Q&A: What to consider when you’re deciding whether to sell and move for better schools

Dear Liz: I’m 47, married, with one child in private elementary school because the public school option for our neighborhood is not good. We earn a combined $260,000 per year. (We know we’re fortunate, as we come from lower-income circumstances). I’ve eliminated all of my credit card debt and owe only mortgage debt ($168,000 plus […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Don’t believe the hype about Millennials and money. Also in the news: 3 low-stress ways to invest for retirement, 4 quick financial wins in under an hour, and 10 unexpected debt traps – and how to avoid them. Don’t Believe the Hype About Millennials and Money Forget the avocado toast cliche. 3 […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How women who retire with their husbands ofter lose out. Also in the news: Why the cashless trend doesn’t have all shoppers sold, what rising DTI limits mean for your next mortgage, and how to protect your frequent flyer miles from hackers. How Women Who Retire With Their Husbands Often Lose Out […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Text a retailer and you could get back money and time. Also in the news: Shoppers cash in on the Golden Age of branded credit cards, how to spend money guilt-free even if you owe student loans, and the do’s and don’ts of using store credit cards for holiday shopping. Text a […]

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How women who retire with their husbands often lose out

Women who retire when their husbands do may be giving up more wealth than they realize. Married women overall are still in their peak earning years in their 50s and early 60s, while married men’s earnings are on the decline, says economist Nicole Maestas, an associate professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What really matters with your first credit card. Also in the news: Having more than one life insurance policy, getting a safe mortgage using these post-crisis tips, and questions to ask yourself to live a better financial life. What Really Matters With Your First Credit Card The new foundation of your credit […]

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Q&A: Rebalancing your portfolio can trigger tax bills

Dear Liz: Is there a tax aspect to rebalancing your portfolio? You’ve mentioned the importance of rebalancing regularly to reduce risk. Answer: Rebalancing is basically the process of adjusting your portfolio back to a target asset allocation, or mix of stocks, bonds and cash. When stocks have been climbing, you can wind up with too […]

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Q&A: Feedback on a wedding conundrum

Dear Liz: You recently answered a writer whose fiancee was facing medical debts and other financial concerns. I was surprised you didn’t address the expected cost of their wedding, which the writer said was $5,600. Although that seems quite modest compared with the average wedding these days, it’s still $5,600 that could go to other […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What really matters with your first credit card. Also in the news: Getting a safer mortgage using lessons from 2008, what to do if Hurricane Florence hits your home and/or mortgage, and how to help Hurricane Florence victims. What Really Matters With Your First Credit Card Starting off strong. Get a Safer […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 4 quick financial wins you can score in an hour. Also in the news: Why getting a mortgage may be easier now – and riskier, how to protect your savings from inflation, and why trip insurance may not help if Hurricane Florence ruins your cruise. Got an Hour? Chalk Up 4 Quick […]

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