Q&A: Parental identity theft

Dear Liz: I have been dating my boyfriend for about eight months and he recently told me that his dad took out a credit card in his name when he was a baby. He has about $150,000 in debt because of this! This is a very serious, life-changing crime but my boyfriend is reluctant to […]

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Q&A: Credit card useage

Dear Liz: I recently refinanced my home and one of the perks was a 0% interest credit card. The problem is that I have two credit cards and I am happy with them, but I am afraid that having a third will adversely affect my credit score. I have no plans to borrow money in […]

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Q&A: State tax breaks for 529 plans

Dear Liz: You recently answered a question from grandparents who were contributing $20,000 to their grandson’s college education. You correctly told them they did not qualify fdownloador federal education tax credits or deductions because he was not a dependent. You might let grandparents know, however, that they may get a state tax break for contributing […]

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Q&A: Thrift Savings Plan

Dear Liz: I am a federal government retiree with a very small retirement account in the Thrift Savings Plan. Where can I invest my small savings so it can safely grow? The balance has not changed for over six months now. If I keep it in the Thrift Savings Plan, what fund is the safest? […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Beware of new estate planning laws. Reducing your financial stress, what you need to know before buying your first home, and five credit card hacks that can save you money. Your estate plan: Be aware of new laws Introducing portability. 3 Ways You Can Reduce or Remove Your Financial Stress Prioritizing what’s […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How you may be exposing yourself to fraud. Also in the news: Why responsible people can have bad credit scores, tricks advertisers use to make you spend money, and the money nightmares keeping us awake at night. 16 Ways You May Be Exposing Yourself to Fraud Stop being your own worst enemy. […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How a single missed student loan payment can damage your credit. Also in the news: Finding a financial advisor who won’t rip you off, how tax liens can affect a spouse’s credit, and seven fall budget moves you need to make before the holidays begin. Most Students Don’t Get How Bad It […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: College financial aid advice for divorced families. Also in the news: Getting teens to save can have a long term payoff, bad money habits you need to break, and how to make living on a budget less of a slog. College Financial Aid Advice For Divorced Families Navigating through the financial aid […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How your house payments can unexpectedly increase. Also in the news: Why grandparents should be careful with 529 plans, why right now could be the right time to refinance your student loans, and six reasons why early retirement could be a mistake. 4 Ways Your House Payment Could Unexpectedly Go Up Don’t […]

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Q&A: Paying for credit repair

Dear Liz: I’m seeking help in reviewing my credit report and how to fix any issues. I am not financially distressed, but have FICO scores in the 675 range. Could you recommend someone I can hire to assist as I need to refinance a house I bought for cash? Answer: There’s so much fraud in […]

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