Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: When to ignore credit card advice. Also in the news: More Wells Fargo refunds are coming after $1 billion fine, how SunTrust customers can protect themselves after data breach, and how to live it up without going broke before you die.

When to Ignore Credit Card Advice
Conventional wisdom doesn’t always apply.

More Wells Fargo Refunds Coming After $1 Billion Fine
Auto and home loan customers could have money coming to them.

How SunTrust Customers Can Protect Themselves After Data Breach
Another day, another data breach.

How to live it up without going broke before you die
You deserve to have some fun.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Why tax refunds aren’t fun anymore. Also in the news: 12 first-time home buyer mistakes and how to avoid them, 9 easy ways to earn travel rewards you’ll actually use, and Equifax says hackers stole more info than previously reported.

Why Tax Refunds Aren’t Fun Anymore
No more splurging.

12 First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Avoiding the pitfalls.

9 Easy Ways to Earn Travel Rewards You’ll Actually Use
These rewards won’t collect dust.

Equifax says hackers stole more than previously reported
Roughly 2.4 million more.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: It’s tax scam season. Here’s when to call shenanigans. Also in the news: Starting with a budget when planning a wedding, how to find good, cheap stocks, and a major data breach at the Marine Forces Reserve.

Planning a Wedding? Start With the Budget
Setting reasonable expectations.

It’s Tax Scam Season. Here’s When to Call Shenanigans
Pay close attention.

4 Steps to Finding Good, Cheap Stocks
Tips for beginners.

Major data breach at Marine Forces Reserve impacts thousands
Social Security numbers, banks transfers and other personal info has been leaked.

Equifax just changed the rest of your life

Adding freezes to your credit reports is an appropriate response to the massive Equifax database breach that exposed the private information of 143 million Americans.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking those freezes will keep you safe, however.

Credit freezes lock down your credit reports in a way that should prevent “new account fraud,” or bogus accounts being opened in your name. But there are so many other ways the bad guys can use the information they stole, which included Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses and some driver’s license numbers. In my latest for the Associated Press, find out the other ways the Equifax breach will affect your life for years to come.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: 3 options to save for your child’s college education. Also in the news: Yahoo and your credit cards, a personal finance checklist for 40-somethings, and how not to blow your pay raise.

3 Options to Save for Your Child’s College Education
A look at different savings plans.

Will Yahoo Breach Compromise Credit Cards? Probably Not
But you should still check your credit and change your passwords.

The 6-Point Personal Finance Checklist for 40-Somethings
It’s a great time to get your finances in order.

If you got a pay raise, here’s how not to blow it
Making the most of your pay increase.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

pokemon-goToday’s top story: Protecting your kids and your data while playing Pokemon GO. Also in the news: Bankruptcy means test, the hidden student loan cost no one talks about, and what to do when you’ve been dumped by your bank.

Pokémon Go: How to Keep Your Kids and Your Data Safe
Gotta catch ’em all!

The Bankruptcy Means Test: What It Is, Why It Matters
Determining your bankruptcy eligibility.

The Hidden Student Loan Cost No One Talks About
Introducing interest capitalization.

Help! My Bank Dumped Me
What to do when your bank breaks up with you.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

321562-data-breachesToday’s top story: The excuses that are keeping you from being debt-free. Also in the news: A major data breach at Time-Warner Cable, smart ways to spend your tax refund, and why most Americans couldn’t handle a surprise $500 bill.

5 Excuses Keeping You From Being Debt-Free
No more excuses.

If you’re a Time-Warner Cable customer, you should change your passwords immediately
The first big data breach of 2016.

9 Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund
Some are unexpected.

Most Americans can’t handle a $500 surprise bill
Living on the financial edge.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

refinancingToday’s top story: The most affordable places to buy a home. Also in the news: Millions of T-Mobile customers have their data breached, five things you were never told about your home loan, and popular rules of thumb that can wreck your finances.

The Most Affordable Places to Buy a Home in America
Some of these may suprise you.

Millions of T-Mobile Customers Exposed in Experian Breach
What to do if T-Mobile is your carrier.

5 Things They Never Told You About Your Home Loan
Make sure you’re buying the right amount of house.

5 Popular Rules of Thumb That Can Wreck Your Finances
Time for a little mythbusting.

12 Things You Should Never Do With Your Money
Don’t even think about cashing your paycheck.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

imagesToday’s top story: How some of your back-to-school expenses could be tax deductible. Also in the news: Paying taxes on free credit monitoring, money saving tips for when you’re earning minimum wage, and ten financial vocabulary terms you absolutely need to know.

Some Back-to-School Expenses Could Be Tax-Deductible
Back-to-school expenses could be a little less painful.

Data Breach Victims: Will You Have to Pay Taxes on Free Credit Monitoring?
Double the insult?

3 Money-Saving Tips When You’re Earning Minimum Wage
Making your money last longer.

10 financial vocabulary terms you should know
There will be a quiz!

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: What you need to know about the huge US data breach. Also in the news: What lenders are looking for, checking in on your financial health, and making sure your extra student loan payments are going to the right place.

The Massive U.S. Government Hack: What You Need to Know
Four million current and former federal employees are at risk.

Lenders Look at More Than Just Your Credit Score
What lenders are looking for.

6 Telltale Signs You’re in Great Financial Health
Taking your financial temperature.

Make Sure Your Extra Student Loan Payment is Applied Correctly
Make sure it’s going to the principal, not the interest.