Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to use autopay to boost your bottom line. Also in the news: 5 credit card habits to take to college and beyond, investing when you’re not bullish on the bull market and reviewing the best mobile payment systems.

How to Use Autopay to Boost Your Bottom Line
Automating payments can make your life much easier while also boosting your savings and credit rating.

5 Credit Card Habits to Take to College and Beyond
Time to embrace your budget.

Investing When You’re Not Bullish on the Bull Market
The clock is ticking on this market.

The Best Mobile Payment Systems
Consumer Reports takes on ApplePay, Venmo and more.

Can you afford to help your kid start a business?

Amazon. Chipotle. GoPro.

These household-name businesses were launched thanks to investments by the founders’ parents. But parents also have sunk plenty of money into their offsprings’ doomed enterprises, sometimes endangering their retirements and family relationships in the process.

In my latest for the Associated Press, how not to offer money you can’t afford to lose.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How 1% savings hikes can spice up retired life by $1 million. Also in the news: 7 ways to save at Disneyland, why you shouldn’t let a down payment scare you from buying a home, and how Millennial men and women invest differently.

1% Savings Hikes Can Spice Up Retired Life by $1 Million
The earlier start, the better the boost.

7 Ways to Save at Disneyland — No Magic Required
Keeping your money away from the Mouse.

Don’t Let a Down Payment Scare You Off
Help is available for first-time buyers.

401(k) investing: How Millennial men and women invest differently
It goes back to childhood.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Here’s how much you should have saved by 30. Also in the news: Taking the smart investor’s vow: to buy and to hold, getting real about the cost of an average retirement, and the MyHeritage hack affects 92 million customers.

Here’s How Much You Should Have Saved by 30
The magic number.

Take the Smart Investor’s Vow: to Buy and to Hold
In it for the long haul.

Let’s Get Real: What an Average Retirement Costs
Breaking down the numbers.

MyHeritage hack affects 92 million customers, reveals more risks with genealogy sites
Another day, another data breach.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 6 ways to build your credit in less than an hour. Also in the news: Investing in international stocks, why you should invest in the stock market even if it scares you, and where to find the best Memorial Day sales.

6 Ways to Build Your Credit in Less Than an Hour
60 minutes to better credit.

Investing in International Stocks: A Road Map
Diving into the international market.

Invest in the Stock Market, Even if It Scares You
Take a deep breath.

Where to Find the Best Memorial Day Sales
Find the best savings.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What is synthetic identity theft? Also in the news: The top 5 places to invest in for new grads, why more credit cards are helping you speed through airport security, and what you don’t know about foreign transaction fees.

What Is Synthetic Identity Theft?
Imaginary applicants with very real data.

New Grads: Here Are the Top 5 Places to Invest
Where to put your money.

Why More Credit Cards Help You Speed Through Airport Security
Skipping those long TSA lines.

What You Don’t Know About Foreign Transaction Fees
All of your overseas purchases could be racking up fees.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Seeking smart, funny – and a credit score above 700. Also in the news: Wellness travel helps you tune up or tune out, what you need to know about investing in IPOs, and a major tax mistake to avoid if you have student loans.

Seeking Smart, Funny — and a Credit Score Above 700
Your credit score could impact your dating options.

Wellness Travel Helps You Tune Up or Tune Out
Getting in touch with what matters.

What You Need to Know About Investing in IPOs
Proceed with caution.

Got student loans? Don’t make this major tax mistake
Don’t forget to deduct your interest.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 6 tricks to kick credit card debt quicker. Also in the news: Why Millennials are good at saving but not investing, how to make Fed rate hikes work for you, and what Toys R Us closing means for shoppers.

6 Tricks to Kick Credit Card Debt Quicker
It doesn’t have to feel like torture.

Millennials Are Good at Saving. But Investing? Not So Much
What’s keeping Millennials away from the market.

How to Make Fed Rate Hikes Work for You
Give your savings account a boost.

What Toys ‘R’ Us closing means for shoppers
Use those gift cards ASAP.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The most and least affordable places to buy a home. Also in the news: 3 investments that aren’t actually investments, why credit card rewards may lose their sparkle, and how to ask for a raise.

The Most and Least Affordable Places to Buy a Home
Some of these may surprise you.

3 Investments That Aren’t Actually Investments
The true definition of investment.

Credit Card Rewards May Lose Sparkle, but Not Value
Rewards could get a lot more personal.

Use This Formula to Ask for a Raise
Getting what you’re worth.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 4 blunders to avoid when doing your own taxes. Also in the news: What to do if your W-2 is missing, 6 key investing concepts, and why there’s no such thing as a dumb question when it comes to money.

Doing Your Own Taxes? Pros Say Avoid These 4 Blunders
Getting it right the first time.

What to Do If Your W-2 Is MIA
You have options.

6 Investing Key Concepts — in Plain English
Understanding the basics.

Don’t Let the Fear of Looking Stupid Lead to Money Mistakes
There’s no such thing as a dumb question.