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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Q&A: Here’s how to pick the best retirement account

Dear Liz: Can you explain the difference between a Roth IRA and a Roth 401(k)? What are the benefits of a Roth 401(k)? My company offers it and I am considering beginning to make deferral contributions there while continuing my 401(k) contributions. Answer: Contributions to Roth IRAs and Roth 401(k)s are after tax, which means […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 5 tips to keep a landscaping project on time and under budget. Also in the news: The mortgage outlook for June, student loan interest rates to increase July 1st, and how to get Amazon Prime Day prices without a membership. 5 Tips to Keep a Landscaping Project on Time, Under Budget DIY […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How a mortgage nerd bought a house in a seller’s market. Also in the news: Why you should consider a second city trip in 2021, what changed while you were ignoring travel, and why travel is more expensive this summer. How a Mortgage Nerd Bought a House in a Seller’s Market Buying […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Federal student loan interest rates to increase July 1st. Also in the news: What it would take to solve the student debt crisis, 4 tips for small business owners paying down pandemic debt, and how to be a better long-distance caregiver. Federal Student Loan Interest Rates to Increase July 1 Rates will […]

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Q&A: If you lost your job, here’s how to find free health insurance

Dear Liz: I have read that the unemployed can qualify for free health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges. I’m trying to confirm whether my state, which did not accept expanded Medicaid coverage, is offering this to its residents. My position was eliminated with no warning because of the pandemic and I’m finding Healthcare.gov […]

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Q&A: Taxes on a home sale

Dear Liz: My wife wants to sell our home of three years for a $300,000 profit after an extensive remodel and move into our rental home. She wants to stay there for two years and then sell to take advantage of the capital gains exemption. If we do it her way, we lower our monthly […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to be a better long-distance caregiver. Also in the news: 4 tips for small-business owners paying down pandemic debt, how to buy an electric car, and how to avoid paying a penalty if you filed your taxes late. How to Be a Better Long-Distance Caregiver Get the most out of technology, […]

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