To con artists, down-on-their-luck relatives, or opportunistic acquaintances, they are gold mines. Individuals over the age of 50 control 70 percent of the country’s wealth, and seniors between the ages of 65 and 74, with an average net worth of $1.06 million, have more assets than any other age group.   “That’s where the money… Read More


The average annual cost of attending a four-year, in-state public university in 2014-2015 is $18,943, according to the College Board’s annual survey of colleges. That figure includes tuition, fees, room, and board. Even if you don’t consider inflation, this amounts to $75,772 for four years. Education is a valuable investment. But when budgets are tight,… Read More


Research shows that 1 in 20 Hispanics in America are unbanked, preferring to use a check-cashing service or buy a prepaid debit card instead of depositing their paychecks into a financial institution. Why? Many believe they don’t meet the requirements or have the identification needed for opening an account. Although using alternative financial providers may… Read More


While many banks and other lenders have stopped offering private student loans to focus on bigger, more profitable loan types, you still can depend on Ascentra Credit Union to help you pay for school. Credit unions have lower loan rates and provide more products and services for students, according to CBS Money Watch. While you… Read More


Most teenagers have big dreams. Some dream of owning a car, traveling, or starting a business. Many plan on attending college. All those dreams require cash. So how do you turn that dream into reality? Be a dream achiever and start saving your money. Think: $1.67 a day! If you’re 13 years old and you… Read More


The Ascentra Credit Union volunteer board of directors and senior leadership team have been busy paying it forward this summer to 36 different charities and organizations, donating $17,000 in Leadership Grants from the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation.   In 2015, the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation successfully established its Leadership Grants to stay true to Ascentra’s… Read More


It wasn’t any ordinary day for our member, Donnie, when he stopped by our Grant Street branch for his every day normal routine.  A frequent member of ours, Donnie often shares how much he loves spaghetti. One day when he came to the branch, he was pleasantly surprised with some yummy homemade spaghetti from our… Read More


Yolandas and Lesa Dixon lost their home in a fire the day after Christmas, resulting in a total loss. The Ascentra Family came together for a Casual for a Cause day where staff members donated $5 out of pocket to dress causal, raising a total of $450 for the Dixon Family.   Liz George from… 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


We are very excited to announce that Brooke Bowie, CUNA Financial Advisor, has joined Ascentra Retirement & Investment Services. Attaining financial security is a marathon, not a sprint; that is why planning and preparation is essential for success. Brooke understands this concept and brings a balanced approach to helping her clients prepare and protect their… Read More