Ever wonder how your credit score is figured out? There are many moving parts, this short video explains what helps and what hurts your credit. Check out this short, educational video as we talk about credit scores on this edition of Ascentra Making Cents.  To see more videos of our monthly financial education segments like this one,… Read More

Congratulations to all the Moline-Coal Valley School District first graders who completed this year’s Grrreat Tiger Tales Reading Challenge of reading ten books in one month! Students were invited to bring their family to a special presentation and pizza party at the Moline Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 5th, where they were given a certificate… Read More

In 1950 credit was a luxury not available to many. Buying a home or auto was very difficult to do. This moved a few dedicated individuals to organize and create a lending cooperative in the basement of the plant of its sponsor company, Arconic, which was know as the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) in… Read More

For many parents, it’s a relief when their kids get drivers’ licenses. They can cart themselves around, help transport siblings, and even pick up a few things from the grocery store. But the convenience of having an extra driver in the house comes at a cost; it’s a given that insurance premiums will increase. Young… Read More

Download the latest software versions. Updates often fix security flaws. If you have out-of-date software, you’re vulnerable. Create strong passwords. Mix numbers, letters—upper and lower case—and special characters, and make your password at least eight characters long. Use different passwords for different sites and services, or consider using a secure password manager to help keep… 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? Clean… Read More