Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Pet insurance can be your wallet’s best friend. Also in the news: How to get the most out of online reviews, talking to your parents about their financial plans, and where the 2020 candidates stand on student debt and college affordability.

Pet Insurance Can Be Your Wallet’s Best Friend
Covering your furry friends.

How to Get the Most out of Online Reviews
When to trust reviews.

Yes, You Should Ask Their Parents About Their Financial Plans
A crucial conversation.

Where the 2020 candidates stand on student debt and college affordability
An important issue.

Q&A: Capital gains on house sale

Dear Liz: I am one of those seniors who purchased their house in the 1970s. I would like to move but I’m reluctant because of the huge capital gain tax that I would have to pay. The exemption amount has not been raised since 1997 when it was enacted. In comparison, the estate tax exemption […]

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Q&A: Loans, taxes and home sales

Dear Liz: You recently answered a question about determining home sale profits for a widow. My question is how you calculate taxes when there’s a loan in the mix. For instance, when I bought my home, I took out a mortgage. Subsequently, I took out a second mortgage to pay for a pool and landscaping. […]

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Q&A: Facing retirement with parent student loans? Transfer them to the kids

Dear Liz: I’m 60. Should I take a $50,000 distribution from my 401(k) to pay down my $146,000 parent Plus college loan and then try to refinance the balance with a private lender at a lower interest rate? I have $364,000 in my 401(k). I’m paying 8% interest on the parent Plus loan and planning […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Why you should ask your parents about their financial plans. Also in the news: Why you no longer need a chip-and-PIN card overseas, earning and burning your airline rewards to maximize free flights, and 1 in 4 millennials raiding 401(k)s early to pay down debt. Yes, You Should Ask Your Parents About […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 5 travel rewards myths that could cost you. Also in the news: 5 things to know about the Hilton Honors AmEx business card, what to know about SIMPLE IRAs, and how to manage household finances after your spouse dies. 5 Travel Rewards Myths That Could Cost You How to make the most […]

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5 travel rewards myths that could cost you

Twenty-four years ago, I knew so little about travel rewards that I took an around-the-world trip without signing up for a single frequent traveler program. Those lost points and miles still haunt me. Fast forward to last summer, when our family stayed two nights at a luxury hotel in Venice, Italy. Our room would have […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What really happens when you try to win money to pay down student loans. Also in the news: How to sidestep the potential pitfalls of travel credit cards, new Barclays feature gives you more spending control, and how to pay the exact amount of taxes you owe in advance. What Really Happens […]

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Q&A: Student loan forgiveness fail

Dear Liz: You recently answered a question from someone who had defaulted on federal student loans. You mentioned ways to get out of default and qualify for income-driven repayment plans that could reduce her monthly payments. Couldn’t she also qualify for student loan forgiveness? Answer: There are programs that are supposed to allow federal student loan balances to be […]

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