Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to make a money resolution that succeeds. Also in the news: Cashless kids’ allowances, 3 things to know about Spotify’s IPO, and why you should prioritize your job’s 401(k) benefits over offers of student loan help.

Ask Brianna: How Do I Make a Money Resolution That Succeeds?
How to stick with it.

For Kids’ Allowance, No Cash Required
Preparing your kids for life in the digital world.

Spotify’s Oddball IPO: 3 Things to Know Before You Buy
The streaming service is going public.

Prioritize Your Job’s 401(k) Benefits Over Their Offers of Student Loan Help
Taking the long view.

6 money resolutions you can actually keep

Let’s face the grim truth: Those 10 pounds you want to lose will likely be among your New Year’s resolutions next year, too.

If you really want a sense of accomplishment, take care of money tasks that don’t require ongoing discipline and that you typically don’t have to repeat every year. In my latest for the Associated Press, what you can do to create a sense of progress towards your financial goals.

What the Fed rate hike means to you, and your wallet

For everyone who has been saying interest rates can only go up, well – now is their time. But what does the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise interest rates actually mean for your wallet?

Probably not much for the near-term.

One small interest rate hike of one-quarter of a percentage point is unlikely to have much impact on your budget, but that does not mean you should ignore the Fed’s first rate increase since 2006.

In my latest for Reuters, what to expect as a result of the hike.

In my latest for MoneyWatch, three money resolutions for 2016 – and how to keep them.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The scary statistics of identity theft. Also in the news: A money checklist for 2014, financial resolutions for the new year, and what will cost more in ’14.

These Identity Theft Statistics Are Even Scarier Than You’d Expect
Don’t become a statistic.

Your New Year Money Checklist
Preparing your money for the new year.

5 Financial Resolutions You Need to Make
And stick to!

6 Things That Will Cost More in 2014

7 Ways To Be Better At Your Job In 2014
What you can do to increase your job security.