Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How COVID-19 payment accommodations may affect your credit. Also in the news: Mortgage “relief” and “refinance” searches spike during outbreak, why retailers host sales during the outbreak, and how to get Coronavirus relief payments for kids if you don’t files taxes.

How COVID-19 Payment Accommodations May Affect Your Credit
How the CARES Act affects credit reporting.

Mortgage ‘Relief’ and ‘Refinance’ Searches Spike During Outbreak
The Coronavirus has people examining their mortgages.

Another Email? Why Retailers Host Sales During Coronavirus Outbreak
Retailers are struggling.

How to Get Coronavirus Relief Payments for Kids If You Don’t File Taxes
Keep checking the IRS website.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Cashing out 401(k) due to COVID-19? Consider these things first. Also in the news: How one man paid off almost $37,000 of debt, what you need to know about COVID-19 and life insurance, and removing late payments from your credit report with a goodwill letter.

Cashing Out a 401(k) Due to COVID-19? Consider These Things First
Don’t make a rash decision.

How I Ditched Debt: Trimming Small Expenses to Achieve a Big Goal
How one man paid off almost $37,000 of debt.

Life insurance and COVID-19: What you need to know
Taking a look at the exceptions.

Remove Late Payments From Your Credit Report With a Goodwill Letter
It never hurts to ask.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 7 kinds of COVID-19 relief for college students. Also in the news: Why rich students get more financial aid than poor ones, a new episode of the SmartMoney podcast on Student Loans and the stimulus package, and what it means to be furloughed.

7 Kinds of COVID-19 Relief for College Students
From relief checks to Pell Grants.

Why Rich Students Get More Financial Aid Than Poor Ones
Accomplishments vs need.

SmartMoney Podcast: ‘Will the Coronavirus Stimulus Package Help Me With My Student Loans?’
Hitting the pause button.

What Does It Mean to Be Furloughed?
What to do when your workplace closes temporarily.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: COVID-19 loan options and payment relief. Also in the news: Why you shouldn’t give your adult kids your house, managing the high cost of infertility, and when you’ll get your Coronavirus relief check.

COVID-19: Loan Options and Payment Relief
Lenders respond to the pandemic.

Don’t Give Your Adult Kids Your House
Good intentions could cause big problems.

Managing the High Cost of Infertility
Evaluating your options.

Here’s When You’ll Get Your Coronavirus Relief Check
A look at the schedule.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How mortgage refinancing could save you money even if your loan is new. Also in the news: Where to stash your savings when cash management account rates take a dive, how to stock up wisely, emergency or not, and what the “history” part of your credit score really measures.

Mortgage Refinance Could Save Money — Even If Your Loan Is New
A typical refinance can save at least $150 a month.

Where to Stash Your Savings When Cash Management Account Rates Take a Dive
Taking a look at CDs and online accounts.

How to Stock Up Wisely, Emergency or Not
Stocking up strategically.

What the ‘History’ Part of Your Credit Score Really Measures
It isn’t just how long you’ve had credit.