More and more of our home devices – including thermostats, door locks, coffee machines, and smoke alarms – are now connected to the Internet.  This enables us to control our devices on our smartphones, no matter our location, which can in turn save us time and money while providing convenience and even safety.  These advances in technology are innovative… Read More


Paying for college or trade school usually means taking on large amounts of student loan debt.  To help, the Ascentra Credit Union Scholarship Competition is providing opportunities for members to offset the ever-increasing cost of higher education. Paying for college or trade school usually means taking on large amounts of student loan debt.   To… Read More


The bad news is that there’s a good chance your personal information was stolen during the massive data hack of Equifax, one of America’s three largest credit reporting agency. The thieves stole the social security numbers, dates of birth, names and addresses of 143 million Americans—that’s about 60 percent of the adult population of the… Read More


A loud roar of excitement filled the River Center in Davenport as roughly 900 students from grades 3 to 6 cheered in preparation for a day of engaging conversations with authors at the 2017 David R. Collins Children’s Literature Festival on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Students were treated to presentations from best-selling author Bruce Coville and… Read More


Halloween should be an exciting time of year for children and their parents, but too often the celebration devolves into tragedy. This season, make safety the top priority for your family.   Best Practices for Parents The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has compiled a list of Halloween best practices. Follow these… Read More


To con artists, down-on-their-luck relatives, or opportunistic acquaintances, they are gold mines. Individuals over the age of 50 control 70 percent of the country’s wealth, and seniors between the ages of 65 and 74, with an average net worth of $1.06 million, have more assets than any other age group.   “That’s where the money… Read More


The average annual cost of attending a four-year, in-state public university in 2014-2015 is $18,943, according to the College Board’s annual survey of colleges. That figure includes tuition, fees, room, and board. Even if you don’t consider inflation, this amounts to $75,772 for four years. Education is a valuable investment. But when budgets are tight,… Read More


Research shows that 1 in 20 Hispanics in America are unbanked, preferring to use a check-cashing service or buy a prepaid debit card instead of depositing their paychecks into a financial institution. Why? Many believe they don’t meet the requirements or have the identification needed for opening an account. Although using alternative financial providers may… Read More


While many banks and other lenders have stopped offering private student loans to focus on bigger, more profitable loan types, you still can depend on Ascentra Credit Union to help you pay for school. Credit unions have lower loan rates and provide more products and services for students, according to CBS Money Watch. While you… Read More


Most teenagers have big dreams. Some dream of owning a car, traveling, or starting a business. Many plan on attending college. All those dreams require cash. So how do you turn that dream into reality? Be a dream achiever and start saving your money. Think: $1.67 a day! If you’re 13 years old and you… Read More