Thursday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: Why university checking accounts don’t make the grade. Also in the news: Financial steps to take in your 30s, personal finance calculators, and the savings habits of the super rich. University Checking Accounts Don’t Make the Grade High overdraft fees are a dealbreaker. 7 Important Financial Steps to Take in Your 30s […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to improve your online banking security. Also in the news: Avoiding overwhelming student debt, getting the most out of your 401(k) plan, and 12 cheap ways to keep your kids busy this summer. 5 Ways to Improve Your Online Banking Security Protecting your information. 8 College Planning Tips to Avoid Overwhelming […]

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Debt Forgiveness Always Has a Catch

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The Credit Card Debt Forgiveness Act and the Obama Student Loan Forgiveness Program don’t exist. The IRS won’t erase your tax debt just because you say you can’t pay it. Even when debt forgiveness options are available, they can be loaded with traps such as hard-to-follow rules, unexpected tax bills and damage to your credit […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How life insurance companies learn all of your secrets. Also in the news: How to avoid overwhelming student loan debt, questions parents should answer before paying for a wedding, and financial tips to ease the transition from military to civilian life. How Life Insurance Companies Learn Your Best-Kept Secrets It’s all in […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: College counselors spill financial aid secrets. Also in the news: How to tell if you’re on track for retirement, why new grads have a huge retirement savings advantage, and the 401(k) mistakes that could cost you a bundle. College Counselors Spill 6 Financial Aid Secrets Get the inside scoop. Do the Math […]

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Q&A: Spreading out the tax hit from capital gains

Dear Liz: We are in the lowest tax bracket. If we sell a capital gains asset worth several hundred thousand dollars, does that put us in a higher bracket and we pay 20% or do we remain in the lower bracket and pay 15%? Answer: In the two lowest federal income tax brackets, the capital […]

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Q&A: Cerebral slide can hit your wallet

Dear Liz: As a practicing attorney, age 72, I take exception to your advice to the grandmother who complained about her husband co-signing for his granddaughter’s deadbeat boyfriend’s auto loan. You said, “He is showing signs of cognitive impairment.” She never gave his age. Even if he was past 70, an impairment may or may […]

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Q&A: Do the math on retirement benefits

Dear Liz: My full retirement age for Social Security benefits is 66. To receive that amount, do I have to keep working until I am 66? I was going to retire at 63 and receive a state pension and wait until 66 to apply for Social Security. I wasn’t planning on working full-time from 63 […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Covering the costs of long-term care. Also in the news: Discovering tax credits you qualify for, how to save money on your wedding day, and how the government’s new rules will make payday loans a little less terrible. Covering the Costs of Long-Term Care Preparing for the future. What Tax Credits Can […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Credit counseling for housing. Also in the news: What happens to your debt after you die, how to benchmark your net worth, and how to navigate five embarrassing money situations. Credit Counseling for Housing: What It Is and What to Expect You don’t have to go it alone. Will Your Heirs Have […]

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