Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 6 credit card scams and how to avoid them. Also in the news: A new episode of the SmartMoney podcast on COVID impulse spending and building credit while paying off debt, how Black Friday shopping could look very different this year, and making a plan to repay your borrowed 401(k) money.

6 Credit Card Scams and How to Avoid Them
Crooks don’t have to steal your card — just your card information. Keep your money and your identity safe.

Smart Money Podcast: COVID Impulse Spending, and Building Credit While Paying Debt
Finding the right payoff method for your debt.

Black Friday Shopping Could Look Very Different This Year
Lining up for doorbusters could be a thing of the past.

Make a Plan to Repay Your Borrowed 401(k) Money
Start thinking of a payoff strategy.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Amazon card emails were a mistake, not a hack, says issuer. Also in the news: 5 ways you’re shopping Cyber Monday all wrong, the next 4 weeks will deliver major discounts, and why you should warn your parents about gold and silver coin scams.

Amazon Card Emails Were a Mistake, Not a Hack, Says Issuer
Thousands received confusing emails.

5 Ways You’re Shopping Cyber Monday All Wrong
Coupons are key.

The Next 4 Weeks Will Deliver Major Discounts
What to buy (and skip) in December.

Warn Your Parents About Gold and Silver Coin Scams
Facebook ads are targeting seniors.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What is a wealth tax and how does it work? Also in the news: Capital One rewards will soon be redeemable on Amazon.com, are TV’s really a good deal on Black Friday, and ways to avoid taking this season’s holiday debt into the next.

What Is a Wealth Tax and How Does It Work?
Looking at the difference between a person’s assets and liabilities.

Capital One Rewards Will Soon Be Redeemable Via Amazon.com
Just in time for the holidays.

Are TVs really a good deal on Black Friday?
Go big or stay home.

Ways To Avoid Taking This Season’s Holiday Debt Into The New Year
A few ways to save.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to find your financial footing after losing your job. Also in the news: A new SmartMoney podcast episode on Black Friday, apps to help with your holiday shopping, and how not to get phished when shopping online.

You Lost Your Job? Here’s How to Find Your Financial Footing
Bouncing back.

SmartMoney Podcast: ‘Does Black Friday Live Up to the Hype?’
Are the crazy lines worth it?

Apps to help with your holiday shopping
From lists to discounts.

How to Not Get Phished When Shopping Online
Scams are increasingly sophisticated.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 6 great all-inclusive trips you can book this winter with points. Also in the news: Black Friday strategies that actually work, how to make the most of your 401(k), and how to set boundaries when your family is bad with money.

6 Great All-Inclusives You Can Book This Winter With Points
Get out of the cold.

Shoppers Share Black Friday Strategies That Actually Work
Hit the sales with a plan.

How to make the most of your 401(k)
Mistakes to avoid.

How to Set Boundaries When Your Family Is Bad With Money
Putting yourself first.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 5 ways to take command of military discounts. Also in the news: The best credit cards to use when buying airfare, Black Friday strategies that actually work, and how to spend your retirement savings without triggering a tax penalty.

5 Ways to Take Command of Military Discounts
Thank you for your service.

Buying Airfare? Use These Cards to Maximize Your Points
Getting the most for your purchase.

Shoppers Share Black Friday Strategies That Actually Work
Tackling your holiday shopping.

How to spend your retirement savings without triggering a tax penalty
Draw down your money at the right time.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Speedier payment systems could curb your costs. Also in the news: Black Friday vs. Prime Day: How they stack up, 5 signs an online loan is a debt trap, and everything you need to know about your 2020 taxes.

Speedier Payment Systems Could Curb Your Costs
Real-time payments could save Americans billions.

Black Friday vs. Prime Day: How They Stack Up
71% of Americans plan to shop on Black Friday.

5 Signs an Online Loan Is a Debt Trap
Look for the warning signs.

Here’s everything you need to know about your 2020 taxes
There’s a new tax code.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: You owe interest on a 0% APR credit card. How did that happen? Also in the news: How to choose the right health plan, how to win big on Black Friday, and how your travel plans affect which Medicare coverage you should choose.

You Owe Interest on a 0% APR Credit Card. How Did That Happen?
Could be several reasons.

How to Choose the Right Health Plan
Happy Open Enrollment season!

Win Big on Black Friday by Buying This — and Not That
Creating a Black Friday strategy.

How your travel plans affect which Medicare coverage you should choose
Yes, you read that correctly.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 6 places to shop on Black Friday. Also in the news: Is a 580 credit score good or bad, a new bill would make for-profit colleges ineligible for federal student loans, and what to do if a stranger sends you money on Venmo.

6 Places to Shop on Black Friday — Big-Boxes and Beyond
Thinking outside the big box.

580 Credit Score: Good or Bad?
Steps to take to get out of the bad place.

Bill would make for-profit colleges ineligible for federal student loans
Many of these schools aren’t accredited.

What to Do If a Stranger Sends You Money on Venmo
The latest scam.