5 Reasons Your Money Is Safer Today Than 10 Years Ago

Your paycheck doesn’t stretch far enough, and the stock market routinely clobbers your retirement account. You may not feel financially secure, but in many ways your money is a lot safer than it was a decade ago.

The financial crisis of 2008 and the subsequent recession prompted a bunch of reforms that are helping you keep more of your hard-earned cash, even if you’re not always aware of the safeguards.

In my latest for Nerdwallet, five of the most important changes.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The key tax changes for 2015. Also in the news: Costly mistakes that can destroy your credit, smart estate-planning steps to avoid probate, and why combining your finances in a relationship might be a bad idea. Key 2015 Tax Changes to Know About Don’t wait until the last second. 5 Smart Estate-Planning […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to protect yourself against online identity fraud. Also in the news: Myths about student loan consolidation, why fewer retirement savings options could be a good thing, and the hefty cost of those Oscar gift bags. Follow These Steps to Guard Against Online Identity Fraud Doing whatever it takes to protect your […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What to do if you’re a victim of tax fraud. Also in the news: Personal finance items couples hide from each other, why Millennials will spend more on Valentine’s Day, and why you should watch out for student debt predators. Victimized by tax fraud? Here’s what to do Take a deep breath. […]

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Q&A: Social Security survivor benefits

Dear Liz: I am 63 and retired but have not started to collect my Social Security. My husband will be 67 in March. He started his Social Security at 62. Our plan is to wait until I am 70 to start my benefit, which would make my monthly amount significantly larger than his. If I […]

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Q&A: Long-term capital gains tax

Dear Liz: I’m very confused about the long-term capital gains tax. Several years ago, I bought a house for $525,000 in Texas. I’ve been thinking about selling, and my real estate agent informed me that my home is now worth $1.5 million. I am a disabled veteran and have no tax liability because my income […]

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Q&A: Paying off student loan

Dear Liz: am going to pay off one of my daughter’s private student loans. One has a balance of $8,500 at 4% interest and the other is for $7,500 at 6%. Which one should I pay off? Answer: You have a lucky daughter, either way. In addition to balances and rates, the other variable you […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Your FAFSA just became a bit shorter. Also in the news: How to determine how much house you can afford, eight surprising things that are taxable, and a new job perk that could pay off your student loans. Renewal FAFSA: Why It’s Easier and Why You Should Complete It Now The clock […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: How to keep calm and carry on in a volatile market. Also in the news: Why paying off your debt could hurt your mortgage chances, what the Super Bowl can teach you about money, and how your 2015 IRA contribution can hurt 2016-2017 college aid. 5 Ways to Keep Calm, Carry On […]

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