Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How teachers can ace retirement without Social Security. Also in the news: Why credit cards are serving big restaurant rewards, making sure your spending personality matches your credit cards, and the one mistake that can cost millennials millions.

Teachers: Here’s How to Ace Retirement Without Social Security
It varies from state to state.

Why Credit Cards Are Serving Big Restaurant Rewards
Everyone has to eat.

Does your spending personality match your credit cards?
Make sure you’re earning rewards you’ll actually use.

This one mistake can cost millennials millions
Stop avoiding the stock market.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Why you might be down in an up market. Also in the news: 5 Warren Buffett quotes that can make you a better investor, 5 reasons why pay isn’t rising much for many, and how to get the most out of customer loyalty programs.

This May Be Why You’re Down in an Up Market
Don’t take unnecessary risks.

5 Warren Buffett Quotes Can Make You a Better Investor
Wisdom from The Oracle of Omaha.

Where’s my raise? 5 reasons pay isn’t rising much for many
Wages are stuck in the mud.

How to get the most out of customer loyalty programs
Playing the rewards game.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Stocks at a crossroads: 3 things to watch for in June. Also in the news: Why kids should stash summer job cash in a Roth IRA, millennials are stressed about their finances, and why now is the time to buy a used car.

Stocks at Crossroads: 3 Things to Watch for in June
Watching the market.

Why Kids Should Stash Summer Job Cash in a Roth IRA
It’s never too early to save for retirement.

Study: Millennials are stressing about their finances
Feeling worse off than their Baby Boomer parents.

Why Now Is the Time to Buy a Used Car
Getting the most for your money.

Q&A: Investors need to stop trying to time the market

Dear Liz: My 25-year-old son is a new investor. He put $11,000 ($5,500 each for 2016 and 2017) into an IRA in a money market fund with a discount brokerage firm. He doesn’t want to get into the market yet because he thinks it is in a bubble. I’m afraid with this strategy, he could be sitting there for a long time losing out to inflation. How would you present this argument?

Answer: You might ask him when he plans to enter the market. When stocks fall 10%? 20%? More? If stocks do tumble to his target level, there are likely to be plenty of scary headlines indicating that the market could fall further. Will he be able to follow through on his plan or will he put off investing — and miss the inevitable rise that will follow?

Newbie investors, and even some more experienced ones who should know better, often think that they can time the market. They can’t. They’re better off diving in with a well-diversified portfolio and adding to it regularly without worrying about the day-to-day swings of the market. Your son won’t need this money for decades, so there’s no sense fretting about what might happen tomorrow or next week. Over the next 40 years, he’ll see significant gains — but only if he gets off the sidelines and puts his money to work.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Distinguishing between needs vs. wants and how to budget for both. Also in the news: The pros and cons of an LLC, the bull market’s 8th anniversary, and why you shouldn’t lie on your taxes.

Needs vs. Wants: How to Distinguish and Budget for Both
An important distinction.

LLC: Pros and Cons of a Limited Liability Company
An option for structuring your business.

The Bull Market’s 8th Anniversary in 8 Numbers
8 remarkable facts.

Tempted to lie on your taxes? Here are 4 reasons you shouldn’t
Not worth the risk.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Determining the best way to do your taxes. Also in the news: Refinancing an FHA loan, what’s next for the stock market, and why now is the time to hunt for higher rates on your bank accounts.

Determining the Best Way to Do Your Taxes
Finding the way that works best for you.

FHA Streamline Refinance: 5 Strict Conditions
Meeting the tough requirements.

Trump’s in, Dow Hits 20,000: What’s Next for the Market?
Looking at the market under a new administration.

Now’s the time: Hunt for higher rates on your bank accounts
It’s a year of rising interest rates.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 3 things you should know about the Dow hitting 20,000. Also in the news: Starting 2017 with a financial cleanse, how to protect your finances during a divorce, and tax-preparation tips for early birds.

3 Things You Should Know About the Dow Hitting 20,000
Breaking the 20K mark.

Start 2017 With a Financial Cleanse
Resetting your financial baseline.

4 Ways to Protect Your Finances During a Divorce
Protecting yourself during a difficult time.

January Tax-Preparation Tips for Early Birds
Getting an early start.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Student-LoansToday’s top story: 9 facts about FHA loans. Also in the news: What we learned about the stock market in 2016, 3 student loan resolutions to make in the new year, and why many seniors are having their Social Security cut by student loans.

9 Facts About FHA Loans
What you need to know.

5 Things We Learned About the Stock Market in 2016
A year of moodiness.

3 Student Loan Resolutions for 2017
Make them and stick with them.

For many seniors, student debt eats into Social Security
Social Security checks are being garnished to pay back loans.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

r218451_854528Today’s top story: How to keep calm and carry on in a volatile market. Also in the news: Why paying off your debt could hurt your mortgage chances, what the Super Bowl can teach you about money, and how your 2015 IRA contribution can hurt 2016-2017 college aid.

5 Ways to Keep Calm, Carry On in Volatile Market
Don’t panic.

Why Paying Off Debt Could Actually Hurt Your Homebuying Chances
Strategic debt management.

What the Super Bowl Can Teach You About Money
The game off the field.

Your 2015 IRA Contribution Will Hurt Your Kid’s College Aid In 2016-2017
Find out how.

What to Do When You’ve Hit a Plateau With Your Money Goals
How to break through.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Debunking retirement money myths. Also in the news: How to get zen about your finances, how to pick the best target date fund, amd what stock market volatility means for your student loans.

5 retirement money myths debunked
Retirement mythbusting!

4 Zen Concepts That Will Improve Your Finances
Self-awareness is key.

10 Infamous ‘Last Words’ of Personal Finance
Look before you leap.

6 Tips for Picking the Best Target Date Fund
How to choose the right one.

What Stock Market Volatility Means for Your Student Loan Debt
Your variable interest loan could be in for a bumpy ride.