One type of checking account does not fit all! Learn what you need to know before you set up your checking account by watching 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


If credit card payments are eating up your disposable income each month, or if you need cash to remodel your kitchen–or plan a fun family vacation–a home equity loan or home equity line of credit (HELOC) might be your best bet. There’s also a tax advantage. Unlike almost any other consumer loan type, the interest… Read More


It’s on the house! Learn more about how a HELOC can turn your home’s equity into that big project you’ve been planning by watching 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


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”.  Don’t know what to get someone for Christmas? Don’t have the budget for presents? We got the tips to get you through the Holiday Season. Head to our YouTube channel for more… Read More


Trusts aren’t just for the rich and famous. Learn more about how a trust can be set up to protect your assets by watching 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


January is a good time to take stock of your personal finances. You can make positive changes to your spending and saving habits, whether it’s making a New Year’s resolution to get spending under control, figuring out how to save for a down payment on a house, or analyzing your investment portfolio. Many people, however,… Read More


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 get the most out of the biggest online shopping season. Head to our YouTube channel for more tips for the holidays!  … Read More


You can survive the season without suffering a fiscal holiday hangover. By examining the reasons for overspending, planning expenditures, and identifying what’s important to your family, you can rein in your spending and rediscover the joy of the holidays. Examine your motives. What fuels the gift-giving mania? Tradition strongly influences holiday spending habits. If your… Read More


How do you define wealth? The standard definition is wealth is “a large amount of money and possessions.” But consider this definition: wealth is the difference between what you are earning and what you are spending. Most of us want to be rich because we think it’ll make our financial problems will go away. Sadly,… 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