Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Lay groundwork for better home value with artful landscaping. Also in the news: How to manage the cost to finish a basement, more Wells Fargo refunds are coming, and how long you should keep your tax returns.

Lay Groundwork for Better Home Value With Artful Landscaping
Increasing your curb appeal.

How to Manage the Cost to Finish a Basement
Create a man cave or a family room.

More Wells Fargo Refunds Coming After $1 Billion Fine
Planning to pay back customers.

How Long Should Tax Returns Be Saved
Start with a minimum of 3 years.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: When to ignore credit card advice. Also in the news: More Wells Fargo refunds are coming after $1 billion fine, how SunTrust customers can protect themselves after data breach, and how to live it up without going broke before you die. When to Ignore Credit Card Advice Conventional wisdom doesn’t always apply. […]

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Q&A: Don’t run out of money in retirement: Here’s how much to use per year, and why

Dear Liz: I am confused about “safe withdrawal rates” from retirement accounts. I’ve read that withdrawing 4% of savings each year is the gold standard that financial planners utilize to ensure that life savings are preserved in retirement. However, if the Standard & Poor’s 500 index returns on average 8% a year, and if the […]

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Q&A: Deciding when to claim Social Security benefits

Dear Liz: In a recent article you discussed delaying Social Security benefits and wrote that for married couples, only the higher earner needs to wait until age 70 to get the largest possible check. I don’t understand the logic behind that statement. I have always been told to wait until 70 to collect; however, my […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Why the new tax law makes Roth IRAs more attractive. Also in the news: 7 ways to save on your next national park trip, how to prep for in-flight interviews and land a job, and the 6 skills you need to be financially successful. Why the New Tax Law Makes Roth IRAs […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Beat the retiree crowds to these 5 places abroad. Also in the news: Better options for student loan repayments, the pros and cons of travel loans, and why millennials are piling up debt to keep up with their friends. Beat the Retiree Crowds to These 5 Places Abroad Before they become popular. […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 5 great ways to invest your tax refund. Also in the news: How to say no to being a bridesmaid, when to upgrade at the gas pump, and how to decode your financial aid letters. 5 Great Ways to Invest Your Tax Refund The best ways to put your windfall to good […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What really happens if you don’t pay your taxes by April 17th. Also in the news: Getting tax audit help might be easier than you think, are you the right person for a do-it-yourself house kit, and 6 great TV episodes to watch after paying your taxes. What Really Happens If You […]

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Beat the retiree crowds to these 5 places abroad

Coronado in Panama once had pristine beaches and not much else. Today the resort town is a haven for U.S. and Canadian retirees, with strip malls, fast-food joints and a lot of people speaking English. “For all the world, it’s like you’re in a U.S. beach town,” says Kathleen Peddicord, publisher of Live and Invest […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How not to run out of money in retirement. Also in the news: How bountiful is tax-loss harvesting, what the (almost) end of credit card signatures means for you, and how your spouse’s student loans affect you. How Not to Run Out of Money in Retirement Making it through the long haul. […]

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