Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Wipe out credit card debt by setting SMART goals. Also in the news: What the Schwab-TD Ameritrade deal could mean for you, 5 financial tasks you should tackle by year-end, and how to get back on track after an early retirement withdrawal.

Wipe Out Credit Card Debt by Setting SMART Goals
Tackling your debt head on.

What the Schwab-TD Ameritrade Deal Could Mean for You
Two of the largest online discount brokers are merging.

5 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle by Year-End
Starting 2020 on the right foot.

How to Get Back on Track After an Early Retirement Withdrawal
Regaining your long-term savings.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to share a deed without an ‘I Do.’ Also in the news: 15 financial tasks for those preparing for a baby, 5 myths about debt consolidation, and why you should always check your automatic bill payments.

How to Share a Deed Without an ‘I Do’
Protecting your individual investments.

Preparing for a baby? Make sure you tackle these 15 financial tasks
Things are about to change.

5 myths about debt consolidation
Separating fact from fiction.

Always Check Your Automatic Bill Payments
You could be missing increases.

Got an hour? Chalk up 4 quick financial wins

Sometimes money is like technology. Getting stuff done — whether it’s updating an operating system or moving a bank account — often takes longer than it should.

There are some money chores, though, that can be done a lot faster than you may think. In my latest for the Associated Press, four financial tasks that take less than 15 minutes each.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: You don’t need to be a citizen to have a US bank account. Also in the news: 3 money tasks you shouldn’t do on your own, how to save on granite countertops, and how to find cheap transportation to and from major airports.

You Don’t Need to Be a Citizen to Have a US Bank Account
Protecting yourself and your money.

3 Money Tasks You Shouldn’t Tackle on Your Own
Calling in the pros.

Granite Countertops Cost: 7 Ways to Save
Gorgeous countertops for less.

How to Find Cheap Transportation to and From Major Airports
Saving your money for your actual vacation.