Main Street Iowa celebrated 30 years of downtown and commercial district revitalizations at their Annual Awards Ceremony in Des Moines on Friday, April 29. Approximately 450 people from the state’s 51 districts attended a celebration dinner and award presentations.   The honors were presented by Governor Terry E. Branstad and Debi Durham, Director of the… Read More


Ten area students are one step closer to achieving their academic goals.  Each earned $1,000 to help pay for their college costs as part of the Ascentra Credit Union Scholarship Competition.  The scholarship awards five $1,000 scholarships to high school students planning to enter college.  The other five $1,000 scholarships are given to members age… Read More


How Iowa Credit Unions Benefit the State Over the past 28 years, I have dedicated my career to improving the financial lives of people living and working in the Quad-City area. Early in my career, I worked for local community banks that merged into larger, national banks. In 1999, I started working for the credit… Read More


It’s important to stay calm when the markets aren’t.   Market volatility, especially dramatic sell-offs, are unsettling to most of us. Here are a few reassuring facts to help you keep a positive perspective and some precautions that may reduce your risks.   Things to remember: Historically, stocks have gone down faster than they have… Read More


If you’re lucky enough to be getting a tax refund this year, careful planning could help you do a lot. Reduce debt Make a credit card payment, more than the usual monthly payment. Pay off part of a student loan. Pay bills Pay part of your property tax bill. Ante up for school supplies and… Read More