Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The end of student loan forbearance will be tougher on women. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on what people get wrong about credit and how to build a budget when you’re self-employed, 5 misconceptions about how insurers price your auto premium, and start your holiday savings now to skip the regret later.

The End of Student Loan Forbearance Will Be Tougher on Women
Over a million women have had to drop out of the workforce

Smart Money Podcast: What People Get Wrong About Credit, and Self-Employed Budgeting
A discussion about what people get wrong when it comes to managing their credit — and how they can improve their credit the right way.

5 Misconceptions About How Insurers Price Your Auto Premium
Getting to the truth.

Start Holiday Savings Now, and Skip the Regret Later
Between now and December, these money-saving strategies can keep you from taking on additional debt or overspending.

Q&A: How to pass on inheritance to your children

Dear Liz: I may inherit $500,000 but do not necessarily need the money for my retirement. Is there a way to pass that inheritance, or a part of it, to my two children without incurring a taxable event for myself or for them? I may want to ask my parents to add that to their […]

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Q&A: Medicare Advantage questions

Dear Liz: You posted a letter against Medicare Advantage plans. The letter suggested that you had to go to their doctors, which is false. You can go out of network with a higher deductible. I will also tell you that most of those same doctors accept your in-network deductible. I do this all the time […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 4 ways to fortify your finances against natural disasters. Also in the news: What ‘Medicare For All’ could mean for your healthcare, 8 times to rethink asking for a credit card product change, and the risks of crypto loans. 4 Ways to Fortify Your Finances Against Natural Disaster A “go bag” for […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The myths and realities of building your credit. Also in the news: What to expect if you test positive for COVID while traveling abroad, how to handle a top travel concern that emerged this summer, and how to tell if your employer’s 401(K) plan is any good. Building Your Credit: Myths and […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Make your money more exciting by keeping it boring. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on finding a new job and rent vs. buy in a new city, 7 ways to make more confident COVID-Era business decisions, and why you might finally qualify for student loan […]

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Q&A: Part D premiums can vary widely

Dear Liz: Regarding Medicare, there is one more point I think you need to tell readers, and that is the high cost of Part D prescription drug coverage for people who choose original Medicare. For example, if you need just a few expensive drugs that are “Tier 3″ or higher, and coupled with the monthly […]

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Q&A: When to start spousal benefits?

Dear Liz: At what age do Social Security benefits stop for dependents? My child is 17 and is currently getting half of my Social Security amount. When her benefits stop, can I sign up my nonworking spouse to receive half of my benefits? Answer: A minor child can receive up to half of a retirement-aged […]

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Q&A: Ask a tax pro before Roth conversion

Dear Liz: I’m almost 70, still working, and I’ve got a decent-size IRA as well as a 403(b) that I plan to move to an IRA when I retire. Because I have a pension and other investments, I don’t think I’ll ever need the money in the IRA and 403(b). Should I convert to a […]

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Q&A: What’s the difference between ETFs, mutual funds and index funds?

Dear Liz: What is the difference between ETFs, mutual funds and index funds? Answer: Index funds are a type of mutual fund. Mutual funds and ETFs both allow you to buy a diversified mix of investments, but they’re structured differently. Mutual fund shares are usually priced once a day, based on the value of their […]

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