Thursday’s need-to-know money news

business girl with shopping bagsToday’s top story: How to find the best deals for Memorial Day sales. Also in the news: Money mistakes to avoid for new grads, why Americans are pretty clueless about their credit cards and scores, and deciding what to do with an old 401(k).

Memorial Day Sales: How to Snag a Good Deal, Guaranteed
The most bang for your buck.

New Grads: Avoid These 5 Money Mistakes
Don’t start off on the wrong foot.

Survey: Americans are pretty clueless on credit cards and scores
We need to do better.

To Roll Over or Not to Roll Over: What to Do With That Old 401(k)
What works best for you?

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

money-vacation-saveToday’s top story: How leaving a 401(k) behind after a job change could cost you. Also in the news: A debt avalanche, the five best store credit cards, and money-saving tips for your next family vacation.

Leaving 401(k) Behind After Job Change Could Be Costly
You CAN take it with you.

What Is a Debt Avalanche?
Yesterday’s debt snowball just got a lot bigger.

The 5 best store credit cards
Who has the best perks?

3 money-saving tips for your next family trip
Leaving more money for souvenirs!

Friday’s need-to-know money news

imagesToday’s top story: How life insurance can affect your estate taxes. Also in the news: Money tips for new workers, 401(k) tips for when you quit your job, and important money lessons for kids under 5.

How Life Insurance Can Affect Estate Taxes
Life insurance comes into play if you have a sizeable estate.

4 Money Tips for New Workers
Using your paycheck strategically.

Roll over or not? Smart 401(k) moves when you quit your job
Don’t lose out on your contributions.

3 Important Money Lessons Kids Under 5 Should Know
It’s never too early to start.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

invest-emergency-fundToday’s top story: How to build an emergency fund. Also in the news: Social Security mistakes to avoid, the best way to save for a down payment on a home, and what happens when your 401(k) gets too big?

How to Build an Emergency Fund
Creating a financial buffer.

Don’t Make These 3 Social Security Mistakes
Social Security isn’t one size fits all.

The best way to save for a down payment
Where you should keep your money before making a purchase.

Can your 401(k) account be too big?
How to avoid penalties and extra taxes.

Best Leap Day Sales and Deals of 2016
It only happens once every four years!

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

18ixgvpiu0s24jpgToday’s top story: Why Millennials fear filing taxes online. Also in the news: Using the 4% Rule to determine when you can retire, tips for doing your own taxes, and five things you should never do with your 401(k).

Millennials Fear Filing Taxes More than Most Americans, NerdWallet Survey Finds
Using screens for everything BUT filing taxes.

Can I Retire Now? Use the 4% Rule to Find Out
Retirement could be closer than you think.

31 Tips When Doing Your Own Taxes
Pay attention, Millennials.

5 things you should never do with a 401(k)
When owning a lot of company stock isn’t a good thing.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Credit card backgroundToday’s top story: The credit card mistakes you make every year. Also in the news: How to make a stress-free loan to your adult kids, how to bounce back from a financial setback, and the questions you should ask your employer about your 401(k).

5 Credit Card Mistakes You Repeat Every Year
Breaking the cycle.

Still Playing Parental ATM? How To Make A Hassle-Free Loan To Your Adult Kids
Handling a stressful situation.

8 Ways to Bounce Back From a Financial Setback
Don’t become complacent.

10 Big 401(k) Questions to Ask Your Employer
Getting the 411 on your 401(k).

Monday’s need-to-know money news

interest-rates-300x225Today’s top story: What you need to know about a potential interest rate hike. Also in the news: An education tax credit that could save you $2500, how to save money on your next vacation, and how to calculate how much you’ll lose by cashing out an old 401(k).

Rates Are About to Rise: Here’s What You Need to Know
Be prepared.

Could an educational tax credit save you $2,500 this year?
Let’s find out.

5 ways to save money on your next vacation
Alternatives to coming home broke.

This Calculator Shows How Much You’ll Lose by Cashing Out an Old 401(k)
Should you cash out?

Q&A: 401(k) followup

Dear Liz: Your reply about what to do with a 401(k) after someone leaves a job was off base, in my opinion.

You advised the questioner to leave the 401(k) with the former employer until it could be rolled over to a new 401(k) with a new employer. Wouldn’t it be better to roll over the old 401(k) to an IRA? An IRA offers more control and better investment options than a 401(k).

Answer: More is not necessarily better. Some people appreciate the chance to diversify their investments by using a rollover IRA. Many others, however, have no need for thousands of investment options and in fact could be paralyzed by so many choices.

The investment options available for IRAs also can be more expensive than what’s typically available in large company plans. These 401(k)s often offer institutional funds with low expense ratios that are unavailable to retail investors.

Finally, 401(k)s have better protection from creditors than IRAs if the worker is sued or files for bankruptcy, although that won’t be an issue for the vast majority of savers.

People can protect an unlimited amount of money in a 401(k), while IRA protection is limited to $1,245,475.

Keeping an account with an old employer, or rolling it over to a new one, won’t be the right solution for everyone. But neither is an IRA rollover—despite what brokerage houses that profit from IRA rollovers may tell you.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

18ixgvpiu0s24jpgToday’s top story: How to save for retirement without a 401(k). Also in the news: Checking your 401(k) fees, the tax consequences of renting your home on Airbnb, and smart money moves for soldiers and military veterans.

5 Ways to Save for Retirement Besides a 401K
401(k) alternatives.

Why You Should Check Your 401(k) Plan’s Fees
Looking out for dents in your nest egg.

Renting Your Home On Airbnb? Be Aware Of The Tax Consequences
That extra cash could be costly.

5 Smart Money Moves for Soldiers and Military Veterans
Defending your finances.

Beware Lifestyle Inflation When Your Home’s Equity Increases
Avoid spending more.