Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 4 small-business innovations that will outlast the pandemic. Also in the news: Banking tools that can help boost savings while paying off debt, preparing for an intense wildfire season in the western United States, and the best kind of car to buy in this inflated market.

4 Small-Business Innovations That Will Outlast the Pandemic
The innovative adaptations small-business owners were forced to make to their operations during COVID-19 may offer benefits for the future.

Banking Tools Can Help Boost Savings While Paying Off Debt
Common banking tools to use that can help you pay off debt while adding to your savings.

Get Ready for an Intense Wildfire Season in the Western U.S.
You should have an emergency plan, prepare your property and make sure your belongings are insured.

What’s The Best Kind Of Car To Buy In This Inflated Market?
Getting the most for your money.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The pros and cons of selling your home to an iBuyer. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on travel insurance and buying an electric car, 5 pandemic credit card habits to carry forward, and preparing your wedding budget for the reception resurgence. Pros and Cons of […]

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Q&A: When to claim Social Security

Dear Liz: The common assumption seems to be that, in most cases, it’s a good idea to delay collecting Social Security because the longer you wait, the higher your monthly benefits will be. I will reach my full retirement age of 66 years and 2 months in July. According to the Social Security Administration website, […]

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Q&A: This $1 house deal comes with elder care responsibility. It could get complicated

Dear Liz: My father-in-law died recently. My mother-in-law is not well enough to live alone. My husband has a brother and a sister who would like my husband and me to buy my in-laws’ big, old home for $1, take care of my mother-in-law 24/7, and make 60 years’ worth of updates and repairs to […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What to do if you save too much for retirement. Also in the news: The ins and outs of starting a car, financial pros are hanging on to stocks, and why you need multiple savings accounts. What to Do If You Save Too Much for Retirement Saving too much for retirement can […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to know when it’s time to ditch your starter credit card. Also in the news: How to cover yourself against car theft, tips on paying for your wedding, and how to make a budget if you want to freelance full time. How to Know When It’s Time to Ditch a Starter […]

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What to do if you save too much for retirement

Many Americans don’t save enough for retirement, but it’s entirely possible to save too much — at least according to the IRS. Tax laws limit how much you’re allowed to contribute to retirement accounts, and excess contributions can be penalized. Uncle Sam doesn’t want you to leave the money in the account too long, either. […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What Grammy winner Brandi Carlile can teach you about money. Also in the news: What changed when you were ignoring travel, top 12 best business credit cards for startups, and how to claim your monthly child tax credit. What Grammy Winner Brandi Carlile Can Teach You About Money In her new memoir, […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: When it’s OK to let your good credit score drop. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on crypto credit cards and short-term investing, why balance transfer cards are starting to make a comeback, and how a 24-year-old crushed $20K+ in credit card debt. When It’s OK […]

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Q&A: A sudden death brings a financial quandary

Dear Liz: My son suddenly passed away and his $1-million life insurance policy was awarded to me, his mother. I want the money to be divided equally between his two children for future use. They are 18 and 15 now. What financial vehicle should I use? The funds are in my money market account just […]

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