The best way to keep insurance premiums low—if your luck and driving skills hold up—is to avoid all accidents and tickets. In setting prices, insurance companies constantly seek statistical patterns for groups of people who file more or fewer claims on their auto policies. Here are some auto insurance discounts that you already may qualify… Read More


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  If you’re a homeowner, your home is 26 times more likely to suffer flood damage than fire damage, according to the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America. Despite this fact, most people still go without flood insurance. Industry experts speculate that most homeowners—particularly those not living near a coastal waterway—don’t believe a flood… Read More


The Summer Enrichment Initiative (SEI) in Rock Island received a huge boost thanks to a generous $18,897.00 grant from the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation for Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) materials. LLI is the primary curriculum used by SEI but unavailable to staff and the children they serve at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center… Read More


Ascentra Credit Union was recently honored with six Diamond Awards, which recognizes outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry. The awards were presented by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing and Business Development Council, a national network comprised of over 1,200 credit union marketing and business development professionals. Awards are… Read More


Congratulations to all the Bettendorf first graders who completed the Booker Bear Reading Challenge this year! Over 275 Bettendorf first graders met the challenge by reading ten books in one month– awesome job first graders! Students along with their families were treated to a pizza party at the Bettendorf Public Library where each student was awarded with a certificate of achievement and given… Read More


Congratulations to all the Pleasant Valley first graders who completed the Booker Bear Reading Challenge this year! These little readers read 10 whole books in one month and as a reward, were given certificates of achievement, a stuffed teddy bear, and were treated to a pizza party at the Bettendorf Library for their reading efforts! Way to go first graders! Readers even… Read More


by Daniel, 18 College is extremely expensive. I’d like to share with you some ways to make discovering scholarships easy. Smartphone applications Probably the best application I have ever researched is one called Scholly, a powerful application for discovering available scholarships for high school seniors, current undergraduates, and graduate students. The application was developed by… Read More


Congratulations to all the North Scott first graders who completed the Scottie Reads Program! This is the 7th year for the Scottie Reads Program, challenging all of the North Scott first graders to read 10 books in one month. Those who completed the challenge were invited along with their immediate family to a pizza party at Ed White Elementary… Read More


There are dozens of tax deductions available to the self-employed and for small businesses. Your bottom line will be significantly healthier if you understand what they are. “Tax-deductible expenses are almost anything that a small business owner spends on something related to his or her business,” offers Jan Zobel, enrolled agent tax preparer and author… Read More