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For more than three generations, Webster Bank has been committed to helping individuals, families and businesses achieve their financial goals. In that mission, Webster’s 3,000 bankers are guided by our core values, namely, to take personal responsibility for meeting our customers’ needs; to respect the dignity of every individual; to earn trust through ethical behavior; to give of ourselves to our communities; and to work together to achieve outstanding results. Over the years, our mission has evolved to serve communities in four states from Westchester County, N.Y., to Boston, Mass.; our vision has grown as Webster now ranks among the nation’s 35 largest banks; but our basic values still endure today. Those values took root in an 11-by-38 foot office in Waterbury, Conn in 1935 during the depths of the Great Depression. 24-year-old Harold Webster Smith borrowed $25,000 from family and friends and opened First Federal Savings of Waterbury to help his neighbors achieve the American Dream of owning a home. He served as CEO of his bank until 1987 and as chairman until 1995 when First Federal was renamed Webster Bank in his honor. In 2002, Webster listed its shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol WBS. Today, Webster is a full service commercial bank led by John Ciulla. With $19 billion in assets, Webster Bank provides consumer, business, government and institutional banking, as well as mortgage, financial planning, trust and investment services through Webster Private Bank. Webster has 165 branches and 310 ATMs and delivers superior customer service in person, on the phone, online, and through mobile devices. Webster Bank also does asset-based lending through Webster Business Credit Corporation, equipment financing through Webster Capital Finance, Inc., and provides health savings account trustee and administrative services through HSA Bank. Through the years, Webster has been an industry leader in many respects. During the 1940’s, First Federal became the first bank in Connecticut to issue GI Loans and the first in its area to make an FHA home improvement loan. It also is the leading SBA lender to small businesses, women and minority businesses and to veterans in its core market. Webster acquired HSA Bank in 2005 and with that became the largest bank administrator and trustee of health savings accounts in the nation. More recently, Webster has been lauded in print and on TV for how we have worked to keep families in their homes when they have encountered financial setbacks. Webster has modified more than $200 million, enabling more than 1,200 people to keep in their homes. Webster believes in helping our communities through philanthropy, sponsorships, community reinvestment and volunteer activities. Webster gives approximately $4 million in program support to more than 1,000 non-profit organizations across our footprint and our dedicated Webster bankers provide tens of thousands of hours of volunteer service – a testament to our spirit and our community’s growth. Webster’s commitment to community has been recognized through numerous awards including the United Way of Greater Waterbury’s Spirit of Excellence Award in 2012, the Power of Giving Award from Connecticut Public Broadcasting network in 2010, the Small Business Administration’s Veterans Champion in 2009 and its Excellence in Lending Award in 2007. Regardless of how large we grow, rest assured that Webster’s commitment remains the same. Webster’s culture is firmly rooted in our mission, vision, brand promise and values. We call it our Type W Personality.

Webster's Blog Articles

08/09/2018
Enhance your fun while you ease your stress. You’re ready for a vacation, but not quite ready for a detox from your devices. Relax: All sorts of travel apps and technology are here to smooth your path, every step of the way. [. . .]
07/11/2018
The song says “Love’s more comfortable the second time around.” But not necessarily when it comes to finances. Older couples marrying face their own set of questions and challenges about merging their lives—and their money. And by “older,” we’re talking about ages 40+: young at heart, but old enough to have accumulated assets. You’ve each also accumulated a life’s worth of habits and opinions about spending, budgeting and saving—and they can rub each other the wrong way... [. . .]
06/18/2018
First home? New home? Dream home? How tax reform may — or may not — affect your next move. If you’re confused about how the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act could affect your home financing plans, you’re definitely not alone. Lots of first-time and new-home buyers have been asking whether they can still deduct the interest they pay on their mortgage. And many of those dreaming of major home improvements want to know if a home equity line of credit (HELOC) or home equity loan still offers a tax-advantaged way to turn their dreams into reality. The short answer to both of those questions is still yes — as long as you meet certain qualifications. [. . .]
first time home buying
05/24/2018
As “For Sale” signs pop up like crocuses, the home-buying season bursts into full bloom. But too often, mortgage myths dissuade potential first-time home buyers from taking that step from renting to owning. Don’t let these six misconceptions stop you from moving forward. [. . .]

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