Friday’s need-to-know money news

money-saving-militaryToday’s top story: Controlling your finances by ignoring short-term frenzies. Also in the news: A new definition of affordable auto insurance, how military members can save money while moving, and how to estimate the value of your travel rewards.

Control Your Finances by Ignoring the Short-Term Frenzy
Resist being reactionary.

What’s ‘Affordable’ Auto Insurance? Now There’s an Answer
Defining the parameters.

7 Ways Military Members Can Save Money When Moving
Making the costs more bearable.

A Rule of Thumb to Estimate the Value of Your Travel Rewards Miles
What are your miles worth?

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What your high schooler needs to know about credit cards. Also in the news: Saying goodbye to foreign transaction fees, the new calling limits facing debt collectors, and how letting your adult child stay home could benefit you financially. Credit Card Basics for High School Students What your high schooler needs to […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: When to expect a fed rate hike. Also in the news: The hazards of long-distance home shopping, what being a landlord means for your taxes, and why back-to-school shopping doesn’t have to be a budget-buster. Fed Rate Hike Likely Later Rather Than Sooner, Experts Say When you can expect a jump. The […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story; How a Trump win could impact college students. Also in the news: Tips on caring for aging parents, what you need to know about online lending services, and financial apps that will save you money this summer. 4 Ways a Trump Win Could Impact College Students Looking ahead to a possible Trump […]

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The recipe for building wealth hasn’t changed

Building wealth has gotten harder for most people in recent years. But the habits that can make you rich haven’t changed. It boils down to this: putting aside money, regularly and consistently, that can be invested for your future. You have to leave that money alone to grow, which means you also need an emergency […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Why long-term care insurance is worth the expense. Also in the news: The differences between a 401(k) and a Roth 401(k), how to make yourself a better retirement saver, and keeping an eye out for electricity surge pricing. Long-Term Care Insurance Is Worth the Expense Paying now can save a lot later. […]

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Q&A: Does Social Security pay survivor benefits in same-sex unions?

Dear Liz: I am 65 and was recently laid off after 26 years with the same company. My life partner of 25 years died in 2010. We had been legally married in 2008. I’d like to wait until I’m 70 to collect my Social Security. Is there any way I can collect her Social Security […]

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Q&A: Conflicting credit scores

Dear Liz: Why is there such a difference between my FICO 4 and FICO 8 scores? My FICO 4 score is 646 while my FICO 8 score is 678. I want to buy a home and I know some lenders may still use the FICO 4. Answer: Most (not just some) mortgage lenders use outdated […]

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Q&A: Divorced, and in debt

Dear Liz: I recently got divorced and found myself in about $50,000 of credit card debt. While I’m struggling to slowly pay off this debt, I do have some money saved in a tax-sheltered annuity as well as a small Roth IRA. Should I use those, take a personal loan or file for bankruptcy? Answer: […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to find the best mortgage rate online. Also in the news: How to set up your first 401(k), what happens if you work after signing up for Social Security, and why we value purchases more when we pay with cash. How to Find the Best Mortgage Rates and Lenders Online Comparison […]

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