Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 3 credit score myths you should stop believing. Also in the news: Vinyl siding costs and how to keep them down, 6 big ways credit can affect your life, and 1 in 3 parents will help their kids pay off student loans.

3 Credit Score Myths You Should Stop Believing
It’s all about the numbers.

Vinyl Siding Costs and How to Bring Savings Home
How to keep costs down.

6 Big Ways Your Credit Can Affect Your Life
From buying a home to getting a new job.

1 in 3 parents will help their kids pay off student loans
And it could impact their retirement.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 5 steps to change homeowners insurance paid through escrow. Also in the news: Getting by on the average retirement income, TSA-Approved ways to cut the airport screening lines, and how to tell if your company’s 401(k) plan is any good. 5 Steps to Change Homeowners Insurance Paid Through Escrow Seamless transition. Could […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Bartenders spill secrets for keeping your tab in check. Also in the news: How a remodeling project changes your property tax bill, tips for back-to-school shopping, and how to use your bank’s automatic transfer tools to make budgeting easy. Bartenders Spill Secrets for Keeping Your Tab in Check Avoiding a financial hangover. […]

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Why traditional credit scores still matter

Researchers and startups say all kinds of weird data can predict your creditworthiness. What kind of smartphone you have, who your friends are and how you answer survey questions may foretell how likely you are to pay back a loan. Don’t expect this alternative data to displace the three-digit number most lenders use, however. Credit […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to protect your money from criminals. Also in the news: How to fight about money and stay madly in love, how to have “the talk” about finances with your parents, and deciding to reroute some of your retirement savings to pay for a house. Banking Has Changed, but Criminals Haven’t — […]

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Q&A: Mother-daughter drama and the financial ties that bind

Dear Liz: My mother is turning 92 this month. Due to a dispute, my mother amended her will last year and stated that my inheritance had to be used for a certain purpose. My brother sent me the amendment and told me he will enforce my mother’s wishes. He also told me that I had […]

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Q&A: The effects of working after taking Social Security

Dear Liz: I didn’t pay much into Social Security and started drawing it at age 62. As a result my check wasn’t very much. If I start working now, will it increase my monthly benefit over the years? Answer: Yes, but the effect depends on a lot of factors. Social Security determines your benefit using […]

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Q&A: Going without health insurance isn’t wise

Dear Liz: You recently wrote about early retirees going abroad for their pre-Medicare years in order to get more affordable healthcare coverage. Why did you not bother to even mention the COBRA option that is often available to workers upon retirement? And by the way, some of us prefer to self-insure in our pre-Medicare years […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Getting by on the average retirement income. Also in the news: Tips on back-to-school shopping, how to profit from someone else’s financial mistake, and how to decode your credit card bill. Could You Get By On the Average Retirement Income? Where does that income come from? Cross Items Off Your Back-to-School List […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Intern with a 401(k)? Here’s how to make it pay. Also in the news: 6 big ways credit can affect your life, helping your kid start a business, and a new game show pays off winner’s student loans. Intern With a 401(k)? Here’s How to Make It Pay Make long-term gains from […]

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