Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The ten things you need to know about credit scores. Also in the news: Five ways to save in managing your money, why passive income is worth more than active income, and six retirement planning rules for single women. 10 Things Everyone Should Know About Credit Scores What you need to know. […]

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Q&A: Shifting Roth IRA Broker Fees

Dear Liz: What can I do to stop my broker from deducting trading fees from my Roth IRA contributions, which I make monthly? Let’s say I invest $420 each month, but the broker takes $7, or $84 a year. Shouldn’t this be payable from a separate source so that I can invest the full contribution […]

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Q&A: Social Security spousal benefits

Dear Liz: I’m 52 and my wife is 57. I recently retired from the military and will have a small retirement from my new job. When should I take Social Security and when should she take hers? Her letter from the Social Security Administration says that based on her work record, she will receive $88 […]

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Q&A: Filing joint tax return while not married

Dear Liz: Is it possible to file a joint tax return if you are not married but have lived together for more than seven years? We’ve owned property together for nine years. Answer: What matters to the IRS is how your state treats your arrangement. Most states don’t recognize common law marriages, in which two […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The best credit card freebies. Also in the news: Breaking bad money habits, the worst states for retirement, and apps that can save you money while shopping. 8 Credit Cards With Freebies Perks from the get go. 5 Ways to Break Your Bad Money Habits Breaking the cycle. 10 Worst States for […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How a good budget can help you build credit. Also in the news: Avoiding financial scams, tips on managing your elderly parent’s money, and five money rules for a successful retirement. How Your Budget Can Help You Build Credit A good budget can help you build a great credit score. 10 Tips […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: It’s tax day! Also in the news: Apps to teach your kids about money, personal loans vs credit cards, and why a good FICO score matters when buying a home. Time’s Up! It’s Tax Deadline Day No more excuses! 5 apps to teach your kids about money Just in time for Financial […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to finish your taxes before the deadline. Also in the news: How to file for a tax extension, when your employer can check your credit, and why you need to pay close attention to your parents’ financial advisors. The Procrastinator’s Guide to Finishing Your Taxes The clock is ticking. How to […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What to do with a financial windfall. Also in the news: How to financially survive a military deployment, what you should cut back on first if you lose your job, and how to protect your retirement nest egg. How Not to Blow a Financial Windfall The yacht can wait. 3 Things Military […]

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Q&A: Credit CARD Act

Dear Liz: I have a business credit card that offers cash rebates. It has an interest rate of 15.24% on purchases and 25.24% on cash advances. I carry balances in each category. Each month the issuer posts my entire payment to my lower-interest purchases balance and nothing to my cash advance balance. I telephoned to […]

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