Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Tax mistakes newlyweds make and how to avoid them. Also in the news: What financial documents are safe to shred, how to rebuild your credit after a bankruptcy, and tips on negotiating a higher salary. 5 Tax Mistakes Newlyweds Make It’s a whole new tax world. Drowning in bank statements, etc.? Here’s […]

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Q&A: Student loans and mortgages

Dear Liz: I recently completed a master’s degree in counseling and am now paying student loans. I am punctual and consistent in my payments. How does having a $30,000 outstanding student loan look to home lenders? We recently sold our home and moved. We are planning to buy another home and have a large down […]

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Q&A: Divorce and mortgages

Dear Liz: Our daughter was divorced in 2012 from her husband of 20 years. He still lives in the house they shared and she lives elsewhere. He pays the mortgage. When she asks him to remove her name from the mortgage, he says she is harassing him. What are her legal options and steps to […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What Yoda would say if he were your financial adviser. Also in the news: Why the IRA will audit you, why waiting for perfect finances is futile, and how your New Year’s Resolutions can actually hurt your credit. 10 things Yoda would say if he were your financial adviser Save money, you […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: 9 states where you can freeze your credit for free. Also in the news: Giving your grown kids the gift of money smarts, tax deductions that could lead to an audit, and why an FSA is a great investment. 9 States Where You Can Freeze Your Credit for Free Protecting yourself from […]

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Fed interest rate hike means it’s time to review your credit cards

You may hardly notice the first Federal Reserve rate increase in nearly a decade, but it makes now a good time to consider making changes to the credit cards you use. If you carry a balance, you may be able to reduce the future cost of your debt. If you don’t, you should be looking […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to break up with your financial advisor. Also in the news: How to save on remodeling costs, what happens to your debt after you die, and the perfect stocking stuffer for your future investor. Breaking up with your Financial Advisor Protecting your best interests. Remodeling? Refinancing With a 203(k) Loan Can […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The pros and cons of e-gift cards. Also in the news: Why you’re likely to pay more for auto insurance in 2016, why couples should tackle estate planning now, and a guide to holiday tipping. Are E-Gift Cards Safe? Here’s What to Know Making holiday shopping easier. Here’s Why Your Auto Insurance […]

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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 a potential interest rate hike. Also in the news: An education tax credit that could save you $2500, how to save money on your next vacation, and how to calculate how much you’ll lose by cashing out an old 401(k). Rates Are About to Rise: Here’s […]

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Q&A: Car for a 16-year old

Dear Liz: My son is almost 16 and has his heart set on a used luxury convertible. We have found a few that are priced at about $23,000 with about 50,000 miles. We are debating whether this is the right choice for him. The type he wants is not overpowered (it has a six-cylinder engine), […]

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