At Ascentra, we believe that education is the key to success and are committed to supporting reading and literacy in our community.  One way we do this is by challenging first-graders in our region to read 10 books in one month and this year in 2019, we are celebrating 10 years of reading for our… Read More


Over 1,300 guests attended the big Noon Year’s Eve event at the Bettendorf Family Museum to celebrate the arrival of the new year on Monday, Dec. 31.  The grownups get to have their New Year’s Eve fun at night leading up to midnight, so the Bettendorf Family Museum offers kiddos the chance to celebrate the… 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


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


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