Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to make June’s Fed rate hike work for your savings. Also in the news: What the Fed rate hike means for your CDs, how to save money on wedding music, and making it easier for your loved ones to figure out your finances if you die.

How to Make June’s Fed Rate Hike Work for Your Savings
Time to reevaluate your savings?

June Fed Rate Hike: What It Means for Your CDs
Look for a little bump.

To Save Money on Wedding Music, Scratch the DJ and DIY
Create the ultimate playlist.

Could your loved ones figure out your finances if you died?
Making things easier during a difficult time.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Why brand loyalty makes some blind to retail cards’ flaws. Also in the news: The good, the bad and the budget of destination weddings, how to save on central air, and what to know about your insurance when you’re on vacation.

Why Brand Loyalty Makes Some Blind to Retail Cards’ Flaws
Your favorite store card could come with a whopping interest rate.

Destination Weddings: The Good, the Bad and the Budget
Exchanging vows on vacation.

The Cost to Install Central Air and 3 Ways to Save
Staying cool for less.

What to Know About Your Insurance When You’re on Vacation
What is and isn’t covered.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How 1% savings hikes can spice up retired life by $1 million. Also in the news: 7 ways to save at Disneyland, why you shouldn’t let a down payment scare you from buying a home, and how Millennial men and women invest differently.

1% Savings Hikes Can Spice Up Retired Life by $1 Million
The earlier start, the better the boost.

7 Ways to Save at Disneyland — No Magic Required
Keeping your money away from the Mouse.

Don’t Let a Down Payment Scare You Off
Help is available for first-time buyers.

401(k) investing: How Millennial men and women invest differently
It goes back to childhood.

Beware of hidden taxes in retirement

Your taxes in retirement may be a lot more complicated than taxes while you’re working.

Social Security checks may or may not be taxed, depending on your income. You’ll pay federal income taxes on most retirement plan withdrawals, but additional state taxes depend on where you live. Tax rates on investments can vary as well.

In my latest for the Associated Press, what to expect when you hit retirement age.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Nondeductible IRA – for when you’re too rich for a regular one. Also in the news: How to get more bang for your beauty buck, how to know if your pet will dig a subscription box, and the 2018 FAFSA deadline is approaching.

Nondeductible IRA: For When You’re Too Rich for a Regular One
No more deducting your contributions.

How to Get More Bang for Your Beauty Buck
Staying on trend and on budget.

How to Know if Your Pet Will Dig a Subscription Box
Content is key.

The 2018 FAFSA Deadline Is Approaching
June 30th.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Impact investing – using your dollars to make change. Also in the news: How Alexa and Google can aid in your travel planning, 5 ways to save at summer music festivals, and how your credit card APR could double.

Impact Investing: Using Your Dollars to Make Change
Connecting your dollar with your values.

How Alexa and Google Assistant Can Aid Your Travel Planning
Putting your digital assistants to work.

5 Ways to Save at Summer Music Festivals
No more $12.00 bottles of water.

How Your Credit Card APR Could Double

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Dear Young Girls – let’s talk about money. Also in the news: Why your teen should work this summer, a day in the life of a financial advisor, and why you should make student loan payments during your grace period.

Dear Young Girls: Let’s Talk About Money
Historical numbers.

Why Your Teen Should Work This Summer
Preparing for the job market.

A Day in the Life: Financial Advisor
Putting our money to work.

Why You Should Make Student Loan Payments During Your Grace Period
Tackling interest.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Here’s how much you should have saved by 30. Also in the news: Taking the smart investor’s vow: to buy and to hold, getting real about the cost of an average retirement, and the MyHeritage hack affects 92 million customers.

Here’s How Much You Should Have Saved by 30
The magic number.

Take the Smart Investor’s Vow: to Buy and to Hold
In it for the long haul.

Let’s Get Real: What an Average Retirement Costs
Breaking down the numbers.

MyHeritage hack affects 92 million customers, reveals more risks with genealogy sites
Another day, another data breach.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 5 proven ways to increase your home’s value. Also in the news: Paying off debt while saving for retirement, fresh ways to save some green at the farmer’s market, and how some employers are helping to pay student loans in order to attract workers.

5 Proven Ways to Increase Home Value
Enhancing your curb appeal and interior.

Q: Pay Off Debt or Save for Retirement? A: Both
You don’t have to choose.

Fresh Ways to Save Some Green at the Farmers Market
Avoiding high prices at the supermarket.

Employers Help Pay Student Loans to Attract Workers
Now that’s a perk.

Why your teen should work this summer

Summer jobs for teens are an endangered species worth saving.

These seasonal jobs offer more than a paycheck. Summer employment can:

• Improve academic performance, especially among lower-income teens.

• Teach important employment skills, including teamwork and problem-solving.

• Give teens real-world experience demonstrating a work ethic and satisfying bosses who expect them to earn every dollar.

“We don’t naturally know how to be good employees,” says Kathy Kristof, editor of SideHusl, a review site for part-time employment. “We learn, just like we learn the alphabet, with practice.”

In my latest for the Associated Press, how working this summer can prepare your teen for the job market.