Q&A: Financial advice and family

Dear Liz: Regarding the brother who has the financially irresponsible sisters, in general I agree with you about not pestering people who don’t want advice. But with family, it’s different. It is quite obvious to me and other readers that this man is concerned about his sisters coming to him later in life even if […]

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Q&A: Bonus taxing

Dear Liz: You recently answered a question from someone who wondered whether to pay off tax debt or credit cards with a $10,000 bonus. You asked why the person planned to put only about half the bonus toward debt instead of all of it. I think I know the answer. A bonus is considered taxable […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: What a missed mortgage payment can do to your credit. Also in the news: How to turn your retirement savings into income, tools that will simplify your life and save you money, and what we can learn about money from the movies. How Much Will My Credit Score Drop If I Miss […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: How to remove a dispute from your credit report. Also in the news: Retirement expenses you shouldn’t neglect, how to protect your identity during tax time, and simple things you can do to save on your healthcare costs. How Do I Get a Dispute Off My Credit Report? Taking matters into your […]

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3 new, must-read money books

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Three recently-published books are well worth your time and money, thanks to talented authors who offer new takes on some familiar financial topics: Social Security, raising money-smart kids and investor manias. The first is “Get What’s Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security” by economist Laurence J. Kotlikoff and journalists Philip Moeller and […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: What to do when your child’s data is hacked. Also in the news: How to hack your own money, credit card habits you need to break immediately, and how to hit your money goals. My Baby’s Data Was Hacked. What Should I Do Now? Like stealing credit from a baby. Make Your […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: What to do with your tax refund. Also in the news: Financial aid myths, how much you should contribute to your 401(k), and easy steps to get started with investing. How to Put Your Tax Refund to Good Use Alternatives to spending it on new stuff. 5 Myths About College Financial Aid […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The most important personal finance rules. Also in the news: How to hack away at your student loan debt, what couples need to know about their finances before moving in together, and how to prevent a tax audit. The Most Important Personal Finance Rules Never Change The rules that matter most are […]

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Q&A: Mistaken address leads to debt collection

Dear Liz: A debt collector says I owe a small debt from a store credit card I opened about six months ago. The wrong address was on file, so I hadn’t received any documentation at all. After opening the account I had called the store customer service line to arrange a payment, but the representative […]

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Q&A: Spousal benefits and Social Security

Dear Liz: I am divorced. If I apply for Social Security spousal benefits at age 62, based on my former spouse’s work record, can I continue to collect it if I get remarried? I understand that I cannot switch from spousal to my own benefit if I start early. But if I remarry, do I […]

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