Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Tax breaks for retirement savers. Also in the news: Surprising tax complaints, how to find cheap airfare, and becoming comfortable with investing using a mock portfolio. 10 tax breaks for retirement savers How to minimize the taxes on your savings. The Most Surprising Tax Complaint in America No, it’s not slow refunds. […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How Generation X should plan for retirement. Also in the news: Factors that affect your Social Security benefits, five things that can ruin your tax refund, and important financial steps widows and widowers need to take. Retirement planning steps for Generation X Time’s running out. 3 Factors That Affect Your Social Security […]

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Q&A: Keeping investments in one brokerage

Dear Liz: I recently retired at 56 and am receiving a pension. My wife is set to retire next year at 56 and will also receive a pension. I chose to leave my 401(k) in my employer’s plan but am planning to consolidate it with my wife’s 457 and four 403(b) accounts once she retires. […]

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Q&A: Could reducing your credit limit hurt your credit score?

Dear Liz: I asked one of my credit card issuers to increase my credit line from $2,000 to $5,000 but was turned down. The reason given was that I have too high credit limits from my other cards. Combined, I have about $100,000 in available credit, although I’ve never used more than $15,000 at any […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to get organized for tax season. Also in the news: Credit report myths, the coverage perks hiding in your insurance policy, and how your credit card can be stolen without you noticing. Getting Organized for Tax Preparation Get your folders ready. Nine credit report myths you need to know Time for […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: How to avoid balance transfer mistakes. Also in the news: Saving money as an empty nester, credit cards rewards that help the environment, and how you could be accidentally improving your credit score. 5 Balance Transfer Credit Card Mistakes You Can Avoid Pay attention to time limits. A Guide to Saving Money […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How paying off your student loans could actually be a bad thing for your credit. Also in the news: Common tax filing mistakes to avoid, the best new money apps, and how to earn money during your retirement. Why Paying Off Your Student Loans Could Actually Hurt Your Credit Yes, you read […]

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January tune-up: Your taxes

The IRS started accepting tax returns today. Perhaps some of you already knew that, and were poised with your finger over the “submit” button on your already-completed return when the IRS opened its gate. For the rest of us, though, this is a timely reminder that “Oh, yeah, I’ve gotta get that done”–preferably well before […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: Why you should pay your credit card bill before it’s due. Also in the news: How to break a bad money habit, what the IRS is doing to prevent identity theft, and how one late mortgage payment can wreak havoc with your credit score. 4 Reasons to Pay Your Credit Card Bill […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: What you need to know about taxes if you’re getting divorced. Also in the news: Honest mistakes that could ruin your credit, what you’ll be paying more for in 2015, and why you might need more care insurance. Getting Divorced? 8 Things You Must Know about Taxes Changes during a difficult time. […]

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