Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

payday-loansToday’s top story: Financial aid tips for procrastinators. Also in the news: Auto insurance in the driverless car era, payday alternative loans, and six ways your teen driver will affect your wallet.

4 Financial Aid Tips for College Procrastinators
Don’t waste any more time.

If You Hate Auto Insurance, You’ll Love Driverless Cars
A change in who’s to blame for accidents.

What Is a Payday Alternative Loan?
Avoiding the traditional payday loan trap.

6 Ways Your Teen Driver Will Affect Your Wallet
It’s more expensive than you’d think.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Snip20160808_4Today’s top story: How not to pick a bank. Also in the news: bank accounts that foster independence for disabled people, how to pick the right college to avoid student debt, and newly updated government rules to help homeowners facing foreclosure.

How Not to Pick a Bank
Forget about the free toaster.

ABLE Accounts Help Foster Independence for Disabled People
Building financial independence.

Pick the Right College to Avoid Student Debt
Looking at college as an investment.

The Government Updated Its Rules to Help Homeowners Facing Foreclosure
What’s new from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

money-vacation-saveToday’s top story: Overcoming the obstacles between you and retirement. Also in the news: What the President wants to tell college students, what happens when your debt goes to collections, and how to pay less for staying cool this summer.

5 Obstacles Between You and Retirement (and How to Overcome Them)
Clearing the pathway to a solid retirement.

5 Things the President Wants to Tell College Students
Messages for students and student loan borrowers.

What Happens When Your Debt Goes to a Collector?
Not every debt collection process is the same.

Stay cool, but pay less for electricity this summer
Your wallet’s hot enough.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

common-retirement-mistakesToday’s top story: College counselors spill financial aid secrets. Also in the news: How to tell if you’re on track for retirement, why new grads have a huge retirement savings advantage, and the 401(k) mistakes that could cost you a bundle.

College Counselors Spill 6 Financial Aid Secrets
Get the inside scoop.

Do the Math to Tell If You’re on Track for Retirement
Checking your progress.

New grads have a huge retirement savings advantage
How much will you have in 40 years?

The 401(k) Mistakes That Could Cost You a Bundle
Pay close attention.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

scamToday’s top story: The red flags of a toxic online loan. Also in the news: What to do when you can’t get enough financial aid, why 43% of Millennials have bad credit, and 10 questions to help start getting your financial life in order.

5 Red Flags of a Toxic Online Loan
Who are you really borrowing from?

Can’t Get Enough Financial Aid? Here’s What to Do
Take a deep breath.

43% of Millennials Have Bad Credit, TransUnion Says
Subprime scores.

Get Your Financial Life In Order By Answering These 10 Questions
Taking the first steps.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

budgetToday’s top story: How to earn more interest on your money. Also in the news: When and how to appeal a financial aid award, what you need to know about estate planning, and how keeping your finances simple can ensure you staying on top of them.

4 Ways to Earn More Interest on Your Money
Making your money work for you.

When and How to Appeal a Financial Aid Award
Asking for more.

Do I need a will? What to know about estate planning
YES.

Keep Your Finances Simple to Ensure You Stay On Top of Them
Don’t overcomplicate things.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: Buying credit and identity theft monitoring. Also in the news: Financial aid appeal tactics, why we’re still swiping our credit cards, and how to look at living on a budget as an opportunity.

Should You Buy Credit and Identity Theft Monitoring?
What to look for.

7 Financial Aid Appeal Tactics To Improve Your Child’s College Aid Award
Making the case for more aid.

Why Are We Still Swiping Our Credit Cards?
Where are all the chips?

Why You Should Think of Frugality as an Opportunity, Not a Sacrifice
A different way of looking at living on a budget.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

money-down-the-drainToday’s top story: Home improvements that don’t pay off in the long run. Also in the news: How to build a budget, easy ways to vet financial aid offers, and how to lay the financial groundwork for a career change.

4 Home Improvements That Don’t Pay (and 4 Better Options)
How to avoid turning your home into a money pit.

How to Build a Budget
Step by step.

Three Easy Ways to Vet Financial Aid Offers
What to ask when deciding on offers.

How to Survive a Career Change
Laying the financial groundwork in advance.

Q&A: Saving and investing for a child

Dear Liz: I recently got a court judgment for my daughter’s father to pay me child support. She is 1 year old, and it will be about $1,500 a month. I would like this money to be a gift for her when she is older. I’m told not to put it in her name now, as it may hurt her chance for financial aid for college later. How do you recommend I save and invest it for her? I’d like her to have it when she is a young adult.

Answer: This could be quite a gift for a young woman. If the money earned a 5% average annual return over time, you could be presenting her with a check for half a million dollars.

Consider putting at least some of the money in a 529 college savings plan. Withdrawals from these plans are tax-free when used to pay qualified college expenses. College savings plans receive favorable treatment in financial aid formulas because they’re considered an asset of the contributor (typically the parent), rather than the child.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: Your FAFSA just became a bit shorter. Also in the news: How to determine how much house you can afford, eight surprising things that are taxable, and a new job perk that could pay off your student loans.

Renewal FAFSA: Why It’s Easier and Why You Should Complete It Now
The clock is ticking.

Two Ways to Determine How Much House You Can Afford
Avoiding a money pit.

8 Surprising Things That Are Taxable
Uncle Sam wants his cut.

This New Job Perk Could Pay Off Your Student Loans
But is it a good idea?

What the ATM of the future will look like
Banking meets The Jetsons.