Q&A: Investment returns

Dear Liz: In a recent column you mentioned a fund that shows a return of 7% consistently for several years to present. Would you be so kind as to provide me with the name of the fund? Answer: I don’t know of any mutual fund that’s shown a consistent 7% return year in and year […]

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Q&A: Social Security survivor benefits

Dear Liz: My 90-year-old father recently passed away. My mother, who will be 90 in February, has a phone meeting with Social Security coming up. It is my understanding that she will have the opportunity to take my dad’s full benefit in place of hers since it is much higher. Is that correct? Is there […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Credit cards tips that’ll last a lifetime. Also in the news: Why your credit score matters the most in your twenties, how to wrangle your W-2s from your employer, and millionaire money tips for the rest of us. 8 Credit Card Tips That Will Last a Lifetime Solid advice. Why Your Credit […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The most embarrassing money topics. Also in the news: How to make a life insurance claim, seven signs you have bad credit, and the insurance questions you should ask when buying a car. Top 10 Most Embarrassing Money Topics What makes you cringe? How to Make a Life Insurance Claim Be proactive. […]

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3 smart strategies to get the best deal on everything

Thanks to the ease of comparison shopping online, almost anyone can suss out a 10% discount these days, and 20% isn’t all that tough either. But if you’re looking for major-league savings—the kind that can reach 30% to 50% off or more—then you need a special weapon. You need intel. In my latest for Money […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Credit report with score on a desk

Today’s top story: Why students missed out on nearly $3 billion dollars in financial aid. Also in the news: Things on your credit report that look like errors, but might not be, how to protect your loved ones from financial elder abuse, and how to protect inherited IRA assets from creditors via a trust. 3 […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: A beginner’s guide to filing taxes in 2016. Also in the news: The benefits of a “Walk Away” fund, simple ways to catch up on retirement savings, and the financial choices you’ll regret ten years from now. A Beginner’s Guide To Filing Taxes In 2016 Don’t be intimidated. Save money now, so […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to get your credit card’s annual fee to pay for itself. Also in the news: Balancing debt reduction and retirement savings, money lessons to teach your kids, and why you should check your FAFSA status. How to Get Your Credit Card’s Annual Fee to Pay for Itself Getting the most out […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The worst online passwords of 2015. Also in the news: Why you should beware of the word “afford,” how to start saving for your retirement in your 20s and 30s, and steps to get more college financial aid. The Worst Passwords of 2015 Stop making life easy for identity thieves. Be Suspicious […]

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