You’re in a financial bind and need some quick cash. You’ve seen payday loan stores all over town and think “Maybe I should try that…” Don’t fall into that trap! Getting a loan with a payday lender could send you down a deep hole that may take years to get out of. Here’s how payday… Read More

Are you looking forward to the summer? Maybe planning a vacation, but not sure how you’ll afford it? Here are a few ways to help you save and earn extra money so you can enjoy some summer fun. One way is to automate saving by diverting a portion of your salary into a savings account.… Read More

If you thought you couldn’t join Ascentra Credit Union, think again. Our credit union has a community charter, which means anyone living or working in this community can join our credit union. You might already know that there are many benefits to being a credit union member–such as low fees and loan rates, excellent member… Read More

After the Iowa Senate passed a budget bill that would raise taxes on credit unions and provide a 48 percent tax cut to banks in Iowa, Ascentra and other credit unions from the Quad Cities region packed a bus with about 40 advocates destined for Des Moines to speak with lawmakers.  Upon arriving at the… Read More

Congratulations to all the Bettendorf first graders who completed the Booker Bear Reading Challenge!  This year, 292 Bettendorf first graders met the challenge by reading ten books in one month– awesome job first graders!  Students along with their families were treated to a pizza party at the Bettendorf Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 24th where each student was awarded with a certificate… Read More

The snow didn’t stop our little readers from coming out to celebrate their reading efforts for the Scottie Reads Reading Challenge Saturday, Feb. 10th!  This is the 9th year for the Scottie Reads program, challenging all of the North Scott first graders to read 10 books in one month. This year, 193 North Scott first graders completed the… Read More

The average tax refund is more than $2,000.  While it may seem pretty awesome to get that big check in the mail, it’s actually an indication that you may be overwithholding. Overwitholding means you’re having your employer take out too many taxes from your paycheck, essentially giving the federal government an interest-free loan for the… Read More

It is agreed that the earlier you start saving for retirement, the better. The big question on the minds of many savers, however, is: “How am I doing?” This article will show you some rough milestones to try and reach. (Keep in mind that you may need to save more or less than these amounts… Read More