Saturday, April 28th is Pay It Forward Day and we are celebrating with a month of giving! Inspired by the popular music video “God’s Plan” from Grammy award-winning artist Drake, throughout the past month, we have been busy surprising people in the community by buying groceries and coffee for unsuspecting shoppers, providing needed classroom supplies at a local school,… Read More


The River Bend Foodbank recently kicked off their Community Hunger Drive to raise awareness and end hunger in eastern Iowa and western Illinois.   On Presidents Day, we had our annual Ascending to Excellence training and team building day, but it wasn’t all work—together, we filled the Ascentra van full of non-perishable food items, racking… Read More


Ascentra is known for paying it forward in the region and wants to celebrate the upcoming International Pay it Forward Day on April 28 in a way that  inspires others to pay it forward themselves. Throughout the past few weeks, the Ascentra team has been busy surprising shoppers, teachers, students, and organizations from Clinton to… Read More


Thanks to shared branching, you are never far from your money when you need it!  Check out this short, educational video as we talk about shared branching 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. Shared branching is… Read More


CLINTON, IOWA – In the middle of winter, local news broke about a horrific scene of neglected and abused pit bulls in Clinton, Iowa that captivated the attention of many throughout the region.  The Clinton Humane Society took in the eight dogs right away and have been nursing them back to health, but the non-profit… Read More


We work our tails off saving for retirement, putting away as much as we can for years. It seems like we’ll never get to use any of the money— and then one day we actually retire. Now we’re faced with the dilemma of how much we can spend during retirement— how long will savings actually… Read More


If you’re trying to build credit or boost your credit score you might be wondering if there is an ideal number of credit cards to have.  The truth is there is no perfect number.  However, there are factors you should keep in mind when deciding how many credit cards to have. Your credit score is… Read More


Credit unions are having a moment—and that moment keeps begging bigger and longer.  Since the financial crisis of 2008, millions of Americans have switched from banks to credit unions. Now more than 106 million people in the U.S. use credit unions. Why?  Because credit unions are a better deal.  They offer better rates, fewer fees, and… Read More


Improve your financial fitness and manage your wealth. Get your finances in shape by taking these steps:   Bulk up your emergency fund.  Having a back-up fund may prevent you from having to tap or max out credit cards if your refrigerator dies or your car needs major repairs.   Improve your credit score.  Having a… Read More