Q&A: Taking a look at the confusing world of credit scores

Dear Liz: I was recently denied a credit card and told my score was 150 points lower than what my credit reports show. Why would this be? Am I being deceived by the credit reporting agencies? It was such a low number that it’s a little hard to believe since I have been approved for […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to prep (or not) for President Trump’s proposed tax changes. Also in the news: You could be owed money in the Western Union fraud case, why inauguration rental hosts could get a tax break, and 4 ways your expenses can skyrocket when having kids. How to Prep (or Not) for Trump’s […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 5 financial goals to set in 2017. Also in the news: What you should do with rising home equity credit rates, simple tasks to prepare you for tax season, and 7 ways to prepare for an unpaid maternity leave. 5 Financial Goals to Set in 2017 Short-term and long-term. Home Equity Line […]

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Navient student loan lawsuit

Federal regulators just smacked the student loan servicer formerly known as Sallie Mae with a lawsuit accusing it of all kinds of bad behavior. This is a big deal, since the company, now called Navient, handles billions of dollars of loan payments for about one out of four borrowers. The New York Times said the […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What happens when you can’t repay a payday loan. Also in the news: How to upgrade your old car with new-car tech, why women may face retirement shortfalls despite the closing pay gap, and the biggest complaints about 401(k)s. When You Can’t Repay a Payday Loan Preparing for the consequences. 5 Ways […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to prepare financially for your death regardless of your age. Also in the news: The best industries for starting a business in 2017, how insurance companies use your driving record as a crystal ball, and 5 practical steps for creating a retirement backup plan. How to Prepare Financially for Your Death […]

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Retirement advice from retired financial experts

Most retirement advice has a flaw: It’s being given by people who haven’t yet retired. So I asked money experts who have quit the 9-to-5 for their best advice on how to prepare for retirement. In my latest for the Associated Press, what the experts say you can do to prepare yourself both financially and […]

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Q&A: When a new spouse brings surprise debt to the marriage

Dear Liz: I’m 58 and got married for the first time almost two years ago. I discovered my wife has several incredibly large outstanding student loans, including a parent Plus loan for her son’s education that she thought was in deferment and that has nearly doubled to well over $100,000. In addition, my wife has […]

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Q&A: Federal estate tax exemption

Dear Liz: You mentioned that the federal estate tax exemption limit this year is $5.49 million per person. Can I double that if married? Answer: Essentially, yes. Married couples can double the amount that can be given or bequeathed to heirs tax free. If one spouse doesn’t use up his or her exemption, the surviving […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Why you should front-load your IRA in January. Also in the news: Rideshare insurance for drivers, why January is the best time to buy a home, and how fifteen minutes a day can get your finances in order. Front-Load Your IRA in January for a Bigger Payoff It’s all about compound interest. […]

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