Q&A: Fees can do serious damage to your retirement

Dear Liz: When I changed jobs, I rolled my 401(k) account into an IRA and took it to a financial planner. He invested it initially and now has a management company watching it. So now I am paying quarterly fees to him, the management company and the IRA custodian. The fees average about $2,000 a […]

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Q&A: How to avoid triggering gift taxes

Dear Liz: Is it possible to make student loan payments directly toward our son’s lender without them being considered a gift and thereby subject to the gift tax after a certain amount? Answer: No. But gift taxes aren’t an issue for the vast majority of Americans. You and your spouse would have to give away […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to lower your internet bills without cutting the cord. Also in the news: How to write a business plan, when it’s okay to splurge, and how to save money on groceries by keeping a food waste list. 7 Ways to Lower Your Internet Bill Without having to cut the cord. How […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The Marriage Penalty could be the reason for the increase in your tax bill. Also in the news: Why credit card over-limit fees are virtually extinct, when you’re mad enough to switch banks, and a beginner’s guide to money management. Tax Bill Going Up? It Could Be the Marriage Penalty Congratulations! Why […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: NerdWallet’s best credit card tips for March. Also in the news: Sane ways to pay down student debt, how to avoid a credit check scam while looking to rent, and how to save when you don’t have any extra cash. NerdWallet’s Best Credit Card Tips for March 2017 Finding the best cards. […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Managing your 401(k) in uncertain times. Also in the news: How the Alternative Minimum Tax works, how owning or selling a home affects your taxes, and the 10 biggest tax havens on earth. How To Manage Your 401(k) in Uncertain Times Protecting your retirement. How Does the Alternative Minimum Tax Work? What […]

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The emergency fund you can eat

Cash can help you survive an emergency, but saving as much as financial planners typically recommend — three to six months’ worth of expenses — can take years. You can build an edible emergency fund a lot quicker. A well-stocked pantry can help you survive a natural disaster or extended blackout, get through a stretch […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 5 essential investing moves for Millennials. Also in the news: Why your tax refund is ideal for paying credit card debt, how to make sure retirement isn’t a drag, and why you need to do your homework before meeting with a financial advisor. 5 Essential Investing Moves for Millennials Planning for the […]

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Q&A: The new reverse mortgage is safer but still expensive

Dear Liz: If you have never written about the new reverse mortgages, please consider it. I’m nearly 90 and this Home Equity Conversion Mortgage sounds too good to be true. Is it? I’ve talked to a broker and a direct lender and attended a two-hour seminar on the subject. Answer: Reverse mortgages once deserved their […]

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Q&A: More solutions for avoiding probate

Dear Liz: I’m wondering why, in your answer about whether to use a will or a living trust, you didn’t mention that probate can be avoided by using beneficiaries for assets such as mutual funds and brokerage accounts and now, in many states, homes. This seems quite relevant to the question and the gist of […]

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