Thursday’s need-to-know money news

How Boomers should prepare for Obamacare, the right time to purchase life insurance, and how to keep scammers away from your grandparents’ life savings. Six Things Boomers Need to Know About Obamacare Enrollment begins on October 1st. Knowing When You Need Life Insurance It’s likely sooner than you think. Your Kids And Money: Teaching The […]

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Are retirements really longer these days?

One of the “givens” I often see in discussions about retirement is the idea that previous generations didn’t have much of one. Great-grandpa got to the end of his working life, got his gold watch and keeled over. Short or non-existent retirements certainly were the rule before the 20th century. People usually worked until they […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Dealing with debt collectors, surviving natural disasters, and getting the best deals on car insurance. How to Figure Out Who Your Debt Collector Is Know who’s behind the incessant phone calls. If Your Finances Feel ‘Complex,’ It’s Probably a Bad Sign If sorting through your finances requires a Ph.D, chances are you’re in deep trouble. […]

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64 and broke: what now?

Dear Liz: I’m 64 and lost my last full-time job a year ago. I have since exhausted my unemployment benefits and been on and off food stamps. (I’m waiting to get back on them right now because my temporary-to-permanent job didn’t become permanent after all.) Fortunately I almost never need to go to a doctor, […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

How to avoid wrecking your credit, using your credit card to support your pet causes, and the most underrated jobs in America. 5 Habits That Can Wreck Your Credit Complacency is a credit killer. 5 Tips to Help 50-Somethings Make Ends Meet These tips can also help ease the transition into retirement. How to Pick […]

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Credit denial: a corporate trick or cause for alarm?

Dear Liz: A few years ago when buying my son his college laptop computer, I applied for the store card at a big, well-known electronics store (at the encouragement of the sales associate). I was denied. I have never been denied a credit card before. I have eight cards that are always paid off monthly, […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Saving for the holidays, how to manage your finances while having ADHD, and how letting Big Brother ride shotgun could save you money on car insurance. Why You Need to Save Now for Christmas Yes, it’s only September. No, that’s not too early. 5 Years After Financial Crisis: Meet the New Consumer The financial crisis […]

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Something to be proud of

As you may know by now, I won’t be writing for MSN after Sept. 30, when the site pulls the plug on original content. (Translated: instead of paying writers, MSN will be getting its articles for free from other sites.) I don’t know what’s next, but I’m kind of excited by the possibilities that are […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Why Generation X needs to accept the inevitable, coping with a layoff, and how the key to financial prosperity could be inside a funeral home. Survey: Gen X seriously short on life insurance Note to Gen Xers: You’re not getting any younger. 3 Ways You May Be Throwing Money Away Without Realizing It Hands off […]

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Are prepaid cards good for an allowance?

Dear Liz: My son is 12 and receives a regular monthly allowance that I’ve been giving to him in cash. I think it might be time for a checking account. I would like to teach him about using a debit card and not overdrawing his account. All the banks that I have called will not […]

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