Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Financial experts share what they wish they could have told their younger selves about money. Also in the news: A shift in the housing market, student loan borrowers in default get a do-over, and 4 ways to find flight deals.

Just Starting Out? Learn From Our Mistakes
Some personal finance experts share what they wish they could have told their younger selves about money.

Suddenly, the Housing Market Is Not All About the Sellers
Selling a home these days isn’t as effortless as a year ago, when a seller could choose among competing buyers.

Student Loan Borrowers in Default Get a Do-Over
About 7.5 million student loan borrowers with loans in default are set to get a fresh start — a chance to enter repayment in “good standing” — but only if they opt in.

Flight Deals Still Exist: 4 Ways to Find Them
Vigilance, flexibility and some airline miles are key to getting good deals in today’s airfare market.

Just Starting Out? Learn From Our Mistakes

Those of us who write and talk about money for a living tend to have our financial acts together. But that wasn’t always the case. In my latest for the Associated Press, I invited some personal finance experts to share what they wish they could have told their younger selves about money.

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Why don’t we know if people are getting COVID on airplanes? Also in the news: changes to electronic vehicle tax credits, will interest rates continue to rise, and the stupidest fees you should never pay. Why Don’t We Know If People Are Getting COVID on Planes? With all the energy devoted to […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What Medicare Part A’s belly-up date means for you. In other news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on investing for your dream life, what the Inflation Reduction Act means for your Medicare coverage, and what small businesses should do now to prep for a recession. What Medicare Part A’s […]

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Q&A: Medicare Part A

Dear Liz: You recently answered a question from someone who was delaying signing up for Medicare because he had health insurance through his job. You mentioned that if the employer had 20 or more employees, he didn’t have to sign up until that employment ended. That’s correct, but there’s typically no cost for Medicare Part […]

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Q&A: Switching back to original Medicare

Dear Liz: I’m 75 and I’ve been on an Advantage plan since I started on Medicare at 65. I’m interested in switching to original Medicare with a supplemental policy. I know I will have to enroll in a drug policy also. Will I be subject to any penalties for late enrollment for any of the […]

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Q&A: Social Security and divorce

Dear Liz: I was married for 25 years. Most of the time, I was a full-time housewife and worked part time here and there. Social Security keeps telling me that I can’t collect on my ex’s Social Security until he dies. He is 74 and I am 72. I started collecting at 62 and don’t […]

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Q&A: How your health insurance costs could rise because of a Roth IRA conversion

Dear Liz: With the recent stock market correction, I am considering doing a Roth conversion on an existing IRA now that it is worth less. I can handle the accompanying income tax hit. But while I see plenty of ink spilled on how a Roth conversion can increase Medicare premiums, what about Affordable Care Act […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 3 ways to fight inflation and win the long game. Also in the news: Why you shouldn’t bank on your business to fund your retirement, how to save on school supplies by tapping your community, and how to tell if a credit card annual fee is worth it. 3 Ways to Fight […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: This year’s summer travel FOMO is real. Also in the news: Is it better to book Airbnbs in advance or last minute, the cheapest road trip in America, and the basic loan terms everyone needs to know before borrowing money. This Year’s Summer Travel FOMO Is Real It can be challenging to […]

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