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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Don’t believe these Social Security myths

Researchers tell us that most people would be better off waiting to claim Social Security benefits. Yet most people file early. More than half apply for Social Security before they reach full retirement age, which is currently 66 and rising to 67 for people born in 1960 and later. More than 30% apply as soon […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Amazon, Synchrony launch credit builder card. Also in the news: 5 reasons to keep renting, 5 steps to consolidate your debt with a personal loan, and when to use cash instead of credit. Amazon, Synchrony Launch Secured Credit Builder Card Amazon targets the secured credit market. 5 Reasons to Keep Renting More […]

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Q&A: Estate tax versus inheritance tax

Dear Liz: In a recent column, you wrote that “only six states … have inheritance taxes.” My state of Oregon is not listed. Oregon certainly has an estate tax (one of the highest in the U.S.) and Washington also has one. Answer: Many people confuse estate and inheritance taxes, but they’re not the same thing. […]

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