Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Simple ways to teach your kids about money. Also in the news: Investing tips for those in their 20s, the best things about buying a house in the fall, and why you should look at frugality as a method instead of a lifestyle. Simple Ways to Teach Your Children About Money It’s […]

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How the Wrong Choice Could Ruin Your Spouse’s Retirement

Three key decisions about retirement benefits can help couples make their money last — or dramatically increase the chances the survivor will end up old and broke. Widowed women are twice as likely as their male counterparts to live in poverty during retirement, according to a March study by the National Institute on Retirement Security. […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to get the most for your old phone. Also in the news: Why starter homes are becoming a thing of the past, five surprising things that could leave you poor, and how to invest your way to a million dollars. How to Sell Your Old Phone Because a newer version is […]

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Q&A: Factors to consider for refinancing into a 15-year mortgage

Dear Liz: I am considering refinancing my home from a 30-year mortgage to a 15-year loan and wondered if it would be a wise decision. I am 57, divorced and make a little over $100,000 a year as a high school teacher (and I plan to keep working until at least age 65). Other than […]

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Q&A: Where to find FICO scores

Dear Liz: I’m looking to buy a car and I’d like to see the FICO scores that lenders use. I already visited MyFico.com, but I want another site that shows my real FICO scores for auto lending. If you could point me in the right direction, that would be great. Answer: You were at the […]

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Q&A: Accessing Social Security account data

Dear Liz: I read your answer to the gentleman trying to locate his W-2 forms to add missing years to his Social Security account. I wonder why, even as you give advice about keeping old W-2 forms indefinitely, you didn’t mention that the Social Security Administration allows everyone who has paid into the system to […]

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Q&A: When to take Social Security benefits

Dear Liz: I’m about to turn 66 and my wife is 60. I plan to delay Social Security benefits until I’m 70. My benefit will be large enough that whenever she starts benefits, her spousal benefit will be larger than what she earned on her own. Here’s the question: I think that the time for […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to avoid ATM fees. Also in the news: The true cost of a bounced check, surprising ways to use your credit card rewards, and the pros and cons of college tuition insurance. How to Avoid ATM Fees You shouldn’t have to pay to access your money. The True Cost of a […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Benefits for Millennials. Also in the news: The downsides of prepaid debit cards, a parents’ guide to insurance for college students, and how your house can save your retirement. Benefits 101 for Millennials: What You Need to Know New job, new perks. Prepaid Debit Cards Are Popular but Still Have Downsides Keep […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Summer tax tips to avoid surprises in April. Also in the news: Common savings mistakes you can fix right now, why mobile banking is only as safe as your app, and four ways Millennials are smarter about money than Baby Boomers. 5 Summer Tax Tips to Avoid Surprises in April It’s never […]

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