Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How Americans sabotage their savings. Also in the news: Ways you can make your children’s college dreams come true, the best credit cards for holiday shopping, and the multitude of ways you can get a free copy of your credit score. 5 Ways Americans Sabotage Their Savings Stop doing them. The Simple […]

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Q&A: Student loans and forgiveness

Dear Liz: I have a rather ugly student loan predicament. You mentioned “the possibility of forgiveness” in a recent column. I feel very strongly that I am deserving (if I dare use that word) of partial or full forgiveness of my undergraduate loans, although the loans from my graduate studies sting quite a bit too. […]

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Q&A: The benefits of loose change

Dear Liz: I just had to giggle at the husband who wanted to save his coin change for an emergency. Yes, this seems so silly now, but back in the day prior to debit cards my mom started saving all her loose change in a coffee can when my husband and I got engaged. Ten […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: Why couples should consider keeping some of their finances separate. Also in the news: Ten ways to give your credit score a boost, six ways to save $1000 by the end of the year, and what the financial world could look like in 2019. Why Couples Shouldn’t Merge All Their Finances The […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Four questions you need to ask before renewing your health insurance. Also in the news: Retirees share their nest egg regrets, how you may be killing your retirement dreams, and how networking on LinkedIn could cost you a job. 4 questions to ask before renewing health coverage Preparing for 2015. Real Retirees […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The everyday things that are hurting your credit. Also in the news: Whipping your 401(k) into shape, how to cope with low interest rates, and the ten best places to retire on Social Security alone. 5 Everyday Things That Hurt Your Credit Your furry best friend could be trouble. How to Whip […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: Yet another data breach hits a major retailer. Also in the news: Five costly Social Security mistakes, which tax breaks will be making a comeback in 2015, and why you should still save money even if you’re in debt. The Kmart Data Breach: What You Need to Do Here we go again. […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: How to discover what personal finance nerds know. Also in the news: How to get a judgment off of your credit report, the high cost of college tuition convenience fees, and what’s really behind all of your financial fears. 10 Things Only Personal Finance Nerds Would Understand We could all stand to […]

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Q&A: Debt obligations and voluntary surrender

Dear Liz: My husband returned a car to the dealer when he lost his job. Now the company says he owes it more than $7,000 (the difference between what he owed to the dealer and the price for which the car was sold). He refuses to pay any amount, but recently he received a letter […]

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Q&A: Roth IRA

Dear Liz: I have a 401(k) that has a required annual distribution because I am over 71 1/2 years old. Can I use this distribution as qualified income to invest in a Roth IRA? I have no W-2 earnings, although I do have other income sources that are reported on 1099 forms. Answer: To contribute […]

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