Q&A: Credit card debt and surviving spouses

Dear Liz: You’ve answered a number of questions regarding credit card debt when a person dies. But I haven’t quite seen the answer I need. If a spouse dies, and the remaining spouse is not on the credit card account, is it still the responsibility of the survivor to pay the card? Does the answer […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to store and protect your personal financial information. Also in the news: How financial fear can be your ally, keeping your kids out of debt, and how to plan for retirement when your employer doesn’t offer one. How to store personal financial information Keeping your information private and safe. 4 ways […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to handle frustration with your financial advisor. Also in the news: Making your frequent flier miles work harder, easing your anxieties over savings, and what to do with the 401(k) from your last job. What to Do When You’re Fed Up With Your Financial Advisor It’s time for a sit-down. Make […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Social-Security-benefits

Today’s top story: With the holidays comes identity theft. Also in the news: What divorcees need to know about Social Security, a different way to budget, and how money can wreck your marriage (but it doesn’t have to). The 12 Scams of Christmas ‘Tis the season to protect your identity. What Older Divorcees Need to […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The United States Postal Service is the latest victim of a data breach. Also in the news: The most common money mistakes made by people of all ages, your best defense against credit card fraud, and why retirement isn’t what it used to be. US Postal Service Suffers Data Breach Here we […]

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Why millennials aren’t saving

Savings rates for adults under 35 plunged from 5 percent in 2009 to a negative 2 percent, according to Moody’s Analytics, and the consequences are potentially huge. Here’s how a Wall Street Journal writer put it: “A lack of savings increases the vulnerability of young workers in the postrecession economy, leaving many without a financial […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: A surprising way identity theft can hurt your credit. Also in the news: Tips on how to manage major bills, rethinking retirement for Millennials, and financial tips for veterans from military experts. The Surprising Way an Identity Thief Can Hurt Your Credit Pay close attention to hard inquiries. Utilize the Half Payment […]

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Q&A: Who is responsible for credit card debt after death?

Dear Liz: My mother, who is widowed, has credit card debt. When she dies, are my sister and I responsible for that debt? There is no estate, but she does have a small amount of life insurance that mainly would go toward her funeral expenses and fixing things in her home to get it ready […]

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Q&A: Debit card fraud follow-up

Dear Liz: Regarding your recent answer regarding a mysterious debit charge, I beg to differ with your quoted source, Odysseas Papadimitriou of Evolution Finance, who said it was unlikely to be fraud. It took me all of 30 seconds to search online for “credit card fraud small amount” and found multiple reliable sites dedicated to […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to calculate your retirement number. Also in the news: Hilton HHonors program suffers a data breach, the biggest mistakes people make when saving for retirement, and a beginner’s guide to taxes for newly married couples. 3 Ways to Calculate Your Retirement Number Determining how much you need to retire. Newest Target […]

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