Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Your store credit card wants to be your everyday card. Also in the news: Weathering life’s storms with an affordable disaster kit, how to wring the most business value from a personal loan, and which industries could feel the bite of a trade war. Your Store Credit Card Wants to Be Your […]

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Q&A: Paying for a younger spouse’s health insurance until Medicare kicks in

Dear Liz: My husband and I have started discussing when he’ll retire. I’d like him to retire somewhere around 65 or 67. He thinks he’ll have to work until at least 70, if not longer, for health insurance coverage for me. (It’s possible that he could do so, since his is an intellectual job where […]

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Q&A: Can a teacher get Social Security spousal benefits?

Dear Liz: I’m 54 and will be eligible for a Social Security retirement benefit in eight years but plan to wait at least until age 67 to claim it. My wife is 60 and is a teacher, so she won’t be eligible for a primary benefit. But what about spousal benefits? Would I qualify for […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Here’s how Millennials can buy retirement income. Also in the news: How to hack your employee health benefits, simplifying the complex rules for flying with pets, and what President Trump’s banking deregulations mean for you. Here’s How Millennials Can Buy Retirement Income Introducing personal pensions. How to Hack Your Employee Health Benefits […]

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How to hack your employee health benefits

Employee health benefits can have huge value, but you may not be taking full advantage of yours. In my latest for the Associated Press, three hacks that can help you get more of what your company offers.

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to snag credit card rewards flights in peak season. Also in the news: Panic-proofing your portfolio for the next bank crisis, how to land the best airfare, and the pros and cons of a debit rewards card. How to Snag Credit Card Rewards Flights in Peak Season Don’t be held back […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Why new grads shouldn’t snooze and lose on their employer’s 401(k). Also in the news: Ditching debt by working side gigs, how to decide if that life insurance rider is worth it, and how freelancers can save for retirement beyond an IRA. New Grads, Don’t Snooze and Lose on Your Employer’s 401(k) […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to save money by thinking like a college student. Also in the news: What an average retirement costs, how soon should you worry about your credit, and how to budget for your kids’ summer vacation. Save Money by Thinking Like a College Student You can skip the ramen. Let’s Get Real: […]

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Q&A: When buying a car, be strategic with your money. Here’s how

Dear Liz: My son, 27, has a 2009 car that needs a new engine and is not running. The engine would cost $6,100 to replace, which is money he doesn’t have. He owes $10,000 on his car loan at 6% interest. The car would be worth only about $4,500 if it were running. Should he […]

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Q&A: Giving a gift with a built-in loss

Dear Liz: You recently answered a question about the tax implications of gifting stock to children. You mentioned that if the stock had lost value since its purchase, the children could use the loss to offset capital gains or, in the absence of gains, up to $3,000 a year of income, with the ability to […]

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