From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, honoring the contributions of Hispanic Americans. This celebration was initiated by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week. Twenty years later, President Ronald Reagan expanded the celebration to a whole month to include the independence days of numerous Latin American countries.… Read More


Team Ascentra had a blast spending the day – and night – at the biggest fiesta in the region: Viva Quad Cities! On Saturday, Sept. 7th thousands came through to this wonderful event that celebrated its 25th anniversary of culture, music, dance, food and raising funds for scholarships. Jumpin’ George was on hand to pose… Read More


Ascentra Credit Union has been selected by The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (FHLB Des Moines) as one of seven competing for $15,000 to use to further promote economic development opportunities in their community.   Ascentra Credit Union has partnered with Diversity Service Center of Iowa (DSCI) to apply for the Strong Communities… Read More


The most valuable asset to you and your family is YOU. Make sure you have the right protection.  Check out this short, educational video as we talk about life insurance on this edition of Ascentra Making Cents.  To see more videos of our monthly financial education segments like this one, head to our YouTube channel. Avoid financial… Read More


It’s time to start thinking about your year-end money strategy.  Christmas and New Year’s are closer than you think.  Use the following strategies to make the rest of the year count. 1.  Clean out your closet.  Ever feel tempted to head to the mall and buy new clothes because you just have *nothing* to wear? … Read More


It’s a frustrating contradiction:  You can’t qualify for credit without a credit history—and you can’t build a credit history without borrowing. Borrowing is the most common way to build a credit history, but it’s not your only option.  Use these tactics to demonstrate to borrowers that you’re a reliable credit risk: Put services such as… Read More


Money might be tight when you’re in college, but it’s not impossible to find ways to save. Here are some simple ideas. Budget It’s smart to create a spending plan so you know where and how you’re spending your money. If you don’t know where your money is going, it’s impossible to know what to… Read More


Do you know your net worth?  Or how much you spend each month, and on what?  Or how much you can expect from your pension plan or Social Security in retirement? A majority of the population will answer “no,” saying they’ve been too busy with life to get a handle on their finances. Fortunately, there’s… Read More


BETTENDORF, IOWA – The Ascentra Credit Union Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2018 Leadership Grants.  This summer, the foundation awarded a total of $20,000 to 31 different organizations and charities throughout the region. These efforts stem from the credit union’s People-Helping-People philosophy and encouragement of staff to volunteer and give back to the… Read More


How important is APR? Is it the same thing as interest rates? Understanding APR can get a little confusing. Check out this short, educational video as we talk about annual percentage rates on this edition of Ascentra Making Cents.  To see more videos of our monthly financial education segments like this one, head to our YouTube channel. When… Read More