Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to put your money where your politics are. Also in the news: What not to buy until Black Friday, a stock market outlook for fall, and you can now file your FAFSA from your phone. How to Put Your Money Where Your Politics Are Voting with your wallet. Black Friday Is […]

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Q&A: How much should you pay your financial advisor?

Dear Liz: With my advisor’s blessing, I took one of my brokerage accounts and converted it from stocks to mutual funds that charge an aggregate fee of 0.26%. Not too bad, but my advisor insists that he still must charge his standard 1% fee on top. I know of other people whose advisors dropped their […]

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Q&A: Finding a place for Mom

Dear Liz: Our mom is a recent widow, living in Seattle in a house that’s over 100 years old and worth about $1.2 million. She’s anxious about things going wrong, such as a recent sewer system repair to the tune of $10,000. She wants to have less uncertainty about her finances in general, live in […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Don’t let magical thinking jinx retirement. Also in the news: How to live with your first credit card’s low limit, legal complaint puts student debt relief companies in the crosshairs, and a decade after the housing crisis, foreclosures still haunt homeowners. Don’t Let Magical Thinking Jinx Retirement Planning Money won’t suddenly begin […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to write a will that won’t trigger a family feud. Also in the news: Bundling insurance doesn’t always save money, Millennials are doing just fine with their finances, and deciding if you can afford to have kids. How to Write a Will That Won’t Trigger a Family Feud Keeping the peace […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: One couple’s real estate journey to a home in Philadelphia. Also in the news: What rising DTI limits mean for your next mortgage, why the cashless trend doesn’t have all shoppers sold, and bad money habits you could be guilty of. How I bought a home in Philadelphia One couple’s real estate […]

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How to write a will that won’t trigger a family feud

Creating an estate plan is a gift to the people you leave behind. By expressing your wishes, you’re trying to guide your loved ones at a difficult, emotional time. All too often, though, well-meaning people do things destined to create discord, rancor and resentment among their heirs. What looks good on paper may play out […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How an engineer digs out of $100,000 in loans. Also in the news: What to do if Hurricane Florence hits your home and/or mortgage, 3 low-stress ways to invest for retirement, and the pros and cons of identity monitoring. Debt Diary: How an Engineer Digs Out of $100,000 in Loans Accounting for […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Why your financial advisor has a financial advisor. Also in the news: Is a rent-to-own home right for you, what really matters with your first credit card, and why FICO credit scores are now at their highest levels ever. Why Your Financial Advisor Has a Financial Advisor Taking off the blinders. Is […]

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Q&A: Why it’s important to pay bills on time

Dear Liz: I recently checked one of those free credit score sites and saw three delinquent department store accounts from over a year ago. I was 30 days late but paid all three accounts in full last year. What can I do to remove that from my credit report? Answer: You can ask the store […]

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