The Holidays are stressful, but don’t worry! We’ve got the tips to help you handle the holiday hoopla!  Join us for “Ascentra’s Holiday Tips with Meg”.  In this video, we will give you the tips to help you get the most out of the biggest online shopping season. Head to our YouTube channel for more tips for the holidays!  … Read More


January is a good time to take stock of your personal finances. You can make positive changes to your spending and saving habits, whether it’s making a New Year’s resolution to get spending under control, figuring out how to save for a down payment on a house, or analyzing your investment portfolio. Many people, however,… Read More


It’s hard to put a price tag on the future. A trust helps ensure that your loved ones will be taken care of and can save you and your family from heartache down the road. A trust is a document that states the rules you want followed to distribute your assets to your beneficiaries and is managed… Read More


You can survive the season without suffering a fiscal holiday hangover. By examining the reasons for overspending, planning expenditures, and identifying what’s important to your family, you can rein in your spending and rediscover the joy of the holidays. Examine your motives. What fuels the gift-giving mania? Tradition strongly influences holiday spending habits. If your… Read More


How do you define wealth? The standard definition is wealth is “a large amount of money and possessions.” But consider this definition: wealth is the difference between what you are earning and what you are spending. Most of us want to be rich because we think it’ll make our financial problems will go away. Sadly,… Read More


The Holidays are stressful, but don’t worry! We’ve got the tips to help you handle the holiday hoopla!  Join us for “Ascentra’s Holiday Tips with Meg”.  In this video, we will give you the tips to help you budget, create a list and do your research for this shopping season. Head to our YouTube channel for more tips for… Read More


Congratulations to all the Moline-Coal Valley School District first graders who completed the Grrreat Tiger Tales Reading Challenge this year!  This is the 10th year for the reading program, challenging all of the Moline-Coal Valley first graders to read 10 books in one month. This year, over 400 first-graders met the challenge and were invited… Read More


  Worrying about money is natural. Almost everyone’s done it at some point. But worrying also could be a sign that there are serious problems you’re avoiding — a persistent little reminder that these problems are not going away. So if you’re finding yourself stressed about money this holiday season, there are a few ways… Read More


The holiday season is approaching and with that comes the biggest shopping days of the year, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. These high holy days for shoppers follow Thanksgiving each year. To make the most of these days, we offer you the following advice: 1. Make a budget and follow it. Know how much you can… Read More


Over 80% of consumers use the Internet to shop for cars. It’s a fast and convenient way to compare prices, models, reviews, and dealerships. If you’re in the market for a new car, we have a few tips for you: * Explore your choices. If you have an idea of what you want–a small SUV… Read More