For many students borrowing is essential to pay for higher education. Learn more 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


Although income tax returns are not due until April 15 this year, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead and file early, especially if you expect to get a tax refund. Here are some tips to start filing: 1. Get ready for the arrival of records. If you don’t already have a tax file, select… Read More


Volatility will always be around on Wall Street, and as you invest for the long term, you must learn to tolerate it. Rocky moments, fortunately, are not the norm.   Since the end of World War II, there have been dozens of Wall Street shocks. Wall Street has seen 56 pullbacks (retreats of 5-9.99 percent)… 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


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


It’s hard to put a price tag on the future. A trust helps ensure that your loved ones will be taken care of and can save you and your family from heartache down the road. A trust is a document that states the rules you want followed to distribute your assets to your beneficiaries and is managed… 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 budget, create a list and do your research for this shopping season. Head to our YouTube channel for more tips for… 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