Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Pension lump sum or annuity? How to decide. Also in the news: 7 things college freshmen don’t need – and 10 they do, how to get your credit card’s annual fee waived, and exactly how much it will cost to retire well in every state in America.

Pension Lump Sum or Annuity? How to Decide
The health of your fiscal plan is key.

7 Things College Freshmen Don’t Need — and 10 They Do
Skip the big TV.

How to Get Your Credit Card’s Annual Fee Waived
Get ready to spend some time on the phone.

This is exactly how much it will cost to retire well in every state in America
Planning ahead.

Make your money last in retirement

Many people worry about running out of money in retirement. That’s understandable, since we don’t know how long we’ll live, what your future costs might be and what kind of returns we can expect on our savings. There are several ways, however, to boost the odds that your money will last as long as you […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Hot to curtail currency fees when paying for stuff abroad. Also in the news: Social Security myths, which grocery delivery subscription is the best deal, and why your investing plan really matters. How to Curtail Currency Fees When Paying for Stuff Abroad Saving a little extra. Don’t Believe These Social Security Myths […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What college students need to know about driving for Uber, Lyft. Also in the news: 4 beach vacations that maximize your points and miles, how to make your day at the ballpark a money-saving win, and how the opioid crisis is leading to elder financial abuse. What College Students Need to Know […]

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Q&A: When family balks at paying their fair share

Dear Liz: I inherited half a duplex from my parents. They were partners with my aunt and uncle. When alive, all parties shared expenses for the common areas. I rent out my half of the duplex while my aunt still lives in the other half. My cousins now control my aunt’s finances (she is 94 […]

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Q&A: Working after retirement

Dear Liz: My profession was one of the hardest hit by the Great Recession. I retired by default when I turned 62 in 2012. My Social Security payment was reduced because I started it early. I’ve found it necessary to return to the workforce part time to move beyond just surviving and have some discretionary […]

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Q&A: Investing books for beginners

Dear Liz: What are the best books for a beginning adult investor? Answer: “The Little Book of Common Sense Investing,” by the late John Bogle, is a terrific explanation of why low-cost index funds are the best choice for most people (a sentiment shared by legendary investor Warren Buffett, who also endorsed the book). If […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What will long-term care cost you? Also in the news: Social Security myths, the best cities for first-time home buyers, and how to pay less to your credit card company. What Will Long-Term Care Cost You? Almost everyone will need it after 65. Don’t Believe These Social Security Myths Checking the facts. […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Why you should shop for a car loan before going to the dealership. Also in the news: The lowdown on new tools to jump-start your credit, 7 Father’s Day gift ideas under $50, and the best beach towns to spend your retirement. Car Buyers’ Best Cost-Saving Move: Shop for a Loan First […]

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