September 23
  • Financial Managers School
    September 18-23
    Application Deadline August 18


CB Financial Services

Remains a Top 200 Bank

Earns Spot in American Banker’s

Top 200 Publicly Traded Community Banks.

Pennsylvania-based CB Financial Services, Inc. has retained a spot in the American Banker’s top 200 publicly traded community banks. The comparison of the peer group of 684 banks nationwide measures banks as ranked by their return on average equity over three years. CB’s three year average return on equity is 9.30%.


CB Financial Services, Inc.  and its wholly owned subsidiary Community Bank was recognized as a top 200 publicly traded community bank for the second consecutive year.  Community Bank was ranked at 162 this year, moving up four spots from last year’s rank of 166.


Pat McCune, President & CEO of CB Financial Services, Inc. and Community Bank, said, “Community Bank continues to benefit from its recent merger with First Federal Savings Bank.  We have been busy spreading the good news about our outstanding, independent commercial bank.  We are proud of our consistent performance and exceptional personal service.”


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