The number of excavators and cranes in downtown Bettendorf, Iowa will soon grow as Ascentra Credit Union breaks ground on a new home office and financial center on Thursday, May 31 at 4:00 p.m. on the corner of Grant Street and 19th Street.  The membership at Ascentra is also growing and the not-for-profit is looking… Read More


On average, women outlive their husbands. According to the Social Security Administration’s estimate, the average 65-year-old woman will outlive the average 65-year-old man by more than two years, dying at age 86½. Averages aside, it also estimates that about a quarter of today’s 65-year-olds will live into their nineties. Around 10 percent will live to… 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


It is agreed that the earlier you start saving for retirement, the better. The big question on the minds of many savers, however, is: “How am I doing?” This article will show you some rough milestones to try and reach. (Keep in mind that you may need to save more or less than these amounts… Read More


Will the current bull market run for another year? How about another two or three years? Some investors will confidently say “yes” to both questions. Optimism abounds on Wall Street: the major indices climb more than they retreat, and they have attained new peaks. On average, the S&P 500 has gained nearly 15 percent a… Read More


It’s a buzz word you no longer can ignore: financial literacy. Why? Because it’s essential for financial survival in today’s economy. And that’s a fact of life.   Regardless of your age, ask yourself three questions:   1. Do I get a good grade when it comes to the financial facts of life? If yes,… Read More


Provided by CUNA Financial Advisor, Brooke Bowie, AFI®   Every day, people die intestate. In legalese, that means without a will. This opens the door for the courts to decide what happens with their estates.   When no valid will exists, state intestacy laws dictate how assets are distributed. These laws divide an estate evenly… Read More


In the first quarter of 2017, the bull market seemed unstoppable. The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared past 20,000 and closed at all-time highs on 12 consecutive trading days. The Nasdaq Composite gained almost 10% in three months.1   An eight-year-old bull market is rare. This current bull is the second longest since the end… 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 this holiday season, there are some simple things you can do… Read More


529s have become one of the most popular college savings options. Here are some basics. Looking to save for college? Take a number – the number 529 to be exact. College Savings Accounts, or 529s as they’re nicknamed (after the IRS tax code), have become all the rage in recent years. So what are they?… Read More