Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The mystery database that can sink your mortgage. Also in the news: The changes in store for your credit cards, cash flow killers, and cutting costs at the pump just in time for summer travel. The Little-Known Database That Can Sink Your Mortgage Getting to know CAIVRS. 4 Ways That Credit Cards […]

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Q&A: Budgeting for new college grads

Dear Liz: My son will be graduating from college this June. He is fortunate to have already landed a good job, starting in August, and will be managing his own finances for the first time. His company provides a full benefits package, retirement fund, profit-sharing, a hiring bonus and all that good stuff. I’d like […]

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Q&A: Thrift Savings Plan

Dear Liz: I turned 50 last year but did not make the catch-up contributions I was eligible to make to my government Thrift Savings Plan. This mistake cost me approximately $5,000 in additional taxes in 2014. To make matters worse, my wife also did not make catch-up contributions in 2014 or for the previous four […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to increase you credit card limit. Also in the news: The money mistakes empty nesters make, the terms every homebuyer should know, and the biggest threats to your retirement. 5 Ways to Get a Higher Credit Card Limit What to do when you need more spending power. 3 Money Mistakes Empty […]

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How planners get paid–and how that can, should and will change

The best way to pay a financial planner is directly through fees you pay, rather than indirectly through commissions. That way, you don’t have to worry that the advice you’re getting is influenced by how much your advisor stands to gain by selling you certain investments. But most fee-only planners have adopted the “assets under […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Starbucks is the latest hacker’s delight. Also in the news: Getting control over your spending, advice that could ruin your retirement, and money fears that could sabotage your net worth. Reports: Hackers Targeting Starbucks Mobile Users How to protect your caffeine fix. 3 Tips for Getting Control Over Your Spending Reining it […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The right way to close a credit card. Also in the news: Financial tools you no longer need, determining how much college tuition you can afford, and how baby boomers can survive retirement. What’s the Right Way to Close a Credit Card? How you say goodbye matters. 5 Financial Tools You No […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to negotiate your medical bills. Also in the news: How to file a financial aid appeal, gifts to set graduates off on the right financial foot, and ways to maximize Social Security benefits. 7 Tips for Negotiating Medical Bills You don’t have to pay $7.00 for that aspirin. How To File […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: Understanding the difference between a credit card and a charge card. Also in the news: Why using a credit card for financial emergencies isn’t always a good idea, the fees of 13 major airlines, and why you shouldn’t trust most retirement calculators. What’s the Difference Between a Charge Card & a Credit […]

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