A whole lot of shredding going on

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Tax season has begun, which means it’s time to start organizing paperwork–and purging files. When I wrote “Easy Money” in 2007, I was this close to paperless nirvana. Our bills were paid automatically, most of our statements were electronic, and I looked forward to the day when my file cabinets would be so empty they […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: Could your job search be impeded by medical debt? Also in the news: Easy steps for a complete money makeover, the future of identity theft, and details on the new MyRa retirement savings plan. Could Your Medical Debt Keep You From Getting a Job? Not if Senator Warren has her way. 9 […]

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Reverse mortgages: No longer a last resort?

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Many financial planners view reverse mortgages as a last resort—expensive and unwise except for those who have no other options. Recent research and changes in the federal reverse mortgage program are starting to change those views, planner Michael Kitces told a group at the AICPA Advanced Financial Planning Conference in Las Vegas last week. It […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Just how safe are your credit cards? Also in the news: Your hidden credit score, purchasing life insurance, and how you can get your financial resolutions back on track. Could Your Credit Card Be Safer? How the U.S. stacks up against other countries in credit card security. How Lenders Use Your Hidden […]

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Baby coming? What to consider before you quit

Dear Liz: My husband and I have decided that next year we want to have a baby. So we have at minimum a year and nine months to make sure we’re financially prepared. I did some cursory Googling and I’m already a bit overwhelmed. I’m not sure where to start. I know I should figure […]

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Find a better credit card

Dear Liz: One of my credit cards offers mediocre rewards — mainly an online store where I can use points to buy products I don’t really need. I would like a card from the same company that offers better rewards, but this is my oldest credit card and I don’t want to hurt my credit […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: How small business owners should plan for retirement. Also in the news: Picking the right credit card for college students, mistakes to avoid when you’re buying insurance, and what to do when bankruptcy is your only option. Retirement plans for small business owners Tailoring a plan to fit your needs. How to […]

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Four college financial aid maneuvers that can backfire

LOS ANGELES, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Spiraling college costs can tempt families to stretch the truth trying to get more financial aid. These methods carry significant risks and may not even work. There are legitimate ways to get better offers (see), but here’s what you want to avoid: 1. Lying about income Tempted to “forget” […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Tips for baby boomers on making out a will. Also in the news: Money moves you can make to start building a successful retirement, credit thieves target Neiman Marcus, and how to build your 401(k) without running out of spending money. What Baby Boomers Need To Know About Making Out A Will […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The retirement moves baby boomers should consider this year. Also in the news: Predictions about the economy, avoiding money scams, and the hottest real estate markets in the country. 5 Retirement Moves Boomers Should Make in 2014 Start learning about Social Security benefits. 5 Predictions About Your Money and the Economy in […]

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