Monday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: A guide to dealing with debt collectors. Also in the news: Steps you can take to avoid tax identity theft, the advantages of a 30-year mortgage, and what to do when a relative hits you up for money. The Ultimate Guide to Debt Collectors How to handle some of the world’s least […]

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Seven mistakes to avoid on financial aid forms

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Millions of families will fill out a key financial aid form in coming weeks, many for the first time. Unfortunately, mistakes on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are easy to make, education experts said. Here are some of the most costly errors to avoid: 1. Failing to file […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: A simple way to help your credit. Also in the news: Financial fasting, the best financial resolutions for the New Year, and why you’re not being paid what you’re worth. What’s the Simplest Thing I Can Do to Help My Credit? This one thing could make a huge difference. Should You Go […]

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How long will “back door” Roth conversions be allowed?

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Wealthier taxpayers are doing a two-step around Roth income limits by putting money into regular IRAs and then promptly converting the accounts to Roths. They’re taking advantage of Congress’ decision to remove the previous $100,000 income limit for conversions. That decision, which took effect in 2010, led to a conversion boom: $64.8 billion transferred from […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Understanding your credit reports. Also in the news: Sticking to your financial resolutions, the pros and cons of money apps, and confessing your deep, dark money secrets to your financial advisor. How to Read Your Credit Reports How to make sure you’re finding any and all errors. The 3 Pitfalls Likely To […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Five credit card mistakes that you can fix. Also in the news: Staying financially fit in the new year, making 2014 the year you get out of debt, and how to give your paycheck a boost. 5 Credit Card Mistakes You Can Fix How to right credit card wrongs. 5 Ways to […]

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How couples can agree on a retirement plan

Dear Liz: My husband and I are 56. We need to plan for retirement, but whenever the topic comes up, I find that either we have no idea or we disagree on what we will do during our retirement. Naturally, our activities during retirement will affect the funds we will need. We need help to […]

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Explore other options before foreclosure

Dear Liz: Two years ago we moved to another state. Our old house hasn’t sold in that time, as the housing market there is terrible. We have it listed for $255,000 and owe $242,000. A recent appraisal came back at $190,000 to $205,000 despite the fact that it’s in good condition and only 11 years […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: Making sense of your credit report. Also in the news: Protecting your credit cards from data theft, four bills you may be able to eliminate in 2014, and the benefits of joining a credit union. The 5 Most Confusing Things on Your Credit Report Unlocking the mysteries of your credit report. How […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: Improving your budget in 2014. Also in the news: The little things that are killing your budget, eliminating excuse making, and how to start digging out from under holiday bills. How to Budget Better in the New Year Smart budgeting is essential to your financial health. 5 Small Things That Are Killing […]

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