Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Insurers turn to technology to woo drivers. Also in the news: Beemers, Benzes and other luxury used-car bargains, 7 tactics to help car-buying newbies bargain like a boss, and credit cards still charge interest after you die. Insurers Turn to Technology to Woo Drivers Gadgets that can keep your rates down. Beemers, […]

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Q&A: Do credit scores punish you for not carrying debt?

Dear Liz: I am fortunate to be able to afford homeownership without having to obtain a mortgage. The same is true of owning cars without a car loan. I pay my credit card bills in full each month. In short, I do not carry any debt. However, it seems to me that I am being […]

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Q&A: Social Security spousal benefits

Dear Liz: In a recent article, you mentioned spousal benefits. If someone started her own Social Security benefit at 62, is there no way of drawing a spousal benefit at a later date? Answer: When you apply for Social Security now, you’re “deemed” (considered by the Social Security Administration) to be applying for both your […]

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Q&A: The fat in your genes/jeans

Dear Liz: In one of your recent answers, you said “avoiding obesity” was part of choosing healthier lifestyles. The problem with that statement is that a large percentage of people cannot avoid obesity, because obesity is “wired” into their genes or otherwise into their personal biological makeup. People range all over the spectrum. I personally […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Managing debt in retirement takes some planning. Also in the news: Why your credit score means both everything and nothing, 5 ways to save on energy during the dog days of summer, and what the Dept. of Ed’s proposed new rules on debt forgiveness requirements means. Managing Debt in Retirement Takes Some […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 7 tactics to help car-buying newbies bargain like a boss. Also in the news: 5 ways to save energy during the dog days of summer, what you need to know about buying a house in 2018, and how a freelancer turned dog sitting into a successful side gig. 7 Tactics to Help […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How replacement window costs add up. Also in the news: Hiring a vacation photographer, how to fight about money and stay madly in love, and 5 things to do first if you win tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot. How Replacement Window Costs Add Up Things to take into consideration. So Long, Selfie Stick. […]

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Managing Debt in Retirement Takes Some Planning

Owing money in retirement isn’t ideal — but most people do. Seventy percent of U.S. households headed by people ages 65 to 74 had at least some debt in 2016, according to the Federal Reserve’s latest Survey of Consumer Finances. So did half of those 75 and older. Paying debt usually gets more difficult on […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Don’t let your love of logos become a financial faux pas. Also in the news: No-sweat solutions to save money on car fixes, what it’s like to use a financial advisor, and overlooking a risk in your home could cost you nearly $10,000. Don’t Let Your Love of Logos Become a Financial […]

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Q&A: Should a soon-to-be retiree use savings to pay off the mortgage?

Dear Liz: I am 64, single and planning to retire in two years. I have saved enough to pay off my $100,000 mortgage. It will take the bulk of my savings but I have no other debts. I will have a pension and Social Security. I also have a credit score over 800. Should I […]

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