The Holidays are stressful, but don’t worry! We’ve got the tips to help you handle the holiday hoopla!  Join us for “Ascentra’s Holiday Tips with Meg”.  In this video, we will give you the tips to help you budget, create a list and do your research for this shopping season. Head to our YouTube channel for more tips for… Read More


Congratulations to all the Moline-Coal Valley School District first graders who completed the Grrreat Tiger Tales Reading Challenge this year!  This is the 10th year for the reading program, challenging all of the Moline-Coal Valley first graders to read 10 books in one month. This year, over 400 first-graders met the challenge and were invited… Read More


  Worrying about money is natural. Almost everyone’s done it at some point. But worrying also could be a sign that there are serious problems you’re avoiding — a persistent little reminder that these problems are not going away. So if you’re finding yourself stressed about money this holiday season, there are a few ways… Read More


The holiday season is approaching and with that comes the biggest shopping days of the year, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. These high holy days for shoppers follow Thanksgiving each year. To make the most of these days, we offer you the following advice: 1. Make a budget and follow it. Know how much you can… Read More


Over 80% of consumers use the Internet to shop for cars. It’s a fast and convenient way to compare prices, models, reviews, and dealerships. If you’re in the market for a new car, we have a few tips for you: * Explore your choices. If you have an idea of what you want–a small SUV… Read More


  How hard do you work to take home a thousand dollars? That’s how much you might throw away if you trade in your old car rather than sell it yourself. Follow these tips and, if you’re lucky, you’ll keep that thousand rather than hand it to the dealership. 1. Clean your car top to… Read More


There is so much more to auto loan refinancing than your percentage rate. Learn more about how a refinance may be right for you by watching this short, educational video 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.… Read More